For the first time since her son’s traumatic drowning accident,which occurred last week, Tameka Raymond is opening up about her ongoing child custody battle involving her famous ex-husband, Usher Raymond. During a recent interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Tameka shared why she filed for emergency custody following the incident, why she doesn’t blame Usher for the accident and how it forced to relive her late son Kile’s death. Check out her interview highlights below.
On being angered by the incident:
“I was mad because I was like ‘How did this even happen? Who was watching him? Why was my son under water for nearly 3 minutes?’”
On being forced to relive her late son Kile’s death:
“I was at a dental appointment. He doesn’t call me regularly, so when I saw his number come up. I immediately jumped up because I figured he has the boys. I need to get this.”
“It was like I relived it [Kile's death]. My brain just went into all of those modes. I even said on the phone ‘I’ve had this call before.’”
On if she blames Usher:
“I didn’t blame Usher for it. I was just angry that it happened on his watch, because while accidents happen, never have my children been injured on my watch.”
On filing for emergency custody:
“When the incident happened, my attorney filed a emergency motion, so that when my son was released from the hospital, he wasn’t going to have to go back to the house where the incident happened. Because based on our custody schedule, just like now my son was released into his fathers care again, I deemed that an emergency.”
“I would like to have my first right of refusal, which means that when he is not present , the kids come home to their mom, they don’t stay home with the nanny and watch whatever show he is on. They come home to their mom. I had to see on Instagram that my 4-year-old lost his first tooth, that’s my baby. Things that are precious moments and milestones, I’m just missing them.”
On testing positively for a ‘moderately severe mental disorder:’
“Yes. I’m going to be retested. You would think that from hearing that, it sounds like ‘Wow, she must be cutting the kids or beating them excessively.”
On being negatively portrayed in the media:
“I’m just bad, hell on wheels. One thing I will say is, I’m an individual. I don’t have a publicist, I don’t have a manager. I don’t have an agent. I just have regular, working-class friends and family. We don’t know how to fight the machine. […] It’s hurtful sometimes because it’s so far from the truth. You’re talking about a woman that has her own career and to be reduced to some babymama, that’s bitter and that’s a gold digger, its hurtful.”
Turn the page to watch Tameka’s interview. Thoughts?