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After years of denying and calling her his manager, Usher is finally opening up about his girlfriend Grace Miguel. In a new exclusive interview with Billboard Magazine, the singer talks about his love for her and how he has changed as a man.
Usher told Billboard,
“I have an incredible partner and manager. She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career.
She’s someone who has been able to support and understand all of who I am. Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person. One thing that has come from having a great partner like Grace is being able to cherish the places that I’ve gone,” he says. “We see the monumental sites, go to the museums, eat in the best restaurants. I’m that guy now! In the past I’d do what I have to do and get on the bus to the next city. Life has become a vacation.”
In addition to Grace, Usher opened up about his friendship with Diddy, his relationship with Justin Bieber and the status of his album.
On His Album being pushed back —
I just ain’t ready,” he explains. “Meaning I have more that I want to say and more that I want to do. My process is pretty different. L.A. Reid will tell you, it takes two albums to make one with Usher. Marketing is more important than it has ever been, But I’m trying to tear the layers back and make it not so contrived. I think people just want entertainment. For certain artists it might be hard, but they don’t have the show.”
“Every album I’ve made represented a specific thing that was happening in my life,” he says. “And not until now did I think to look back at my life and take inspiration from my own music.”
On his friendship with Diddy & why he sees him as a mentor —
“My time with Puff, it gave me chutzpah. I got to see performers like Tupac Shakur,” he says. “Redman, Method Man, Ice Cube. I got to perform onstage with The Notorious B.I.G., be in sessions with him and Craig Mack. I got to be part of the driving force that was Bad Boy, that was Puff.”
His Tour —
“Most tours cater to the specific launch of a project — not this time,” he says emphatically. “The focus this time is the music. Going all the way back to the beginning. This will be one of my freest tours,” he says. “Shit, I’m singing love songs that went on to be baby-makers — and now the damn babies are in the audience. Talk about a family reunion.”
On Justin Bieber —
“Our relationship is more man-to-man now,” he says. “He’s making his own decisions and it’s important to show support. I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I’m supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I’ll punch him in the f—ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to. It’s more than just mentoring. I love the kid.”
On spending time with his children —
“I’m not a morning person, but I’ve become one as the result of having kids,” he says, settling down at a large round table in the crew catering room. “The morning is my private time to spend with my boys. The music industry doesn’t allow you to go to bed until five in the morning anyway. You have to just keep rolling.”
The UR tour will kick off November 1st in Montreal.
This weekend’s IHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas brought together two talented R&B Crooners, Chris Brown & Usher. The 2-day festival featured performances by Usher, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Jason Derulo and Ariana Grande. However the performance between Chris and Usher was a fan favorite.
After performing a few of his hits, Usher announced to the audience that he would be bringing Chris Brown on stage to perform their latest hit, New Flame. However no one was prepared for the epic mini dance-off the two had after. Fans have waited for years to see the two dance against each other. The dance off ended with Usher lighting his sneakers on fire. Yeah we know…just watch the video.
In addition to Usher and Chris Brown, check out Nicki Minaj performing her latest hits.
You can’t keep a good woman down.
Earlier this evening, we told you that Nicki Minaj suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during one of the opening performances at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. But as the saying goes, the show must go on. Several performances later, Nicki popped back up on stage with Usher in a new outfit (thank God) and together the duo rocked out to his new single, “She Came To Give It To You.”
Miss thang is definitely in demand this evening. What did you all think of their performance?
Nicki Minaj Opens VMAs With Booty-Poppin’ “Anaconda” Performance, But Has An Awkward Wardrobe Malfunction…
As the VMAs began, Ariana Grande opened the show with her new song “Break Free,” and at one point, Minaj was able to take over the main stage to perform “Anaconda” for the first time. In a sequin green two-piece, Minaj showcased her curves (“he can tell I ain’t missin’ no meals”) and did a whole lot of popping that famous backside for the audience (including a very bewildered Rita Ora).
Eventually, Jessie J hopped on stage to start “Bang Bang,” and in a new revealing outfit, Grande joined her. Only person left to join in on the fun was Nicki Minaj. But when the MC did finally hit the stage, things went a tad bit left. It seems that Minaj was pushed out on stage before she had the chance to zip up her skin-tight black gown, and eventually we all realized that something went horribly wrong with the zipper and she actually couldn’t zip it up at all. So for another minute or so, Minaj walked around the stage uncomfortably trying to keep her lower regions covered and holding the dress on with her other hand plastered on her chest. Meanwhile, Jessie J and Grande walked around her singing their little hearts out. I know Minaj was too happy when that whole thing was over with…But no worries, because she’ll have a chance to make up for all that. She’s reportedly set to take the stage with Usher and might even pop up with Beyoncé later in the show. We shall see!
But you check out the malfunction and her performance of “Anaconda” below.
(Note: You can increase the quality to HD in the upper right corner)
“We Didn’t Stand A Chance In Hell”: Tameka Raymond Says Disapproval From Usher’s Fans Hurt Their Marriage
After the success of Confessions, you couldn’t tell me about 10 years ago that Usher wasn’t my husband. So when word got out that he married Tameka Raymond, a stylist I had never heard of at the time, I was super salty. It looks like quite a few Usher fans were feeling the same way, but decided to make their discontent public, criticizing Tameka for being older, having children from a previous relationship and for putting a wedge between the singer and his mother Jonetta Patton–who was his manager until he got with Tameka (Patton didn’t even show up to their wedding). It got so bad that Usher went on MTV’s “TRL” and basically scolded those who criticized his wife, and that didn’t sit well with fans.
“My wife is not 40 years old. I love her to death and I’m a black, strong man in America standing up for my people — as a man to my wife, to my son, to my family. I’m making a stand that a lot of us should make. I coulda been like any other man who has a child and live with that woman and continue to just play the game. I’m trying to do it the right way. This is the way your supposed to do it! Pay attention, fellas. And my wife had nothing to do with me firing my mother — nothing like that, that’s trash. I hear y’all talking crazy out there, she’s a beautiful black woman. Stop. Stop talking. And I love her. Stop it.”
When you have to do all that, it seems like you’re only trying to convince yourself of something…
Anywho, we know all these years later that things didn’t work out, and in fact, things between the former couple got ugly during their custody battle. But now that that’s all over and Usher has moved on and has primary custody of their sons while Tameka heals after the loss of her son Kile and is the star of “Atlanta Exes,” she spoke openly to the Rickey Smiley Morning Show about the shade she received from Usher’s stans. In the chat, Raymond said that fan disapproval of the couple’s relationship put doubt in Usher’s mind and became a problem in their marriage.
“They were never supportive to begin with. We didn’t have the love and the embrace. And I think because he was so defensive and he was trying to defend his relationship with me, it made them more mad at me. I was like, ‘Shut up already!’ I don’t know, people went really, really hard on me. And I don’t care. It’s fine.”
When asked if she thought some of the animosity towards her from fans had to do with the fact that she was older than him (he is 35 now, she is 43), she called BS.
“He always dates older. The famous girlfriends he’s had have been the same amount older. The girlfriend he has now is…yeah, older. You gotta realize, all you have to do is know publicists and you can let erroneous stories get leaked. You can drop things in the media if you want to…I’m not saying he did that, but people around and fans. A lot of erroneous stories got passed around. We didn’t stand a chance in hell.”
What did you think of their relationship back in the day? Do you think fans were too hard on them?
Chris Brown may very well be the most talked about talent in hip-hop and R&B right now. He’ s passing drug tests, partying with the Kardashians and just dropped a hot video for the single “Flame” featuring Usher and Rick Ross.
Among everything he already has to celebrate, he may be soon popping and locking in a town near you as he recently teased a tour with the often baby oiled and always baby faced, Trey Songz.
The two sex symbols allowed their fans to eavesdrop on their Instagram conversation yesterday as they toyed around with the idea of hitting the road together soon.
Taking a creative approach to the announcement, the two Virginia natives shared a chat via Instagram that seem to leak from their inboxes. The two engaged in what appeared to be a private conversation as Trey proposed the idea of a tour and Chris responded that the idea was so crazy, it may just work. Along with a tour, the two apparently are linking up in the studio so they can make music and unite their panty-dropping powers. Later in the day the two confirmed that tour talks are definitely in the works although they have yet to decide on a name. They are inviting fans to help decide.
Oh lawd, I can only imagine: “The Pop Lockin’ and Panty Droppin’ Tour”? “Guns and Graffitti”? These venues are probably going to smell like thigh sweat, Chanel No. 5 and thirst. But I bet it will be one hot tour. Check out Chris’s new vid for Flames below:
Does Chilli want that old thing back? As you Instagram users know, today is Throwback Thursday, TBT, where users post pictures from the past.
Today, Chilli decided to show us a picture of Usher hugging her from behind while she smiles blissfully, in the other direction, eyes closed.
The picture is cute and led many of us to ask two questions.
