Usher had divorce song before split
Published 30/04/2010 | 14:22
Usher has revealed he chose to sing about divorce before he filed for a split himself.
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."