Usher: ‘If I could turn being this good-looking down, I don’t know that I would’

You know how Justin Bieber thinks he’s the next Michael Jackson and how he wants to “become the greatest” superstar? He really said this earlier this year. Well now I know exactly where he got it from, his mentor and benefactor, Usher. I don’t pay much attention to Usher, but from his what I’ve heard about him, I’ve gotten the impression that he’s a jerk. (Although I’ve softened toward him lately, but that’s dissipating.) He sounds really full of himself in these quotes, but I might just give him a pass for them if he was just talking about his confidence in his professional abilities. You have to have a good dose of self esteem to perform in front of tens of thousands of people, surely. But then he talks about how he’s really good looking and wouldn’t turn it down if he had a chance to forsake his looks or something. As our friends at Evil Beet point out, the dude is in Megan Fox territory here.

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Usher thinks everything he does is ”genius”.

The ‘OMG’ hitmaker considers it important to live his life to the full and always believe in everything he tries his hand to.

He said: ”I live every day like it’s my last. I approach everything I ever do as though it’s the most genius thing ever, regardless of whether it is or not.

”I really do believe something incredible is happening every moment I’m able to continue to do this. So I wanna live in it. Enjoy every waking moment. And I really do.”

Usher is happy to be good looking and enjoys the fact he is attractive to women.

He added: ”If I could turn [being] this good-looking down, I mean, I don’t know that I would. I was fortunately blessed with these good looks, I may as well do something with them, you know what I mean? I think we’re all just trying to live up to Sean Connery, the epitome of cool.”

The singer admits he has always had a strong sense of self belief.

He added to Q magazine: ”As a kid my mother would say, ‘You should stop running around telling people you’re gonna be a superstar!’ It was too much for people but I needed something to believe in.”

[From Contact Music via Evil Beet]

I think there’s a real difference between believing in yourself and having the ability to achieve great things, and believing your own hype and never questioning your decisions. It’s a thin line, but it’s there. Someone like Will Smith has a very strong sense of self worth but manages to be gracious to fans and seemingly grateful for his success. That’s genuine. I’ll give Usher credit, he’s been incredibly successful in his career. (He’s still just 33 despite the age of the women he dates.) Usher thinks he’s all that and that he’s been amazing since he was a child. I try to teach my son that he’s no better than anyone else. Did Usher’s mom tell him that, or did she just tell him to keep quiet about his inherent greatness?

Also, he’s a decent looking guy but he’s not amazingly good looking or anything. It really depends on his hair, I think. He’s not as attractive when his hair is all grown out and fluffy. I really hope someone specifically asked him these questions and he didn’t just pontificate about how amazing and gorgeous he is.




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  1. Eve says:

    ‘If I could turn being this good-looking down, I don’t know that I would’

    *blank stare*

  2. Jenna says:

    Bitch, please. He’s not all that and a bag of chips. -_-

  3. someone says:

    i’m sorry i do NOT find him attractive in the slightest….idk i find him meh as a performer as well. plus he’s a douche

  4. Ainsley says:

    The only thing young people in music today are good at is hyping themselves. Singing-no. Dancing-no. Songwriting-no. Yet somehow they’re still the greatest ever! None of them will be great because they don’t want to work and earn it.

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    • cmc says:

      Actually, Usher had a really great singing voice and is a fantastic dancer. Anyone remember his You Make Me Wanna video? Maybe I’m dating myself with the 90’s reference but he kicked ass back then.

      Still a douche, but a talented one.

      • Minky says:

        That song is one of the only reasons I have any kind of affection towards him. Soundtrack to my entire high school experience. 😉 But otherwise, I haven’t found much else about which to get excited when it comes to him. He puts out club bangers and can dance, but so do the rest of the pop stars out there… as far as what counts as music or dancing these days.

      • Happy21 says:

        He had a fabulous voice and could dance! I never found him overly good looking but his dancing almost made him seem superhot.

        He is now though a total douche who uses autotune which has made his voice not so good anymore.

      • Ainsley says:

        I agree with you that Usher has talent, but I guess I don’t like what he’s doing with it now. R&B was better for him than this euro dance pop he’s doing. The one I was really referring to about hype is Bieber, and Usher is pushing him hard. Meh.

