In the latest custody battle between Usher and Tameka, the singer was named as the continued primary custodian over sons Usher Raymond V and Naviyd, by a judge. Earlier this week, 5-year-old Usher Raymond V fell into the family pool and had to be rescued by contractors when Usher’s aunt Rena could not release his arm from the pool drain. Reportedly, the tot saw a favorite toy of his in the pool and went to retrieve it. This incident led to Tameka Raymond hitting the courts for an emergency custody hearing. Once she lost in awkward silence, it was Usher who went to break the cold tension with a hug to his saddened ex-wife. The move displayed classiness by the famed R&B sensation.
Usher and Tameka’s son faced a nightmare when his arm was stuck in the underwater pool drain. His aunt and even the housekeeper jumped in to try to save the drowning little boy. Contractors were working inside the house and heard the cries for help. They leapt to the rescue and successfully extracted the little boy’s arm from the pipe, bringing him to surface. The contractors performed CPR, heroically reviving the son of the embittered couple before paramedics arrived on the scene. Usher Raymond V remains hospitalized for monitoring after it was reported he had a low heart rate, reported TMZ.
The couple were married in the summer of 2007 but problems were reported from friends and family previous to that time. The couple lived separately, arguing constantly, friends stated. They stopped communicating and only discussed matters for their children. It was Usher who initiated divorce proceedings in 2009. Tameka accused her baby daddy of cheating on her, a claim Usher waved off. Friends sided with the singer, stating Usher was not the one to cheat. Ever classy, Usher tried side-stepping the court room battles to remain open and honest about the claims from his ex, which stated he was an absentee father. A claim that hurt the singer who shared on an Oprah Winfrey show last year, “Absentee from the aspect of having to go and work, that probably would be her version or idea what absentee would be,” he explained. “But no, I’m not an absentee father at all.”
During her emergency notice, Tameka portrayed a picture of her children as unsupervised, one denied by witnesses and family members, advising the children were accompanied by family members and a nanny. Mothers everywhere can feel Tameka’s pain, she lost her oldest 11-year-old son to a jet ski incident and the wound is very fresh with the incident her younger son faced this week. Her emotion pushed her to the extremes of hitting the courtroom.
It’s unfair for any parent to demand another parent be there day and night, without the thought of working to support their child, a claim, the judge also denied the grieving mother. Unintentional drownings are a real and scary fact for parents of small children and pools. At the time Usher’s aunt was watching his son, but as with any incident, it can happen in a blink of an eye, creating the fear embedded within Usher and Tameka’s hearts.
This wasn’t a case of bad parenting, but a case of a curious child and a pool, an incident that happens to thousands of families across the country. Tameka’s broken heart is understood, as is Usher’s. He did the right thing by reaching across the aisle to embrace his son’s mother. It is reported he even whispered, “I’m sorry.” It showed a classy move of solidarity to stop the damaging rift over the past few years. Sadly, Essence reports that Tameka plans on widening the rift by returning to the courtroom on the 27 of August to kick-start the custody battle once more.