I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Usher‘s 5-year-old son, also named Usher, was rushed to hospital last week after he nearly drowned in the pool at his father’s Atlanta home. He had to be resuscitated because he took in large amounts of water and basically almost died. The incident is doubly awful considering Usher’s ex-wife and little Usher’s mother Tameka Foster already lost her 11-year-old son from another marriage last year after a jet skiing accident.
In any case, little Usher is okay and recovering at home, and Tameka has spoken out to insist that she doesn’t blame big Usher for the accident during an appearance on Good Morning America.
“I don’t know if there’s a way for a blood pressure to peak higher so quick. I was at a dental appointment and [Usher] doesn’t call me regularly, so when I saw his number come up I immediately jumped up because I figured, ‘He has the boys – I need to get this’.
“It was like I relived [last year]. My brain just went into all those modes of thinking, and I even said on the phone, I said, ‘I’ve had this call before’.”
“I was like, ‘How did this happen? Who was watching him? Why was my son underwater for nearly three minutes?’ I didn’t blame [Usher] for it – I just was angry that it happened on his watch, because while accidents happen, never have my children been injured on my watch.”
Tameka called an emergency custody hearing after the incident, though Usher eventually won it. Here’s what happened with that:
“My attorney filed an emergency motion so that when my son was released from the hospital, he wasn’t going to have to go back to the house where the incident happened, because based on our custody schedule, just like now, my son was released into his father’s care again. I deem that an emergency.
“I’d like to have my first right of refusal, which means that when he is not present the kids come home to their mom. They don’t stay home with their nanny and watch whatever show he’s on. They come home to their mother. I had to see on Instagram that my 4-year-old lost his first tooth. That’s my baby. Things that are precious moments, milestone moments, I’m just missing them.”
She has a point, to be honest. I don’t know what kind of father Usher is and I don’t particularly care, though I do think that while accidents happen, there was probably some amount of distraction there (or just not paying attention) that led to this happening. Tameka has gotten a bad rap in the press, but I dunno, I’m with her on this one… and just glad that the kid is okay.
August 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
It’s no secret that Justin Bieber has gone from a cutie patootie 13-year-old kid with (seemingly) lots of talent to raging asshole with far more bark than his bite that you wanna slap in the face. It’s pretty bad when even mentor realises that you’re heading down the wrong road, and indeed Usher has spoken out to say that he’s “hoping for the best” when it comes to Justin getting his shit together.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Usher tried to be as diplomatic as possible about the situation, saying:
“I think all of us, in some way, have humble beginnings that pan out to be incredible and we hope that in his transition, as friends and family who have helped him be who he is, that he’ll continue to just mature.
“In this [day and] age of social media, there is no privacy and that kind of trial and elimination period is kind of done in front of a camera… Many other celebrities are products of it and some come out bad and some come out good.
“I am hoping for the best. I don’t look at it as a negative, though, I look at it as a teenager – he’s a teenager having to live his life in front of a camera. Imagine if you had to do that as a teenager.”
May 30, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Usher may be raking it in on The Voice (please do not bring him back next season, NBC), but he’s not paying up alleged overtime wages owed to a former nanny who looked after his two kids, aged 4 and 5 at the time, from 2010 to 2011. The new Larry David now faces a lawsuit from the nanny, which is apparently bullshit (as so many of them are).
Cecilia Duncan is suing the singer, claiming Usher hired her as a part-time nanny back in December 2010 and she worked her ass off caring for his two sons (aged 4 and 5) often exceeding 40 hours per week.
According to the lawsuit, Cecilia felt like she was being overworked without being paid overtime … and expressed her concerns to Usher in 2011 that she was being shafted.
Cecilia says Usher ignored her complaints for more than a year … and finally fired her ass last September without paying her overtime money.
She’s now suing for wrongful termination, failure to pay wages, and more — demanding unspecified damages. Sources close to the lawsuit tell us she wants in the six-figure range.
May 14, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
I don’t know what possessed Usher to say this shit, but he turned up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and started making pretending that he’s led by his spirit animal before insisting he’s just a misunderstood comedian. You know, like Larry David. –__–
“My humor doesn’t always connect… I’m the new Larry David.”
“I’m kind of misunderstood. I curb your enthusiasm.”
I think that’s not… I mean, I’m not sure that works how you think it does, Usher. I love Larry David and I don’t have any feelings about Usher (even though I’m seeing a lot more of him now that The Voice is back), but I don’t think he’s ever made me laugh. He’s a singer. Just sing, man.
March 28, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Usher‘s stepson, Kyle, the son of Tameka Foster, had been declared brain dead after a jet ski accident. At the time, it was unclear if Tameka had decided whether or not to take her son off of life support, but this morning, she made the difficult decision.
Usher’s 11-year-old stepson has passed away this morning from injuries suffered in a tragic jetski accident in Georgia earlier this month … TMZ has learned.
Doctors removed 11-year-old Kyle Glover from life support after it was determined the injuries were too severe to overcome. We’re told Kyle’s mother, Tameka Foster, struggled tremendously with the decision.
According to our sources, Tameka is understandably devastated.
Glover was injured on July 8 … as he was riding in an inner tube that was connected to a pontoon in Lake Lanier. According to authorities, a family friend who was riding a jetski behind the pontoon lost control and collided with Glover’s tube.
The accident is currently under investigation.
Obviously, this is tragic news, and I really don’t know what else to say about it, so let’s all just agree to take a few moments to send some good thoughts to Usher, Tameka, and everyone else in the world who is having a horrible, awful day, all right?
July 21, 2012 at 11:00 am by Emily
For any of you guys who might have missed it this past weekend, Usher‘s eleven-year-old stepson (the son of soon-to-be ex-wife Tameka Foster) was struck by a jetski while he was floating on an inner tube on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia.
Usher’s 11-year-old stepson has been declared brain dead by doctors following the accident Friday when he was struck by a jet ski … TMZ has learned.
According to our sources, Kyle Glover (son of Usher’s estranged wife Tameka Foster) has not experienced any brain activity since he was admitted to the hospital. We’re told there has been no decision yet as to whether or not to take him off life support.
Our sources say Usher arrived at the hospital last night and Tameka has not left the hospital since she got there.
As TMZ first reported, Kyle was struck in the head by passing jet ski while riding on an inner tube on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, GA.
This is seriously heartbreaking. At eleven years old, this child is going to die? I shake my head in sadness and disbelief. I also can’t fathom the decision that Tameka is going to have to make in taking her son off of life support, even though there’s no chance that her son will ever gain consciousness again.
What a nightmare, guys. Say some prayers of strength for the family and thankfulness that you’ve got whatever it is you’ve got, because this is just another showcase of how things can happen in the blink of an eye and change your life forever.