Watch: Usher Gives His First And Last Interview About His Custody Battle On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’


We’ve been covering stories about Usher’s relationship with his ex-wife Tameka Foster over the course of the summer and there’s been plenty to cover. In the midst of a vicious custody battle, Usher’s stepson Kile Glover passed away after a horrific jet-ski accident. We heard reports that Usher was being supportive, but later– as the custody battle waged on– heard a completely different story from Tameka herself. Recently, Usher was granted full custody of the ex-couple’s two children (which Tameka is now appealing), leaving many of us with a lot of questions. I, for one am very curious about how this relationship played out over the years, which is why I was surprised and excited to see that Usher would be talking with Oprah on her series Oprah’s Next Chapter. We watched Rihanna speak quite candidly during her interview and I’m expecting Usher to do the same, especially since he’s come out and said he’ll do this one interview about his family and then never speak publicly on these things again. And judging by the handful of questions we hear in this clip, it looks like Oprah’s goin’ for the goods. Peep the video for more! Do you guys think Usher will be honest about his marriage and divorce, and his consistency (or inconsistency) as a father?

The complete interview airs on Sunday, September 16, at 9 p.m. EST on OWN.




  • Serenity

    He actually got full custody? I’m always curious about the circumstances when that happens. From what I’ve heard from other parents, it’s a really big deal. It’s not just that the kids live full time with one parent: that parent also has the legal right to make all decisions for that child without consulting the other parent. Since the courts tend to be really big on both parents being involved, I can’t help but wonder what happened when one parent gets more power like this.

    • Shannon

      Serenity, it’s very interesting indeed. Rarely does a father get full custody, from what I understand, so I hope we get to find out what went down. Tameka has accused the judge of being (in a way) improperly influenced by Usher’s lawyers, but we’ll have to wait and see.

    • Krissy

      “Rarely does a father get full custody, from what I understand”
      I think it is such a shame that men are discriminated against in the custody situations. I know a man who has to live with his children being endangered by their mother who has substance abuse problems. He has tried all sorts of legal options, but since she wasn’t sexually or physically abusing the kids, the court said they couldn’t do anything. I guess driving them around while drunk isn’t enough of a danger in the court’s eyes. Very tragic, justice should be blind and gender neutral.

    • Shannon

      Krissy, I agree. This is all related to the idea that women are born mothers, are naturally maternal and therefore automatically good mothers. I’m glad you’re bringing this up because, sadly, the court systems work to perpetuate the idea that a child needs his/her mother ‘more than’ his/her father. This is problematic on a lot of levels.