Just this year, Usher Raymond IV name has experienced another level of publicity but this time not for any blockbuster hit but for his health status. Heads started springing up with accusations that they had contracted Herpes from this singer. Laura Helm went public after filing a $20 million law suit, another man came up saying he met the Grammy winner at a spa and contracted the disease; yet another woman claimed that he gave her this same disease which caused her twins to be still born. It is not news any longer that the music legend has had quite a rough year this year but let’s rewind back to when he was still famous for being a great singer.
The R&B singer began his career as the teenager who was always winning music contests and eventually won the Star Search show. From there, he signed a contract with LaFace Music in 1992. His initial image was the bay boy pose which was birthed while he worked under Sean Combs. Gradually, he took control of his public image and his bestselling albums eventually shot him through to international boards.
Date of Birth: October 14, 1978
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Usher was truly diagnosed with herpes. He was allegedly exposed to the disease in 2009 when there were reports of a greenish discharge oozing out of his genitalia during a romantic tryst. Doctors have asserted that he is an asymptomatic carrier but the effects of the disease on his carrier would definitely take a while to die down. Amidst all the negative publicity however, he has had a strong support system and a few people who bring him joy and laughter despite what the tabloids are saying about him. Read on as we get to know these people individually, starting from his birth family.
Usher Raymond III (father)
Date of Birth: March 26, 1955
Date of Death: January 18, 2008 (aged 52)
Zodiac Sign: Aries
The notorious Raymond left the house when his little boy was just one year old and that was pretty much the last of him to his family. According to his famous son, he lived a fast life and never established a relationship with his family until he died from a life-long addiction to crack. Usher got a chance to reunite with his father and he was at his wedding with Tameka.
Jonetta Patton (mother)
Date of Birth: April 6, 1957
Zodiac Sign: Aries
After her husband left, Patton became solely responsible for raising her baby boy. She got married to another man and had another son. Thankfully, she had her mother to help her bring up the two boys. When Usher was nine, his mother made him join the church choir and that was how his talents as an awesome singer was discovered. The family moved to Atlanta with the hope that a bigger city would provide better opportunities for the young talent they were proud of.
Jonetta managed her son for years until he married Tameka whose wedding Patton chose not to attend. She was fired as her son’s manager in May 2007 in favor of super-agent Benny Medina but later rumored that his then wife Foster was behind the dismissal. Usher and his mom were not on good terms while he was married to his first wife but things got better after their divorce. Jonetta was reinstalled into her managerial duties again in August 2008 but this time around, her insecurities came crawling back.
It is safe to conclude that Patton is the kind of mother/manager who wants nothing to come in between her and her son, not even his wife. An insider says Patton sees Grace (Usher’s current wife) as a rival and even fears that her meddling could affect her son’s career and she would not like this as she was solely responsible for grooming her son in his initial years in the music business.
Asides’ being a mother to the music star, Jonetta is also the founder of a Kitchen that helps young and aspiring entrepreneurs grow into their own. May 2016, she launched a culinary incubator with several shared kitchens for early-stage restaurateurs to work with before they can finally stand on their own.
James Antwon ‘J-Lack’ Lackey (younger half-brother from mother’s second marriage)
Year of Birth: 1984
He is the only sibling to the sensational singer and is in the music line himself but basically works with record production. Both brothers are close and JLack calls his brother Big Time as he has always done since they were much younger.
Usher also has half-siblings on his father side: Tomika Johnson, Ursula Parson, Ushyra Raymond and Shelley (Kevin) Lusk.
Tameka Foster (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: August 3, 2007 – 2009 (2 years)
Date of Birth: January 1, 1971
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Celebrity wardrobe stylist Foster was married to Ryan Glover for five years before meeting Usher and she was a mother already to three kids. The year she divorced Glover was the same year they got married but things didn’t quite go as planned. The first odd thing was when the singer had to cancel the plans for an elaborate wedding and settle for a private ceremony as he felt people were not responding the way he’ll like them to especially his mother who ended up not attending the wedding.
They soon became parents to two boys but the relationship soured quickly. Usher confessed that towards the end of their union, he was lost and just wanted out and that he was not faithful all the way. Raymond has admitted that he played a role in their failed marriage but says he is still baffled at how fast they became enemies through their custody battle.
Grace Miguel (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: 2015 till present (started dating in 2009)
Date of Birth: April 3, 1969
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Her real name is Michelle Grace Harry but is known famously as Grace Miguel. She was the executive chef on the Cosby show and has also worked with a number of record labels. She is basically not just an arm candy for the renowned artiste but she is as successful and independent with a lot going for her. Miguel is even a board member on Usher’s philanthropy which is dedicated to helping disconnected youths make sound career choices.
They began dating in 2009 shortly after his alleged herpes diagnosis. They were pretty much low key while they dated and the next we heard about the couple was that they had gotten engaged in 2015. Grace and Usher were married secretly that same year and the first public announcement was at an Ellen show where the famous host congratulated the fine performer on his new status. He later revealed that he had gotten married to his sweet half at a private Cuban ceremony seeing that’s where Grace hails.
Miguel like her lovely husband also has children from a previous relationship; daughter Leaf who is a rapper and son Raiden who is the youngest Miguel child. The singer has explained that his wife is more than her title which reads “the management, branding and marketing force behind the musical powerhouse”. He sees her as the incredible partner that has helped him through some of his hardest times in his life and career. Usher is grateful that his wife doesn’t just relate with him as the dancer that he is butt she understands all of him as a person first before any other cap he wears.
Kile Glover (late step-son from marriage to Tameka Foster)
Date of Birth: March 29, 2001
Date of Death: July 21, 2012 (aged 11)
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Kile was very much a part of the singer’s life after he married Tameka. He was born to Foster in her five-year marriage to Ryan Glover and became the step-son of the famous artiste in 2007. He was hit by a jet ski on Lake Lanier and rushed immediately to the hospital in a critical condition. He was declared brain dead on July 8 and eventually died of heart failure two weeks after the sad incident occurred. Simon Hubbard was later found guilty of homicide by vessel and was sentenced to four years imprisonment and 15 years of probation.
Both the African-American songwriter and his ex-wife were in the middle of their custody battle when it happened and his death shook them beyond words that Usher had to plead that they put the court case on hold.
Usher Raymond V (son with Tameka Foster)
Date of Birth: November 26, 2007
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
The Confessions singer decided to continue the tradition of naming the first son his great-grandfather’s name so Cinco (his nickname) became the fifth son to be called Usher Raymond. The younger Usher is proud of his father’s accomplishments but is rather more interested in sports than the music industry.
Naviyd Ely Raymond (son with Tameka Foster)
Date of Birth: December 10, 2008
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
According to Usher, his youngest son Naviyd is the one most likely to take after him in the entertainment industry but maybe as an actor.