  5. Minty says:

    Usher please. Step down. Tyson Beckford is good-looking. Boris Kodjoe is good-looking. Shemar Moore is good-looking. Denzel Washington in his 30s & 40s was good-looking.

    You, however, look like a turtle.

    • Dorothy#1 says:

      Don’t forget LL Cool J, now he is one hot man!!

    • Eve says:

      You forgot Blair Underwood, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor and (rapper) Common.

      • Minty says:

        Lol, I forgot a lot of guys. It would be an extensive list, but Usher does not belong on it.

      • rlh says:

        Gurl, thank you! Blair & Idris…Amen! And of course King Denzel. This guy…meh. Why don’t these young performers have any humility? A little humility can make a mediocre looking person so much more attractive.

      • Sisi says:

        You have excellent taste 😀

      • I Choose Me says:

        You have terrific taste Eve. Mmm. Chiwetel Ejiofor. Between him and Idrissa, I can’t decide who’s got the sexiest name.

    • Jill says:

      Ha, Ha!

      I’ve always thought he lookled like a frog, literally. His forehead is way too short and he looks perpetually 10 years old.

      Great dancer, good voice. But the looks? Um…no. He does not have the looks to justify his ego.

    • kate says:

      What? Denzel is STILL good looking.

      • Minty says:

        Well, he’s certainly attractive. I meant that he was at the height of his looks back then.

    • QQ says:

      Bwwwahahahah I’ve always called Him a Monchichi

      • Happy21 says:

        OMG you are so right!!!! He just needs to sick his thumb in his mouth and we’d be complete!

    • Hautie says:

      “You, however, look like a turtle…”


      That sums it up very nicely. He does look like a turtle.

      Now I have to agree that Blair Underwood and Idris Elba… are on the top of “make me drop my panties list”.

      But I also love Henry Simmons. He was a cop on NYPD Blues.

      He is fine with an incredible voice. Gawd, I love a pretty man with a deep smooth voice…

      And he looks nothing like ole’ Turtle Head Usher!

    • Phat girl says:

      You had me at Shemar “Moore Please”.

    • Onyx XV says:

      LOL – yes he does! And yeah, the list of good looking black singers/entertainers is long, and no – Usher is not on it. That is all. 🙂

    • Ailine says:

      Lol I needed that laugh.

  6. Dorothy#1 says:

    He is not hot at all!!!

  7. HappyJoyJoy says:

    You’re not cute if I can see your brain through your nostrils. Sorry, Usher; but you’re just not handsome.

  8. alyssa says:

    He looks like Wanda Sykes.

  9. Kim says:

    Good looking? What distorted mirror is he looking in? Not 1 woman I know finds him even remotely attractive.

    He looks like a life size cabbage path doll and his music sucks.

  10. ZZZ says:

    ICK. Count me in as one who never thought he was remotely good looking.
    Oh and ARROGANT = UGLY.

  11. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    “If I could turn being this good-looking down, I don’t know that I would” Eh?? Say what? @_@

  12. DeltaJuliet says:

    Add me to the list of never-found-him-attractive……..

  13. Stephanie says:

    He used to be cute when he was a teenager but he really isn’t hittable, for me anyway. I think Drake is way cuter.

  14. kate says:

    Just because you have a lot of female fans, doesn’t mean you’re good-looking. Look at Billy Joel.

    I don’t even think Kanye has said something like this. lol

  15. Bob says:

    What a douchebag.

  16. JoeBanana says:

    It just kills me that we have so many people walking around thinking they are the sh!t.

  17. boo says:

    Saw Usher once at a Barney’s of NY in Beverly Hills, he was with a bodyguard! He was looking at fragrances and looking around, like don’t you know who I am? What was cute is that this little girl with Down Syndrome came over and asked him for his autograph and he was very kind and accommodating, so that was a awww moment for him, of course, the whole store was watching him at that moment, so I’m sure he was aware of that. And in real life he is good looking, tall and well built, but he was in a track suit which I despise. My daughter who was 10 or 12 at the time was not impressed.

  18. Kkkaren says:

    He’s been going through tough times recently, courtesy of his ex. His ego probably needs the strokes.

