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Usher is a busy man these days. Not only does he have his highly successful career to attend to but, more importantly, he has a family. Unfortunately, his family situation is not as smooth sailing as his music career at the moment.
The 33-year-old entertainer’s newest album, Looking For Myself, just became available last week, and has already hit number one on the Billboard music charts. It’s a career high any musician would happily celebrate, yet Usher’s celebration is marred by a nasty custody battle that is still in process.
Usher is locked in a public custody battle with his ex-wife Tameka Foster for full custody of their four-year-old son Usher Jr. and three-year-old son Naviyd Ely.
“A lot of what happens behind the scenes is unfortunately, you know, news-worthy for the world, but these issues are confidential. My steadfast belief [is] that a father is important in a child’s life,” Usher told Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts in a recent interview.
Usher claims he motivated to be the best father he can be, as he didn’t have that growing up.
“I want to raise [my kids] to be responsible future adults. No one knows your child like you do and it is taking the time to actively be there. It’s a day in, day out process. I’m actively doing it ever day that I possibly can and being the father to them that my father was unable to be to me.”
Usher became quite emotional in court when his ex-wife’s lawyer stated he cared more about partying and his reputation than he did about spending time with his children.
While fighting for his kids, Usher is setting a good example the only way he knows how – by being extremely successful in the music industry. He shared that he finds inspiration for his songs from her personal life.
“Every album that I make is about a process, is about a journey, is about a place that I have been, something that I’ve experienced, something that I’ve heard,” Usher said.
Usher also explained his believe that he needs to continually grow, change, and adapt with the industry in order to continuing succeeding professionally. That can certainly also be applied to fatherhood.
Usher’s custody battle is sure to continue making headlines until it is resolved. We wish his family the best in finding a solution that is healthy for all involved.