Usher says his son is ‘doing well’ after accident, will his ex regain custody?


Yesterday we heard about a scary accident that Usher’s five year-old son, Usher V, suffered while under the care of his great aunt. Little Usher was in the pool, supervised, when his hand got stuck in the drain. His great aunt jumped in but couldn’t free him, and called for help. Two contractors at the home responded quickly to get Usher V out of the pool and administer CPR until paramedics could arrive to take him to hospital.

The good news is that Usher V has recovered and that he’s doing well. Usher issued a statement on his son’s condition and thanked the men who were instrumental in saving his life:

Usher says his son, Usher Raymond V, who was admitted to the ICU at an Atlanta hospital following a pool incident, is doing well.

“I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering,” Usher said in a statement released by his spokesperson on Wednesday evening.

The singer went on to thank fans for their support in the last two days.

“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family’s well-being. I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock,” his statement continued. “I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son’s life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews. They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them.”

As previously reported by the Associated Press, Usher Raymond V, just 5-years-old, became stuck in the drain of a pool at a home in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday.

A contractor working at the home, gave the boy CPR and he was later taken by paramedics to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite.

[From Access Hollywood]

Usher V’s mom Tameka Foster has also tweeted that he’s doing better:

That’s good news. There’s of course a pending custody case now that Tameka has used this accident to request an emergency custody hearing. The hearing was granted and is scheduled for this Friday at 2:00 pm in Georgia. Tameka lost primary custody of her two boys with Usher last year. During the hearing he alleged that Tameka attacked and spit on his girlfriend during a custody handoff. Some people sided with Usher, although others thought that he was using high-powered lawyers with a close connection to the judge in the case to wrestle custody away from the boys’ mother.

Tameka’s son, Kile Glover, died at the age of 11 just one year ago in a jet ski accident. Given TMZ’s reports at the time, I gather that both Tameka and Usher were away during Kile’s accident. (I don’t know whether Kile was in the care of Usher’s family. If you have a source for that please link it.) So Tameka must feel so much guilt over Kile’s death and that must have all come rushing back after this latest scare. I can’t blame Tameka for requesting an emergency custody hearing. I do believe the reports that she’s combative, but Usher worked to gain full custody at a time when she was still grieving her son’s death. I seemed a little vindictive of him. Still, I don’t know how she is as a mother and she does seem to go on the attack. Whatever happens, the important thing is that the boys are well looked after.

Usher and Tameka in 2007

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  1. Janet says:

    It’s good to hear that he’s going to be okay. However that custody hearing is wrong. It was an accident, it could have happened under Usher or Tameka’s supervision. I think Tameka just went into full protection mode because the anniversary of her other son’s death was last month. My problem with her is that she’s always bad mouthing him on Twitter like if she were a teenager. Tameka supporters act like Usher is the vindictive one, (he isn’t a saint), but she isn’t innocent either.

    I think these two need to start getting along and stop fighting so much.

    • isabelsinn says:

      Here is my two cents:

      As a mother who lived through a child drowning(thank God he was revived quickly by my brother and there was no damage to him, or even trauma), but I can’t sugar-coat it, he drowned. My husband and I were picking up the invitations to his birthday and he had ample supervision while we were gone. He was in the hospital for two days and we were interviewed by police, psychologists, and CPS. The absolute last thing on my mind was placing the blame on someone. My first concern was my son and his well-being.

      Accidents happen and there is no way anyone can predict to who and when. It seems shady to me to file something so quickly. This woman seems consumed with being vindictive to Usher. And while I agree that he may be no saint (I really don’t know), it does speak volumes to me that it was that quick. I could not be pulled away from my son for anything or be bothered with speaking to anyone aside from a quick text to let everyone know progress.

      It’s a trauma that everyone involved will feel an incredible amount of guilt for a long time and My heart goes out to them and hope that the baby has a full recovery.

  2. blue marie says:

    umm, didn’t Usher grieve for Kile as well? And the fight for the kids was an ongoing thing, he didn’t use that time to take away the kids, it’s just how it happened right? (I may be remembering wrong) but I don’t think it was as vindictive as you make sound. they both have been jerks to each other. But this was an accident, and it can happen to anyone unfortunately.

    Regardless of what happens with the custody fight, I’m glad the little boy is doing better.

    • Naye in VA says:

      Yea, her losing her son was a horrific accident, but an accident nonetheless, and you can’t plan for those. They were waist-deep in a nasty custody battle, and you can’t exactly pump the brakes. I think the most that could have happened was the judge giving some sort of extended recess, but it would have made no sense for Usher to stop the entire proceedings just to start them over again at a later date, when they had already been in court for months. That’s more arguing, and less stabilization for the kids.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      He tried to postpone the custody hearings after Kile’s death because they were both grieving but she wanted to go ahead with them. That doesn’t sound vindictive to me. It sounds like he was trying to be sensitive to her feelings.
      http://m.tmz.com/#Article/2012/08/03/usher-tameka-foster-divorce-child-custody

      • Kcaia says:

        Yes, he tried to postpone them, but SHE refused. I believe she had even filed the case, bc he cancelled her Nordstroms (I think)credit card, as one of the top reasons listed in the filing documents.

