"So I just hope that when I do, it'll be a departure."Usher and Raymond married in 2007.
Their 2009 divorce sparked a bitter custody battle for their sons Usher Raymond V, aged six, and Naviyd, five, that lasted three years.
I apologize that our community finds humor in disease and in stories that hurt others.
I believe it gives those telling someone else’s news, a moment where they don’t have to think about their own misery, ugliness, vulnerability or pain. You have this difficult moment to reflect and teach. All involved will find a way to keep going forward. The victims in your case will be a little more financially secure at your expense and though that doesn’t fix the life long condition, it certainly makes life a little easier for them.
Confessing an incurable disease is risky for anyone, but exposing it as a celebrity has to be the scariest thing ever. People pay money for that kind of news story, whether you’ve infected someone or not in today’s “sell a celebrity story to TMZ for a check” climate. We have to talk about it openly and do forums that help ease the stigma and that provide a way to share the news safely. You, Usher, have an opportunity, like Magic Johnson did back in the day with his HIV diagnosis, to make people aware of the disease and impact lives. Use it to be brave, to stand up and to create something meaningful. You and all involved will bounce back and keep living. Again, millions upon millions of people have it, who never were given money to ease the pain or shame or give them the means to buy medications, pay bills or take a vacation to clear their head.
The past two weeks have had to be hell for you and your family. I am sorry you couldn’t find the courage to tell them.
To have a deeply personal incident with your medical privacy violated and a previously settled lawsuit plastered all over the news, on social media, blog posts and gossip outlets, is unfathomable. I read one of the first stories to get the gist of it and then I saw the memes that were meant to be jokes, pour in on my social media feed. I am sorry that now they want your money and that you will likely pay the hefty price for that secret.