Usher Breaks His Silence on Custody Battle During Chat with Oprah
We’ve all been looking forward to hearing his side of the custody battle with Tameka Foster, and last night (September 16) Usher's interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” hit the airwaves.
The “U Remind Me” singer began, "This will be the only time that I've ever chosen to speak about it. I've been a man of integrity throughout the entire process, which I hope my boys will understand. That's the way to go. That's the way to be."
Of the wedding drama back in 2007, when his mother refused to attend the ceremony, Usher confessed, "I wanted to give her the wedding that she wanted. But I wasn't quite ready. I impregnated this woman, we were in a relationship, we were in love. . . I was taking responsibility."
And one year later, he knew things weren’t going to last. "When we had Usher V, it was by far the most incredible moment of my life. I couldn't have been more happy. After that, I did get a great sense of the insecurities that were there and the fact that she wasn't coping well with being in this position, being married to Usher, and all that came with that."
"Let's put aside all of the issues that come with being a celebrity and having married someone that people don't approve of. You have at-home problems with communication, with understanding of how things go. It is hard being married."
"I didn't know how to balance it. It was obviously too much for me. I didn't want to get to the point where I would cause myself harm or do anything that I felt like would be harmful to me, so I couldn't stay in it."
Usher added that they decided to divorce in 2009 after Foster accused him of being an ‘absentee’ father. "Absentee from the aspect of having to go and work, that probably would be her version or idea what absentee would be. But no, I'm not an absentee father at all."
As of now, "We don't see eye-to-eye. The friend that I was to Tameka, I don't know that I could ever be again, because I really felt like we were friends. She made us enemies in a way that I could never understand. It wasn't until I was on the stand, where I cried, when I realized, 'Oh, this is an attack.'"
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