Usher Raymond wants to be the father that he never had. He recently told Robin Roberts of ABC News that “a father is important in a child’s life. No one knows your child like you do. And it is taking the time to actively be there. It’s a day in, day out process. I’m actively doing it every day that I possibly can, and being the father to them that my father was unable to be to me,” said the singer.


Although he is currently in a custody battle with ex-wife Tameka Raymond, Usher believes that having full guardianship over his children will allow him to mold them into positive society contributors. “To have the time that I’ve had with them has made them the young men that they are,” says Raymond. “I want to raise them to be responsible future adults.”

When not singing or spending time with his kids, the R&B crooner mentors troubled teens through his New Look Foundation.

“Why it’s so important for me to serve and why I have so much fun,” Harris said, “is because I know what service did for me. And I know and recognize that I would not be where I am today without someone reaching back their hand to me.”

Usher and Tameka are parents to Naviyd,3, and Usher V,4. The couple divorced in 2009 after two years of marriage.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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