Usher and Lee Daniels are both featured in W Magazine’s latest issue, which is a celebration of the many meaning of “family” in the modern world. And they both made single Black fathers look and sound fantastic.
Usher on his boys:
“When you put the passion between a man and a woman up against having children, it doesn’t hold a candle. I’ve never known passion like what my children have helped me feel,” says divorced dad Usher Raymond IV, who shares custody of sons Usher V and Naviyd with ex-wife Tameka Foster. Of course, there are more practical considerations. “Mine was a little more of a rock star’s world before. When you have to childproof your house, everything changes—your furniture selection, your car selection,” he explains. “You become a lot more conscious, or at least I did.”
We’re not even gonna talk about how he’s trying to make folks believe that the other “Raymond” in the title of his last album “Raymond v. Raymond” is himself and not Crazy Tameka.
Lee Daniels, who’s had his 14-year-old twins Clara and Liam since they were three-days-old, says after helping raise his siblings – including the twins’ biological dad, Lee’s brother – from the age of 13, he had not planned on having kids.
“I was just beginning to make money and have fun with my life, and I didn’t want to grow up, but then the universe said ‘Time!’ I was forced to get my sh*t together because I wanted them to look up to me.”
“For the most part, it’s great having my kids view the world so differently than I did,” says Precious director Lee Daniels of his twins, Clara and Liam, 14, who were born to his brother and his girlfriend and adopted by Daniels and his then partner, casting director Billy Hopkins, when they were three days old. “I tell them, ‘I know it’s all “Kumbaya” with your friends, but when you get in that workforce, you’re going to see what it’s like as a black person.’”
Like Usher, Lee shares custody of his kids with his ex man. (We couldn’t help it, lol.)