  19. WTF says:

    Dang! Can he joke around? I’ve seen him in many interviews, and he has always seemed very laid back and not taking himself too seriously. He jokes about being a ‘sex symbol’ and says that he knows that he looks like a mon chi chi (I know I spelled that wrong) but if girls are going to say that he’s sexy he won’t argue.
    I think he was making a joke here about his looks.

  20. Amanda G says:

    I’m shocked at the reaction. He is HOT! It’s the eyes! You have to give him credit for still being around. He could have easily been a one hit wonder! Confessions was a great album!

  21. Katyusha says:

    Uh, Usher?

  22. Jordan says:

    The interviewer/writer of the article is really bad, so I’ll give Usher the benefit of the doubt here. Plus, he is a good looking guy and if he wasn’t, he probably wouldn’t be as popular in his line of business, and he probably knows this. In the past he has said some cocky things, but I think that is the nature of being a pop star.

  23. DreamyK says:

    Nope. Nothing hot about a guy that screws his wife’s bridesmaid and his kids nanny. That sh*t is ugly and so is he. Lovely voice though.

  24. lucy2 says:

    I’m far more impressed by talented people who don’t need to run around screaming how beautiful and genius they are. An overblown ego is never attractive.

  25. Naye in VA says:

    I cant beleive anybody took him seriously. Like how can anyone read that quote with any intonation and come out thinking that he would speak of himself like that. He answered the way I would answer if someone asked me about my looks. You can either play self-deprecating or you can be over the top. If he had said “i think i look alright” it would have been a boring answer

  26. skuddles says:

    Scusie? This good looking??? Replace “good” with “so so” and you got it right.

  27. cupidtyrox says:

    You go Ursher.
    Samantha Brick would be proud of ya!

  28. ol cranky says:

    I had no idea he was good looking. Having seen his pictures, I’m not really sure how he came to that conclusion and, looking at the comments of others, it seems as though they have no idea why he thinks he’s good looking either

  29. Roma says:

    I’m sure I’ve said this before but I’ve been on CB for what seems like forever and often repeat…

    But we had Usher as a VIP in our bar and while surrounded by sooo many beautiful women, the only person he paid attention to was our barback, James

    I truly believe Usher is gay or bi but keeps it on the DL. I think he works hard to project an image.

  30. hatsumomo says:

    ”If I could turn [being] this good-looking down, I mean, I don’t know that I would. I was fortunately blessed with these good looks, I may as well do something with them, you know what I mean?” Word. If I had the opportunity to be superficially pretty I’d jump a mile high for the chance! I know beauty is skin deep and its what on the inside that counts and blah blah blah and all that rubbish…but what-fucking-ever. I can still be myself but just a bit…improved, on the outside!

  31. Bee says:

    I’ve always thought if Usher as one of those guys whose confidence and good taste in fashion make up for his lack of facial appeal (to put it kindly).

  32. Gina1 says:

    I always thought he was unattractive, to put it kindly. Women (his former teen girl fans) reacted to his sexed up image and “love songs” (really they are just sexual how to songs, as I call them).

    He was just and is…gross looking. However, he has had his ego stroked by the music industry, legions of fans, his mother and the women he beds so reality never had a chance to set in and humility is foreign to him.

  33. Str8Shooter says:

    Keep dreaming, douchebag. You’re MARGINAL at best. And your ‘singing’ blows.

  34. jaye says:

    LOL! Oh Ursher…

  35. Trish says:

    ugh… all i see is his nose…..talented though…but not handsome…funny how beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

  36. anonymoose says:

    He’s good looking?

  37. Lsi says:

    Keep clinging to 2001, Ush.

  38. Lithe says:

    Please. Money looks good on him but he is not good looking.

  39. sup says:

    sometimes i envy such delusional people.

  40. Meadowlark says:

    “Have you ever wondered if there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking?”

  41. the original bellaluna says:

    There is not a “He’s SUCH A DICK” big enough to encompass his ego. And I don’t mean that in a flattering way.

  42. Aubra says:

    I never found Usher attractive. His body is nice, but he has a face like a treasure troll.

  43. Holden says:

    Careful Usher, your narcissism is showing.

  44. annie_grey says:

    Usher, is an egomaniac with bad music in last two decades. (Except in the nineties)
    I don’t think the man would be anywhere if it weren’t for Ben Vereens connections.