As his recent TRL appearance would imply, Usher’s had it up to here with people questioning his marriage. He told Vibe that we should be commending him for providing such a sterling example of heterosexual fidelity. “Am I so much of a bad guy because I decided to get married? Am I so much of a bad guy [because once I got in the situation], I decided to stand for something, build a foundation, and think about my future? As a man, you would respect me for not turning my back on it. … It can never be bad to have a foundation as a man — a black man — in a time when women are dying for men. Women have started to become lovers of each other as a result of not having enough men. Are you not studying the stories? Wake up! Black love is a good thing.”
Usher isn’t just looking out for all those women forced into sapphic unions for the want of a man like Usher. (Are you not studying the stories? Wake up!) Despite rumors that he fired his mom after she spoke ill of his wife-to-be, he says he released her of her managerial obligations so she could be a “full-time grandmother” and knit booties and shit.
“I love my mother — she’s the only one I have,” he said, pausing for a moment before continuing. “I decided to not fire, not get rid of, but to give [my mother] the ultimate compliment — to retire her to be a full-time grandmother. My mother and I decided to change her situation, together. There was a conversation. I didn’t write her a letter or pink-slip her.”
Not that she’s actually been parked on a rocking chair, telling Tameka Foster what a colicky baby Usher was.
For her part, Patton noted in the article that she’s still a very active executive. “I’m managing Natasha, an artist on Jive Records, a guy group called Kwiet Storm, and a solo artist, Dante,” she said. “I started my own record label — JPat Records. I also manage [my younger son], producer JLack — he’s signed to Usher’s production company.”
If only every woman could have an Usher in her life.