It’s been a dark and gloomy ride for the “Lemme See” singer lately.
Usher has been going back and forth with his ex-wife Tameka Raymond in a custody battle for months and it appears to have taken a toll. The R&B artist is opening up publicly for the first time following a court order granting him primary custody of his sons Usher Raymond V and Naviyd.
Following suit with other damaged celebs wanting to tell their side of the story, the interview took place “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”
"I really felt like we were friends. She made us enemies in a way that I could never understand,” he told host Oprah Winfrey over cocktails.
He continued, "Of course it hurt me. … This is supposed to be the person that I feel I'm going to share the rest of my life with and nobody is responding the way that I'd like them to respond.”
In the custody battle, Tameka lashed out against Usher, accusing him of using drugs in front of the children and faking sympathy for their son, Kile Glover, who died earlier this summer as the result of injuries sustained in a jet ski accident.
In the interview, Usher revealed that the marriage was doomed from the beginning. He remained faithful to Tameka at heart, but admitted to having an affair while they were still married.
“I was faithful at heart, but not faithful all the way,” he said. “Even having a conversation with another woman, period, about matters of your relationship or emotions is, in my opinion, not being faithful."
He also insisted that he “absolutely was at the funeral” when Kile died, despite what reports said.
Since Usher was granted primary custody of the kids, Tameka has appealed the court’s decision in an effort to win custody back.
Unlike his ex-wife, the singer plans to keep things civil on his end, promising that this interview will be the last time he talks about Tameka.
“This will be the only time that I've ever chosen to speak about it," he said. "I've been a man of integrity throughout the entire process, which I hope my boys will understand. That's the way to go. That's the way to be."