American singer, songwriter, producer, and actor whose full name is Usher Raymond IV is a popular figure in American entertainment and undoubtedly known globally. The eight-time Grammy Award-winner is mostly known for his amazing hip-hop songs immersed in many multi-platinum albums, stabilizing his prominence as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade.
However, beyond his impressive musical career, the star has quite a lot that has happened in his personal life especially as it pertains to his relationship with women over the years. Definitely, being a celebrity, this is expected as it is not hard to find other celebs who have relationship stories similar to his. Be that as it may, Usher has got quite a long list of women who have been with him at one point or the other.
Usher Has Been Married Twice And Divorced (With Kids)
Usher has had a rough patch regarding his marital life as he is a divorcee with two children, but a happy father with primary custody of both his children.
The first time he got married was in 2007 when he married fashion stylist, Tameka Foster. Although Foster was almost 10 years older than Usher, that did not stop them from falling in love or even getting married. While it was the first marriage of the singer, Tameka had just divorced her ex-husband. Two years and three months before their union, unfortunately, came to an end.
Shortly after the marriage ended, Usher started dating his then manager, Grace Miguel. They would keep dating for a number of years before they decided to get married in 2015.
At first, the marriage seemed smooth but before long, the cracks appeared. According to sources, Miguel wanted to have kids while Usher was not open to the idea. This put a strain on the union and in the end, the marriage became the ultimate sacrifice as the two divorced in 2018 after they were separated for 9 months.
Beyond the issue of having kids, there was also the herpes scandal of the famous singer in which he was accused of spreading the STD to various women. That also contributed to the end of his marriage.
From both his marriages, Usher Raymond has two kids; Usher Raymond V who was born on 26th November 2007 and then Naviyd Ely who was born on 10th December 2008. Both kids were birthed to him by Tameka Foster.
Who Are The Other Women He Has Dated?
Although he has only been married twice, Usher has had many girlfriends in the past. He has been linked to more than 15 women, although these are his main relationships:
Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas
Usher also dated multitalented actress and singer, Rozonda. The two started dating in 2001 but by 2003, they decided to go their separate ways.
His next serious relationship after this was with the woman he would later come to marry, Tameka Foster.
From 1999 to 2004, he was in an on-off relationship with Karrine Steffans who incidentally has been linked to many celebrities in the past including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Jay Z, and the list goes on.
No one will forget Brandy’s song with Usher, Who is she to you, even though not many would remember there was a time when the two were an item. They dated in the late 1990s briefly.
She is one of the first women linked to Usher. They dated as far back as 1993 when they were both pretty young. Two years after this relationship, he briefly dated fellow musician, Monica in 1995.
Other Women He Was Rumored To Have Dated
There are also a number of other women on the dating list of the famous singer such as Jessica White who was linked to him in 2013, Jade Evans (2009), and Pamela Anderson in 2006.
Synopsis Of Usher’s Background And Career
Born on October 14, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, Usher Terry Raymond IV showed signs of becoming a singer at an early age of 11. He formed a band and sang as its lead artist. Usher’s musical journey officially began with the release of his first debut album, “Sean P Diddy Combs” which paved a golden way towards an awesome music career.
His success was not without the help of his family members who did everything in their power to help him build on his gifts. Usher spent most of his life living in Chattanooga with his mom, stepfather, and half-brother. He started singing at the age of 9 when he joined his church youth choir and to help get his talent across to good music producers, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Giving Billboard hit songs like Can You Get With It, The Many Ways, and Thinking Of You, Usher gained fame and money in a short duration of time. Being an effortlessly talented singer, he has found many ways to impress his many audience and fans, through chart-topping albums.
Five of his albums have been certified platinum, and the album “Confessions” has achieved a diamond certification in the USA, selling over 20 million copies worldwide. It also became the best performing single of 2004 in the USA. This stunning artist has released several chart-topping singles including, “Yeah!”, “Remind Me”, “OMG” among others. He has also contributed to the songs and albums of many top artists having been featured in songs such as “How Much” (Mariah Carey, Rainbow), “Same Girl” (R. Kelly, Double Up), “First Dance” (Justin Bieber, My World).
This artist has been earning millions of dollars for his widely appreciated work in the music industry. Other than the sale of his albums, Usher’s established record company, US records, and his co-owned basketball team Cleveland Cavaliers have been helping him to pile up his wealth.
What Are The Sources Of Usher’s Income?
Usher has managed to make millions of his audiences groove to his music. His OMG tour and performance at the Super Bowl XLV were two great hits worldwide. So far, Usher has sold 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States. His worldwide sales stand at 43 million albums and 75 million records overall, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Besides singing, Usher is known for his great performing skills. One of his earliest roles was in the teen horror film The Faculty (1998). He also made guest appearances on several television shows, including a role as Marvin Gaye on the program American Dreams (2002). In 2005, Usher played a disc jockey in the film In the Mix, and a year later, he took the lead role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway play Chicago (2006).
Usher is also involved in other chains of businesses including owning several restaurants. In 2015, Usher was announced a co-owner, with various other music artists, in the music streaming service Tidal. By June 28, 2015, he became partners with Yoobi the fast-growing school supplies company based out of Los Angeles. The company donates a portion of its products to schools and has brought in over $20 million in revenue between June 2014 and June 2015.
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Usher partly owns the Cleveland Cavaliers professional basketball team which was bought at the price of $375 million in 2005. He became the third pop artist to own a large stake in an NBA team and by March 6, 2017, it was announced that he alongside Universal Music Group, Steve Stoute, Evolution Media, Jon Jashni, Charles King, and others invested $6 million in Mass Appeal Magazine. All these raised his net worth of $180 million.
Above all, Usher is a philanthropist. He founded ‘New Look’, a non-profit charity organization that aims to provide young people with a new look at life through education and real-world experience. He was honored with the Freedom Award by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis in 2011.