Tameka Foster: The Interview

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Tameka Foster is hated on.

We're talking about someone that almost makes Simon Monjack seem appealing to most our readers.

Foster, Tameka

It's hard to pinpoint the exact reason, but fans of Usher believe he's making a grave mistake by marrying this supposed home wrecker. With that in mind, Essence magazine sat down with Tameka recently.

Essence.com: Do you and Usher spend a lot of time together?
Tameka Foster: Usher and I are friends. We are road dogs. We hang out like friends. We shop, laugh, work out, get mad in the middle of the day about what we want to eat, debate about what's fattening in a smoothie and just do regular things.

Essence.com: How does Usher get along with your three sons?
Foster: Usher loves my children. My ex-husband and I have joint custody. It's a wonderful arrangement that allows me time to do things with Usher one-on-one and to spend time with the kids. I'm not looking for a father for my kids because they have one. They just happen to be lucky enough to have two strong men in their lives.

The Hollywood Gossip note: Critics treat Tameka worse than other famous fiancees, such as Alexis Phifer, because they believe she is looking for a new, rich father for her kids.

Essence.com: You've been labeled a "poor mom" because, supposedly, you're never with the kids. Your reaction?
Foster: Do you think Usher would really be engaged to a woman who would leave her kids? My children are with us much more than people think. They've gone to the Bahamas with us and attended play-off games. I purposely keep my children out of view. I don't want them scrutinized and talked about because that would be a problem. Everyone wants to know, "Where are her kids?" Out of these pictures, that's where.

The Hollywood Gossip note: It's a course of action Britney Spears tried to use with Jayden James, too.

Essence.com: Shifting gears a bit, is it true that Usher's mom fired you as his stylist and you in turn convinced Usher to fire her as his manager?
Foster: I never worked for Usher's mom; I worked for Usher. Now, I don't know if she persuaded him to feel certain ways about me, but she never fired me.

Essence.com: So does that mean you and future mother-in-law have beef?
Foster: No, we do not. Any mother with a son as successful as Usher is going to have raised eyebrows about any woman who comes around. I'd be the same way about any one of my sons. His mother and I have a great rapport. There are no hard feelings and I had nothing to do with his decision to no longer have his mother manage him.

So there you have it, people. Are you still against Tameka? Might she get a bad rap? Or, like Blake Fielder-Civil, is it just normal for those marrying celebrities to face a bit of scrutiny?




Congratulations to Ms. Foster. You are a woman of beauty, style, and class. Rather than criticizing you, many of the black women giving opinions here should be clamoring for you to hit the lecture circuit so that they can sit at your feet and learn how a real woman with confidence can get a man (younger yet!) to marry her (and three children). Most of your critics can't even get ONE man to marry them, with no children. Add children, and their chances are marketedly reduced. You could call your lectures "Don't hate me...This is how I do it." I also like that you got married and then had the baby. Young African American women need to (1) stop having babies that they can't afford and (2) stop having babies that the fathers' don't want (3) get an education (4) get married (5) give your children a stable home and role models for success (i.e., espcially a father) (6) stop knocking down people who are happy and successful just because you're not.


I still love you Usher, no matter what!!!


omg, this guy gives you all his talent, his time and his respect as his fans, but is this enough? No, you have to judge who he dates, how he lives, who he loves and marries and the role of his mother in his life! Give him and his wife the space they need. I'm sure he'd have a few opinions on the guys you all must be dating!! I feel sorry for this woman for being hated for who she loves and for having to carry the weight of all your ill-judged opinions. You do not know either of these people enough to pass judgement. You are the cruel, heartless and disrespectful ones. Show some dignity. What, you think the guy should be with you? HA HA.


Reading all those comments were very disturbing
Do you really think that your negative comments matter to anyone on this subject. From a Woman


Ur right natasha, pple need 2 practice wot de preach. They send out advice that they need more than the person they're advicing but they dont even pay attention to it, let alone take it on board. Da 2 faced punk ass b*****s


Boi, to say tameka's a gold digga is not in any of our place to say. If usher wasn't famous, who'd talk bout his life? I mean these days young guys tend 2 go 4 older lady n i dont hear ppl complainin! In fact if d lady has kids, ppl rate da man 4 being supportive n takin on a ready made family. In usher's case, cos he's famous n rich, evry1's on his case. If we had d opps to be around usher like tameka did, there's a possibility it could've been any of us, afta all, we're all humans. Who would complain?!!


THIS Is 4 GENIE, i feel you, wot you say is true and i'd like to hook up so we can talk. I like ur views and bible quotations


Go Tameka, suck his dick!


When I first looked her up I was inclined to not like her as well because of everything everyone was saying, but now that I think about it it's not as if we know anything about her. I don't think people dislike her because she's dark skinned, I think it's because she looks her age and already has kids so everyone is like if a woman like that can get a guy like that why can't I? Tameka doesn't come off well with the stuff she says but you gotta think about what everyone else has been saying about her. I guess my point is we don't know her, and she might be old, but she's still getting hers so don't hate.


Tameka Foster Biography

Divorced Duo
Tameka Foster is the wife of Usher. She's also the mother of two of his children - and the enemy of most Usher fans. They don't think... More »
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