Singer Usher's estranged wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, said in court documents that she was surprised when her husband filed for divorce last month, and even more surprised when he said they'd been separated since summer 2008, since they'd had marital relations less than a week previous to the divorce filing.
Tameka Raymond "had every reason to believe her marriage was intact," she says, contradicting Usher's filing from June 12, which says there is "no reasonable hope of reconciliation" for the couple. Usher's court papers say the couple had been living separately since July 2008, less than a year after they exchanged vows in August 2007, but Tameka says they last had sex June 6, proving the marriage was not over. Usher has requested joint custody of their two sons, 18-month-old Usher Raymond V and six-month-old Naviyd. Divorce and Children
Tameka's court papers, which she filed Monday in Fulton County, Georgia, also request that Usher continue to support her and their children financially and that he pay her legal fees. The marriage has been troubled by rumors that Tameka and Usher's mother, Jonnetta Patton (who's also his manager), didn't get along, and that they canceled their lavish July '07 wedding in favor of a civil ceremony a week later because of his mother's disapproval. Discuss: Mother-in-Law issues
And just days ago, Usher said he wanted a paternity test to prove that Naviyd is his son, since he and Tameka were having problems in their marriage around the time the baby was conceived. However this divorce proceeds, judging from the past three weeks, it's probably going to get uglier, with people coming out of the woodwork claiming to have slept with both parties, more shouting, etc. We feel sorry for those two little boys.
Via the Associated Press. Photo courtesy of Bauer-Griffin.