They read the celebrity gossip reports. They're aware of the negative press.
But Usher and Tameka Foster don't seem to care about what others think; they're just focused on how they feel about one another.
"Ours is not a typical love story, but it is a true one," Usher tells Essence magazine for its November issue. "Tameka and I have been fortunate enough to go through the thick of it in the beginning. We've had that opportunity to huddle up as a team, to make sure that we're clear and speak as one voice."
Usher and Foster were married August 4 in a ceremony in Atlanta, following the cancellation of a more lavish event in the Hamptons... and enduring speculation about their commitment to each other and the support they were getting from their families.
As People reports, the expecting couple were stunned by these reactions.
"It was like, wow," says Usher, who turned 29 on Sunday. "[Getting married] and having a child is something that everyone should celebrate. What's happened to us as a culture and a people?"
We don't know, Usher Raymond. We don't know.
But does appear as though society is more interested in Lindsay Lohan nude pictures or Lauren Conrad dating partners than true love. It's sad.