Usher, 29, and wife Tameka Foster, 37, gave their first interview to U.S. magazine Essence about their emotional year – and how it has brought them closer. They insist they are amazed at the public interest in their wedding, surrounded by rumors of feuds with the star’s mother and with the wedding initially mysteriously scrapped with just hours to go. But they insist they are closer than ever – especially now Tameka is expecting their first child together.
“Tameka’s given me one of the greatest gifts I’ll ever have,” Usher says. “With a child, now I have purpose. I understand love. “I’ve grown in every aspect of my life. And Tameka is the woman who helped get me to that place.”
He added: “I was determined to find the right woman… I just didn’t know she was standing in front of me the whole time.” He adds: “God says the role of the husband is to protect his wife,” he said. “I hope people realize that my son is my son, and my wife is my wife. “And when someone has an issue with them, they have an issue with me.” He admits that their relationship has run a strange course. “Ours is not a typical love story,” Usher conceded. “But it is a true one.”
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