Usher Opens Up About Custody Battle & Stepson's Death
The R&B star has broken his silence in an interview with Oprah...
Speaking of Glover (below centre), who died after a jet-ski accident over the summer, the Climax singer told Winfrey: "I miss Kile. We cooked together, we laughed, we sang. He loved to sing and dance. He loved to tell jokes."He went on to clear up speculation that he wasn't there for the 11-year-old before he passed away; sharing that he did visit him in the hospital and that he did attend the funeral.
Usher stated: "It hurts me to hear people speculating that I wasn't at the funeral. I absolutely was at the funeral. I was at the burial as well."
In August 2012, the three-year custody battle between the R&B superstar and Tameka Foster came to a dramatic a dramatic end and for the first time, Usher has broken his silence about the verdict and accusations of infidelity.
"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," he said. "Which I hope my boys will understand."
He then shut down claims by Foster that he has been an "absentee" father, stating: "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."Usher has since won sole custody of his sons but told Oprah that things will never be the same with his ex.
"We don't see eye-to-eye," he said of his current relationship with Foster. "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 understood. It wasn't until I was on the stand, where I cried, when I realised, 'Oh, this is an attack.'"
But it wasn't all dark. Oprah soon steered the conversation to a more light-hearted topic: Does he get into the mood by playing his own music?
Usher replied: "Some may say this may be rather narcissistic, but, um, yeah. I'm a good motivator for the moment.
"Some guys don't take their time; they don't even put music on. I like to set the mood. A little Luther [Vandross], Marvin Gaye, then you're more modern songs, like Usher."