Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tameka Was 'Surprised' When Usher Filed For Divorce, She Still Loves Him

A close friend of Tameka Foster Raymond is setting the record straight. Nyeisha DeWitt, who has been friends with Tameka for more than 20 years, wants everyone to know that everything being reported is not true. She tells Essence magazine that Tameka and Usher have not been separated for more than a year and, although she's in pain, Tameka still loves him. Furthermore, she claims Tameka wasn't after Usher's money. She defends Tameka by saying the soon-to-be-former-Mrs-Raymond built a successful styling business billing clients like Lauryn Hill and Usher (amongst others) roughly $500,000 annually.

Here are some jewels from that interview.

Essence:Is it true she first learned that Usher filed for divorce after reading about it?
She didn't know that he was going to file. Of course, she knew that there were challenges in their relationship and had been some discord since March and was aware there were some things that needed to be worked through. But did she know that divorce was imminent? No. It was a total surprise.

Is it true she flew to Brazil to have liposuction and subsequently went into cardiac arrest during surgery?
Yes, she went to Brazil with friends but decided to have the surgery on a whim. And yes, she did go into cardiac arrest but she never had the surgery. What she had was an allergic reaction to the anesthesia which prevented her from going through with the surgery.

Do you think she still loves him?
You're married until the divorce is official. Just because she's going through this process doesn't mean that the loyalty and love she has for him is gone. It would be dishonest to say that she doesn't still love him and isn't hurting. Again, the idea that people are excited to see her in pain and going through this with her children is so beyond my comprehension. These bloggers talk about her as if she has personally harmed them. They don't know the woman I know, and to discredit her as a mom or wife is insane. My hope is that people will not rejoice in anyone's failed marriage and allow Usher and Tameka to go through their process privately.


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