Usher wins primary custody of sons after long battle with ex-wife

Usher has been awarded primary custody and joint legal custody of his two sons with Tameka Foster Raymond, bringing to an end a bitter custody battle that has raged since the couple separated in 2008.

The new custody arrangement for Usher Raymond V, 4, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 3, will begin Sept. 1, a court clerk said Friday in Atlanta.

It’s another blow for Tameka, whose 11-year-old son Kile Glover died July 27 after a boating accident left him brain-dead July 6. Though not the boy’s father, the singer — real name Usher Raymond IV — was reportedly distraught over Kile’s death, though in court documents filed early this month Tameka disputed the authenticity of her ex’s grief.

Usher had petitioned to have an Aug. 13 hearing delayed on the basis that it would be too stressful for all involved so close to Kile’s passing, according to TMZ. He also said Tameka might get an unfair advantage because of sympathy for a mourning mother.


Tameka called foul on that, saying in those court docs that Usher was, in her opinion, faking it — that he’d visited the hospital only once while Kile was on life support and didn’t attend the boy’s July 27 funeral.

Usher didn’t get the delay he’d sought, but Friday he got the results he’d been after.

The couple’s divorce was finalized in 2009.

The Associated Press was used in compiling this report.


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