R&B superstar, Usher. Getty images
R&B superstar, Usher has finally opened up about his failed marriage to Tameka Foster, the custody battle and his relationship with his mother.
The OMG singer spoke to talk show host, Oprah Winfrey during an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter, Atlanta access reported.
He told Winfrey that this would be the only ‘tell all’ interview he would do, adding that he considered himself a ‘man of integrity’ throughout the divorce and custody battle which was highly publicised.
Responding to his Foster’s accusation that he was an absent father, the singer said: "I was 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.”
The singer who was awarded primary care of his sons, Usher V, four, and Naviyd, three after a three-year-long custody battle added that his children have always been a priority for him.
“I was born to do what I'm doing as a dad. I realised that once I had a child. When I had them, that's when they became a priority... Having not had a father wasn't a reason not to be a good father," he said.
On the subject of his marriage and the allegations of him cheating on his then wife, Usher admitted that he had not been ‘faithful all the way’.
“Towards the end of our marriage I found myself lost, and I just wanted out,” he said.
“I was faithful at heart, but not faithful all the way. Even having a conversation with another woman, period, about matters of your relationship or emotions is, in my opinion, not being faithful,” he added.
The couple’s relationship has soared since their divorce and Usher believes that the damage done to their friendship is irreparable.
"We don't see eye-to-eye. 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 understand. It wasn't until I was on the stand, where I cried, when I realised, 'Oh, this is an attack,” he said.
Meanwhile, TMZ reported that Tameka Foster was on Monday denied a retrial in the custody hearing for her sons after she had filed a motion to retrial, claiming the judge on the case was biased because Usher’s lawyer donated money to her re-election campaign.