Who Is Grace Miguel? 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Usher’s New Fiancée
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Who is Grace Miguel, really? No one knows the answer to that except for those close to her. But there’s obviously something amazing about her that makes Usher want to make things official between them. Now that everyone knows that they are planning to get married, I thought I’d share with you a few interesting things about Grace Miguel since she will be the new Mrs.
She’s From Brooklyn
Is Brooklyn in the house?! Yep, Grace was born and raised in the borough by her mother. According to Grace, her mother always encouraged her to give back, and that’s why she is so involved in philanthropy, and encourages Usher to give back as much as he can. As she told Ushersnewlook.org:
“My mother taught me, by example, very early in my life the importance of giving back. I’ve always wanted to do something that impacts lives.”
She Used To Be A Chef
And not just any ‘ol chef, but the executive chef on the set of “The Cosby Show.” When the show came to an end, she decided to try working in publicity.
“When the show ended in 1992, I knew it was time for a complete change. I had a passion for bringing people together and was socially immersed in the creative scene. I knew a lot of great photographers, musicians and artists so it only made sense for me to transition to music.”
Grace And Usher Started Dating In 2009
Now, it’s not 100% clear when they specifically started mixing and mingling, because Usher didn’t file for divorce from Tameka Raymond (née Foster) until June of that year, and the divorce wasn’t finalized until November, but she has been down for him (and even went to the Dominican Republic with him during that year) since ’09.
Her Son Is Dating Lauryn Hill’s Daughter
As pointed out by theYBF, Lauryn Hill’s daughter, Selah Marley, and Grace’s son, Raiden, are in puppy love. On Selah’s Instagram page there are quite a few pictures of the pair together, and on his birthday last year, Selah let him know that he is very loved: “happy birthday to the best person ive ever met! i love you and im so happy about all the times we’ve shared together!
When Usher And Grace Got Together, They Were Working For Competing Record Labels:
Romeo and Juliet anyone? According to the New York Daily News, when they fell for one another, and also when she started helping him with his career (this after his mother stopped being his manager), she was a marketing executive at Island Def Jam Records. He was at Jive at the time (before it shut down). Back in 2009, a source said that it wasn’t a really good look :
“Some people see it as a conflict of interest.”
“She’s still under contract with Def Jam, but Grace seems to be calling the shots behind the scenes on Usher’s album. It has complicated things tremendously. Usher has her calling the shots now. Grace has been taking calls with the big bosses at Jive regarding Usher’s CD, and the label doesn’t like it.”
Usher would eventually end up under RCA and Grace would part from Island Def Jam. It has been nothing but love since…
Grace Taught Usher How To Enjoy Life
“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.”
Grace And Tameka Had REALLY Bad Blood
Frustrated during her custody battle with Usher, Tameka Raymond lashed out at Grace Miguel more than once via Twitter, not only calling her a “b***h,” but blaming her for Usher’s pursuit of full custody of their sons, Usher Raymond V (“Cinco) and Naviyd. She claimed that Usher and Grace were trying to play house with her children because Grace allegedly couldn’t have anymore kids (she has about three we know of already though…):
Eventually, animosity between the women reached a head and Tameka allegedly got into an altercation with Grace.
According to Usher, who shared this messy episode with everyone during his custody battle with Tameka, his ex-wife attacked Grace when he pulled up to Tameka’s home with his son, Usher, but with Grace in the car (DUMB idea). Tameka reportedly approached the car saying, “I’m gonna kick your a**. B***h, get out of the car.” He also claimed that she yelled at him too, saying “How dare you bring this woman into my subdivision in my house?’” From there, Usher claimed that things got ugly:
“At this point she pulled the door open, and began to pull Ms. Miguel and hit her…tried to swing at her.” Tameka would only admit later that she spit on Grace, but that was about it: “It was not one of my more proud moments…It was a one-time incident. I was angry.”
She Operates As His Manager And Their Relationship Doesn’t Complicate Their Business
Grace is the co-founder of Coup D’Etat, which manages Usher:
“Usher is one of the most successful artists in the world and I can proudly say he understands the importance of using his influence to inspire and mentor young people. At Coup D’Etat my focus is on tying Usher’s philanthropic and creative energies together with his entertainment career, and making the connection between art and education. It’s a role I feel very fortunate to play.”
Miguel had the chance to speak about mixing business and pleasure briefly when they both chatted with Billboard last year. Not only is she his lady, but a lot of Usher’s staff has been with him for a very long time and consider each other something like family:
“Usher’s core team is run like a family who inspire each other to reach our full potential and have each other’s backs, while we create the foundation for his monumental success. That personal connection allows us all to really go the extra mile to help him achieve his goals.”
The Couple Is Already Part Of One Big Happy Family
Usher has spent a lot of time with Grace’s kids over the years, just as Miguel has grown close to his two sons. Did I mention that they already seem to love him? As for Usher, he seems happier than ever.