1.) Was there an ulterior motive in her posting it?
2.) Why did she break up with Usher in the first place?
The world is dying to know.
Initially, we all thought that it was because Usher cheated on her. Because you know, that’s what Chilli wanted us to believe when she called Atlanta’s Q100 in 2004, saying “Usher did the ultimate no-no to me. I will never be with him again, and that is that. He portrayed himself to be this honest and great guy, and he really wasn’t. I will never take him back. It is a done deal.” For years we believed that’s what Confessions was about. But now it seems that it may have been a way for her promote Confessions.
Because last year, Chilli said that Usher never cheated. Instead, she said, “We broke up because I guess it was that time or whatever, he was that real love for me.”
She almost mad it seem like she wanted dude back or something. Which makes this TBT picture all the more interesting.
Usher is very much attached right now. Do you think Chilli’s picture is in bad taste, is she passively trying to reach out? What’s going on?
“There Was Just A Lot Of Pressure”: Tameka Raymond On Her Marriage To Usher And The Struggle To Date Guys After Him
It’s hard for anyone to step back into singlehood and try dating again after coming out of a long relationship, let alone a marriage. Now imagine the struggle for someone who was married to one of the most sought after men in entertainment and one of the biggest stars in the world. For Tameka Raymond, it’s quite tough. In a quick video introducing the stylist and entrepreneur to folks for her new show Atlanta Exes, Raymond talked to VH1 about her time with Usher, how they met, and why it’s so hard to find a good man after being with the superstar.
“I met my ex-husband about 14 years ago when I was working with him as a fashion stylist. Over the time that I worked for him we became very good friends. He was like my best friend. We talked about everything, we had so many interests in common. And over time our relationships dissolved around us and we ended up going on a few dates.
For me, my life changed a lot in being married to him. I had to kind of be a little more conscious and cognizant of things that I did, that I said, that I tweeted, that I ate [ laughs]. There was just a lot of pressure, a lot of image concerns. You set aside a lot of what you want to do personally and put it on the backburner to be there and be the backbone for your mate. Your travel schedule is so inconsistent and you’re kind of all over in this place and that place. Now I’m kind of just able to wake up and say, ‘Wow today is my day, I’m doing what I want to do or what I need to do for me.’ I love being single and I love dating, but the thing I don’t like is that at times you can’t really confide in these people that you date. The first opening line for every man is ‘I don’t know how to dance, but…’ Aw come on! Did I say you had to dance? Men are really always making little small references to my ex-husband. It’s very annoying and sometimes it nixes them out. Ixnay, oolyay, bye!”
That has to get annoying, but I guess it’s what comes with the territory when you were once attached to a famous man.
You can check out her full spiel below. Let us know what you think.
It seems like every celebrity has a product they are trying to sell these days. Buy this fragrance. Purchase my clothes. Guess you wouldn’t be a true businessperson if you didn’t have a hustle — or at the very least work on creating multiple streams of income. Here are some celebrities with collections at HSN. Do you think celebrity endorsements are getting out of hand, or do they make sense given society’s obsession with entertainers?
Usher’s youth empowerment initiative, the New Look Foundation, has turned 15 years old. And the singer held a celebrity packed fundraising luncheon hosted by Ludacris.
Director Kenny Leon, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard; and singers Rico Love, Jermaine Dupri and Blake Shelton were just a few of the famous in attendance at the President’s Circle Awards Luncheon. The event had some political power backing as well–former U.S President Bill Clinton posted video messages congratulating Usher, as did actor Robert De Niro and singer Pharrell Williams.
Not only did about 450 people attend the event, but they opened their pockets and helped the event raised more than $1 million.
There was a live auction during the ceremony that brought in an additional $98,000. Items such as signed Leonard boxing gloves and a boxing lesson at his home were on the bidding block.
Usher set up the foundation at the young age of 20 in 1999 with the help of his mother. To date, the Atlanta-based nonprofit has helped more than 21,000 children and teens globally. It is certified to help disadvantaged youth in talent, education, career and service. The foundation gives youth mentors, internships, career advice, curriculum-based leadership training and travel opportunities. Emory University backed the organization’s certification.
“A lot of kids find their way from high school to disaster,” Usher told The Grio. “If you can meet them there, if you can find a way to talk to them and engage them, in between 7th and 12th grade, you can change their lives.”
During the two-hour event Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was honored with the Service Legacy Award along with other notable honorees such as Jasmine Pollard, a New Look Mogul in Training, who was given the coveted Youth Achievement Award.