Usher says he won’t “pimp” photos of his new son to magazines

Unlike a lot of celebrities of late, R&B singer Usher actually has some integrity – at least when it comes to selling his kid. Usher says he won’t be “pimping” out his son to magazines for some quick cash. Lately seeing how much you can get for your baby has become quite the high priced, obsessive competition amongst celebrities. Diva Christina Aguilera was said to be pissed that her kid didn’t fetch as much as Nicole Richie’s.

Usher says that he doesn’t view his son that way, and won’t be selling him to the tabloids.

Finally, there’s one celebrity who refuses to cash in on parenthood by selling baby pictures to a magazine. “In no way would I ever pimp out my child for money,” Usher told Page Six. The pop singer – upset by rumors he was trying to sell photos of his infant son, Usher Raymond V, and eager to defend his wife, Tameka, and his upcoming album, “Here I Stand” – wants to set the record straight.

“I am livid that people talk about my child,” Usher told us. In fact, he has posed – for free – with his son for an “incredible” Father’s Day cover for Essence magazine.

“What makes you a man more than being a father to your child? I recognize I gave anonymity away when I became an artist, but to have people try to paint a horrible picture of what’s so beautiful – it’s obvious someone is trying to stop something so beautiful.”

[From Page Six]

Good for him. Last week Diane Clehane, a writer for the Huffington Post, wrote a very persuasive article blasting celebrities for looking at their new babies as paydays. She criticized J-Lo, Aguilera, and Richie for making exorbitant demands for the exclusive rights to photographs their infant.

Clehane noted that some couples conducted themselves with a great deal of dignity. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder, and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes all either offered photo ops for free, or donated the entire proceeds to charities. Hopefully Usher’s comments might sway other celebs to behave in a more dignified manner.

Here’s Usher and Tameka Foster leaving a party thrown by the Beckhams at Via Veneto restaurant in Santa Monica on April 20th. Images thanks to WENN.

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  1. neelyo says:

    It’s easy to say you won’t do it when no one’s asked.

  2. candykay says:

    Usher’s (older) wife has been given a very hard time by the press, so I’m not surprised he went to a sympathetic magazine like Essence when it came time to give an interview about his new family.

    And I agree with the criticism of J-Lo, whose ‘baby’ photos were all about her and her gowns.

  3. headache says:

    Usher keeps the baby on the low low to keep people from speculating about little Usher IV’s parentage. There is a long standing rumor that the baby isn’t his.

    Don’t know if it’s true or not but I do think the wife is likely a conniving shrew. I hope he signed a pre-nup.

  4. Really tho says:

    Didn’t skankalina the homewrecker and Pittshit-stain start this pimp party anyways??????