    • Relli says:

      yes to this whole thread.

      Look I am no Usher fan but every once in awhile a celeb story will pique my interest and I start cyber sleuthing reading any story I can get my hands on and this custody battle was one of those stories.

      Tameka has always come across to me as someone who is seeking her own fame. Some women marry athletes, stars or artists and are content to be nothing more than support for their famed significant other. And then there are those who aim to be on the same level despite their shortcomings of talent.

      While its definitely not novel for a spurned Hollywood spouse to run to the press to get “their side of the story” out there the malicious nature of her comments and actions is what has always bothered me about her. There was no need to publicly question Usher’s intentions about his grief for the death of her son, and certainly no way to show gratitude for the help he did give or tired to give in that situation. Again I don’t think the man is a saint but to publicly look a gift horse in the mouth says a lot about her character when the whole world is feeling for you.

      As far as the close connection to the judge… that is grasping at straws. Judges are former attorneys who like in another campaigning politician solicit campaign funds from people they know. If a judge is willing to throw their entire career over $1,278, the equivalent of 2.5 hours worth of work for most experienced attorneys, then they have no business practicing law.

  3. Mia 4S says:

    I can’t stand either of them (of course I’m glad the boy is OK) but I see the point of the custody hearing because she’s alleging he has primary custody and then is gone for work all the time. Unless she’s unfit, why shouldn’t the boys be cared for by a parent, rather than relatives? We will see I guess.

    • Tammy says:

      She admitted during the custody trial that she made stuff about Usher so she could get custody. Not a good sign she is stable enough to parent two young boys. Usher alleged during the trial and the judge agreed that Tameka had difficulty bonding with the boys & that she had very erratic behavior. She attacked Usher’s girlfriend, in front of the boys, during a visitation. The fact that she is using an unfortunate accident to try to wrestle custody away from Usher just doesn’t sit well with me. These two need to work together, not fight each other.

    • Tasha says:

      Tameka has 5 kids and has/had custody of non of them which says a lot that each time she split a judge gave the father custody.

  4. Maddie says:

    She doesn’t even have custody of her other son from her former marriage from what I’ve read.

    This is just a money grab for her, she can’t used he’s on the road touring when she knew what he did for a living and had someone else watching them when this went down.

    It was a accident, one that happens unfortunately every year. Couple of years ago a teenage girl drowned in a hottub at her prom by getting caught in the suction part.

    Wasn’t she married at the time she met Usher and cheated and left her husband & kids to be with him?

    Not an Usher fan at all (cheats on all of girlfriends & wife) and sells songs of love, but he shouldn’t lose the kids to his ex.

  5. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    They need to put coverings over those things so that people can’t get trapped – we have smart phones, smart bread, smart toilets etc so why not a coverings so people can’t get trapped. It’s a good thing those tradesmen were there to free the child.

  6. annabelle says:

    This story scared me. My son (7) is an excellent swimmer. He too dives to the bottom of pools to pick up toys. How easily could a small hand get caught in those deep water drains? That’s what happened here. It wasn’t negligence, he wasn’t unattended. Thankfully there was someone there strong enough to pry his arm free and who knew CPR.

  7. mslewis says:

    Tameka has anger issues and she not only lost custody of Usher’s two boys but custody of at least one of her other children (I think she has five or six altogether). At any rate, her filing this motion so soon after an accident shows what type of person she is. She is not stable.

    I’m so happy to hear the boy is doing well. If he’s talking that means there is no brain damage, hopefully. They need to fix that pool ASAP. There are covers to go over the drains and I don’t understand why there wasn’t one on this one.

  8. erika says:

    I hateeverything aboutthis arrogant douce aqua.. he could care less about his kids like he cares less about bieber he made money off biebs so…….thats whats imporant

  9. Audrey says:

    I feel bad for usher. His son nearly dies and now he has custody drama again.

    My mom met him years ago. She won a meet and greet with Janet Jackson and he was her opening act. Everyone was told to not talk to Janet. She came in, shook hands, took 2 group photos, signed one autograph per person and left again without talking to anyone.

    Usher wasn’t even included in the meet and greet. But he still came in. Talked to everyone and was so grateful and nice. Took group and individual pictures. Signed as many pics as people wanted. Stayed to chat for about an hour. Then hugged everyone good bye.

    My mom said she’s never met a nicer guy. I bet he’s a great dad

    • Janet says:

      He seems like a nice guy, I don’t understand why people think he’s a douche, sure he has his douchy moments but from what I have heard, he has always been gracious towards his fans.

  10. UsedToBeLulu says:

    I’m so glad to hear that little Usher will be OK. whew

  11. JFerber says:

    Tameka claims in her lawsuit that the boy was not being supervised during his accident. Was he alone in the pool and the aunt was merely nearby? Maybe Tameka got evidence from the workmen? Or maybe Usher is lying or the aunt is lying because of the custody issue. Anything is possible. The pool was obviously unsafe and never retro-fitted with a device that would have prevented this near-tragedy.

  12. Shannon says:

    His kids are so cute!!! I love me some Usher 💕