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Usher had divorce song before split

Published 30/04/2010 | 14:22

Usher chose to sing about divorce before his marriage broke down
Usher chose to sing about divorce before his marriage broke down

Usher has revealed he chose to sing about divorce before he filed for a split himself.

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The RnB star filed for divorce from wife of two years Tameka Foster in June 2009, but he told The Guardian he recorded the song Papers, about a marriage breaking-up, before that.

Usher revealed: "I was still married when the record was written - when it was brought to me, I said, 'Well, this isn't really my story.' And Sean [Garrett, the song's writer] said, 'Yes it is: don't you feel that you wanna walk away from the whole thing at times?'"

He went on: "The last thing you want to do in a marriage is give up, but when you've tried everything you can, then the best thing to do is realistically have a conversation about letting go. I have to balance two worlds: the world of the artist that I am, and the world of the person that I wanted to be - the man, the husband who is home on time. And that's what the song's about."

Usher - father to two-year-old Usher Raymond V and 16-month-old Naviyd - added: "And unfortunately my marriage did come to its demise. But I wasn't the first and most certainly won't be the last to have a divorce. I still collect the beauty of what that is, sometimes, in my mind: I just think back to how I felt when I found my wife. It was one of the most sincere moments in my life, and I'll never diminish that. I was very happy to have had that experience with her, and to have had two beautiful boys, who we raise together. But it just didn't work out for us."

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