Usher: “I Was Born To Be A Father”
Usher Raymond IV has sold over 48 million albums, dated some of the world’s most beautiful women, helped discover other multi-platinum artists (e.g., Justin Beiber). But what is his most prized accomplishment? Being a father. That’s right. One of music’s most eligible bachelors, says, “I’m a dad, first and foremost. Of course I have to travel and make a living, but my sons are my priority….I never knew I could be so happy just hanging out with them. I was born for this.”
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To make it all work, the singer has forged a cordial relationship with their mother, Tameka Foster, 39, whom he divorced in 2009 after a rocky two-year marriage that included a canceled wedding and what he calls “epic” disagreements. “We had to put our issues aside and focus on raising them,” says Usher. (He and Foster share custody of Usher V, who turns 3 in November, and Naviyd, who turns 2 a month later.) “It’s what responsible parents do. There will never be another mother for my sons. And I’ll always be their father.”
“Our past can lead us down a road because we didn’t even know it would,” explains Usher. “The time spent with a father will teach you a certain understanding of life and how to cope and deal with things. The lack of a father being there can also teach you how to deal with life.”