Oprah Winfrey’s next target in her weekly black celebrity confessional show is Usher, who sat down with her at his home to discuss his bitter custody battle with Tameka Foster, whether he was faithful to her, why he wanted full custody of his children, and a host of other questions.
Oprah doled out snippets from the interview this week for the Sunday interview, building up anticipation just as she did with her sit-downs with Rihanna, Gabby Douglas and Jennifer Hudson in previous weeks.
We see Usher looking pensive when Oprah asks him why he broke down on the stage in Berlin, saying he didn’t think he would ever perform again.
When the queen of talk asked him what made him cry on the stand during his recent nasty custody battle, Usher sadly looks back at her. And then when she throws at him a question she says she has always wanted to ask—Does he make love to his own music?—all he can do is crack up.
This has to have been one of the toughest years of Usher’s life. Not only did he go through a wrenching court battle, but he also had to endure the tragedy of his stepson, Foster’s son Kile, dying after being hit by a jetski on Atlanta’s Lake lanier.
And just after they buried Kile, Foster accused Usher of fabricating his remorse over the death of the child.
Foster said Usher faked his sorrow in a ploy to gain ground in their custody battle. In court documents, Foster claimed that Usher visited Kile just once in the hospital before he was taken off life support. Glover, 11, was admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston on July 6th after being struck by a water craft. He remained there unconscious until he was taken off life support on July 21s
The two were battling over custody of four-year-old Usher Raymond V and three-year-old Naviyd Raymond. The judge granted custody to Usher, but Foster has appealed, claiming that the judge was biased.
Glover was the son of Ryan Glover, an Atlanta-based clothier who was previously involved with Foster. While Usher was not directly related, he claims to have formed a strong bond with his stepson, and was apparently heavily impacted by his death. However, Foster has described Usher’s emotions as “simply a transparent sham” and his feelings for Kile as “bogus,” according to TMZ. She claims that Usher refused to tweet a message asking for his followers to “please pray for Kile,” and instead chose to tweet a photo of his breakfast.
Oprah’s interview—see the trailer below—will be aired on “Oprah’;s Next Chapter” on OWN, Sunday at 9 p.m.