Usher Raymond is a child star who did well for himself. Unlike others raised in the spotlight, we never heard allegations of abuse, drugs or impropriety. Justin Bieber's mentor is by all accounts a clean and upright citizen. The fact that he's gorgeous and talented with a killer body doesn't hurt his image either.
Enter Tameka Foster Raymond. Usher fans will remember that his mother, Jonetta Patton, allegedly protested his marriage to the celeb stylist. Sure, the former Ms. Foster was a few years older but Usher's dating history shows that he prefers mature women. He was romantically linked to gorgeous older woman Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the girl group TLC. No one faults Michael Douglas or Harrison Ford for their May-December relationships, right?
Tameka and Usher's 2009 divorce was not friendly by any means. Fans watched it all play out on his chart-busting album, "Raymond v. Raymond." The album's song titles include: "There Goes My Baby," "Mars vs. Venus," "Monstar" and "Lil Freak."
Currently, the Raymonds are fighting it out in court for custody of their two minor children, Usher V and Naviyd Eli. The boys are five and four-years-old, respectively. The custody case appears to be even more vicious and contentious than the divorce. At one point the prolific R&B superstar even broke down crying on the witness stand.
The ugly court case has been soap opera level shocking. Usher accuses Tameka of being violent, cursing, spitting and threatening to beat up his current girlfriend, Grace Miguel. The chocolate beauty accuses Usher of using drugs in the presence of his children. The drugs in question are marijuana and ecstasy. That's just the beginning.
If Usher can tell his side of the story on an album, Tameka figures she can tell her side on Twitter. She writes, "Media is an amazing machine.. so easily bought by politics, money & popularity. Truth is rarely sought.. they show one sided accounts 2 [sic] sway." Her post seems to be in response to a scathing photo posted and deleted from Usher's Facebook page. In the photo, it appears as if the former Mrs. Raymond is delighting in a bag of chips during Usher's despair.
The latest surprise is a new allegation of Usher having sex with two of his former bridesmaids. The accusation was leveled at him by Tameka's lawyer. Tameka tweets, "I pray that the truth finally gets out. I didnt [sic] start this battle, I filed in response. Research, pls use ur brain & not the obvious show."
No wonder Usher was crying.
It looks like this battle is just heating up. Unfortunately, two little boys are at the center of it. Tameka also has three other children from previous relationships. A former nanny accuses both Usher and Tameka of being bad parents.
Who do you believe?
Are you Team Usher or Team Tameka?
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