The divorce proceedings between Usher and soon-to-be ex-wife Tameka seemed to be going fairly smoothly – or at least quietly. There was a bit of smack talking when Usher first filed divorce papers back in June, but nothing that bad. There haven’t been leaks about the negotiations or fighting. In fact Usher had been fairly quiet on the situation, apparently preferring to spill the beans in his latest single, “Papers.” It includes the refrain, “I’m ready to sign those papers” – which apparently he isn’t, according to sources in Tameka’s camp.
On Monday, R & B superstar Usher released his new single Papers about his messy divorce from estranged wife Tameka Raymond, but RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal that the singer is the one holding up the process by not signing off on the divorce papers.
A source close to the couple claims the singer has delayed inking the final signatures on papers that he filed at Atlanta’s Superior Court. “Tameka thinks that it’s ironic that Papers is his comeback single when she just wants him to sign the paperwork and finalize the divorce,” the source told RadarOnline.com. “The terms and conditions have been agreed on for around a month but he keeps stalling on them and she’s the one that wants to move on with her life.”
The song – which is from his forthcoming album reportedly now entitled Raymond versus Raymond – was written by Sean Garett and centers on Usher’s split from his estranged wife and former stylist. In Papers Usher talks about giving his all and receiving nothing in return, although he separated himself from the world, especially his mother.
He sings: “I gave my heart and turned my back against the world/ Cuz you were my girl! / I done near lost my mama/ I done been through so much drama / I done turned into the man that I never though I’d be / I’m ready to sign those papers! I done took all I can take, but you leave me no options girl … I can’t deny how much I loved you / I done gave up everything I had too / As hard as it is I’m afraid I’ve gotta say, I’m ready to sign them papers.”
I wonder what the holdup is? I mean according to Usher, he gave up everything for Tameka, and it still wasn’t enough. I’m can’t explain why, but this makes me feel a little empathy for Tameka for the first time. It sounds like Usher’s not giving her credit for anything. She gave him two beautiful sons, Naviyd, 10 months, and Usher Raymond V, 1. I’m sure she contributed in some way, and it’s unattractive that he’s throwing a pity party and trying to martyr himself. But the rumors have always been that Tameka’s a complete user and was obviously the reason for the rift between Usher and his mom. But still, Usher chose to do what she wanted, and instead of taking responsibility for making bad choices (probably due to her), he’s just blaming her entirely. I don’t like her at all so it feels strange to defend her, but I just find the lyrics to be unbecoming at best.
Here’s Usher visiting La Voile Rouge beach in St Tropez on August 22. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .