Fatherly Advice

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Usher and son Usher the Fifth are the headliners in the newest issue of Essence. He opens up about why it’s extra important for him to be a good father:

HARPER: Your father wasn’t around to raise you. How do you plan to be different for your son than your father was for you?

USHER: Just simply being there. I don’t judge my father because I forgave him for anything he’d ever done to hurt me unintentionally. My father and I had a very short amount of time together throughout my entire life, but the most valuable time was during his final days. He asked me to forgive him for not being there. He asked me to give him a chance, give him a shot because he loved me, and he had always loved me. But it was very difficult for him to be in the situation he was in and be the example he wanted me to follow. So he intentionally stayed away. And he was kept away from me too. He didn’t like it, but he didn’t fight it because he knew he wasn’t living right.

HARPER: What would you say to young men and women about what they should expect from a man who’s a father? What is living right as a father? How do you define that? How would that man look?

USHER: That man would accept his responsibilities as a father, regardless of whether he was with the mother of the child. Men will leave a situation for several reasons. One, it’s not comfortable. It may be violent. The two of you may grow apart. But you should never abandon that responsibility, which is to be there, reading with your child, being supportive of your child’s growth. That is communicating. That is making the choice to put your child before your own vanity.

HARPER: If you could take your finger and touch your 9-month-old son, Usher V, on the head and impart some certain knowledge, what would you want him to know?

USHER: First of all, I’d actually look inside myself and evaluate what I felt like I missed from my own father.

HARPER: What did you miss?

USHER: Knowing that I was accepted. That I mattered. And hearing that he cared enough to put me before himself.

Kudos to Usher. We gotta respect the guy for his approach towards fatherhood. Tameka hit the triple jack pot with this one.


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  • versace

    The baby looks adorable

  • He's Presidential

    Next I dont like usher


    AWWWWWWWW, that is sooooo cute!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/pure_comedy Chitown Sista

    That baby is too adorable. is that a real Essence photo or did someone photoshop tha word Essence on it? hmm

  • luckie

    okay that kid is too cute!! they should have him on the cover of every other major magazine too.

  • lala

    baby is a doll! i can relate to usher’s relationship with his dad so its nice he’s trying to be different…

  • guilty pleasure

    That baby is soooo cute! He makes me want one……..

    * Oh hell naw, what am I thinking? *

  • Doagae

    I could just kiss that baby!!!!

  • realwoman

    What an absolutely gorgeous little man!!!!! I can’t believe how many people were ready to throw this cute little baby to the lions all because his mama doesn’t fit their standard of beauty…he is absolutely adorable and looks like both mom and dad.

  • http://myspace.com/afiya00 Afiya

    Cute baby!

  • divinelymade

    ohhhhhh!!! what a cutie pie!!!

  • realwoman

    Changing the game…you think you are soooo slick. lmao

    Almost forgot to comment his relationship with dad. This is why Usher is doing well and will continue to do well. Letting go the anger and hurt brought on by his father was probably one of the best things he could do to help himself. Say what you want but at least he isn’t going down the drug addicted, promiscuous, deadbeat baby daddy route. How could you not like this cat?

  • Fellow Houstonian

    He really is adorable, I could just kiss those cheeks! I love the pic of him playing with is feet on Ushers chest so cute!!!

  • Kompton's Kutie

    Kutie Pie!

  • abc

    Make an Extra $600-$800 Online


    Make sure to put correct address cause checks go out every month.


  • bree

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww the baby is soooo cute..Usher doesnt come off arrogant in this snippet of an interview, i’m impressed!

    Good Morning!

  • missdee

    Awwwwe, those pictuers and Lil Ursh are absolutely adorable!!! ALMOST makes me want to have another baby!

  • vachick

    ugh that baby is sooo cute its sickening….dang usher good job

  • Kesha

    He is such a cutie!! I love the way Usher has been protecting him from the media and all that ugly baby momma/wife controversy. Its hard enough to have to hear that the world thinks your wife is unattractive, especially if you love her, which he obviously does. But as a parent, i know that if hurts even deeper if people make negative comments about your child and i think he was just trying to be that protective daddy. Which he has nothing to worry about because anybody that says this baby ain’t cute is obviously blind or just plain hatin!

  • Envy Me (That MCM Bag in Bloomingdales is calling my name)

    the cutest pic of the baby i seen so far AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!


  • N3w0rl3@ns

    ok, i admit it…the kid is cute…but why usher got that lil smirk on his face in the last pic? he looks just like a punk ready to snap his fingers lol

  • You Kidding?

    What do black fathers know about parenting? They abandon kids in droves! Give me a break!


    Usher’s baby is soooo cute.

  • Aunt Viv

    Good morning everyone!


    @You KIdding? lol.ain’t it pathetic? But Usher is not one of those BM………

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