Pop icon Usher has recently made headlines with candid revelations about his past relationships, shedding light on heartbreak and public scrutiny in a revealing interview. Now he’s talking about his marriage to Tameka Foster and how people may not preferred her dark-skin color.

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In the interview with People Magazine, Usher opened up about his emotional journey, admitting that TLC rapper Chili, also known as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, broke his heart when she turned down his marriage proposal. Reflecting on their fan-beloved relationship that ended in the late ’00s, Usher expressed the pain he felt after Chili declined his proposal, highlighting the impact it had on him personally.

But Usher’s romantic woes didn’t end there. The Grammy-winning artist delved into his marriage to stylist Tameka Foster, which faced intense scrutiny from fans and the public. Usher acknowledged the strain that outside pressure put on their relationship, particularly due to disapproval from his female fans.


Facing backlash for his relationship with Foster, Usher felt isolated and attacked, leading to a period of emotional closure. He expressed his frustration with the judgmental attitudes of some fans towards Foster, speculating that her dark skin may have played a role in the negative reception. However, he emphasized that such speculations were not his concern, focusing instead on doing what he felt was right for him.

“She was a dark-skinned woman, and maybe they didn’t want to love her in a way because of maybe some reason that had to do with themselves,” he hypothesizes, “I don’t know. Or maybe she was not the best reference because of how she handled herself. That’s not for me to be concerned about. I did my part and what I thought was right.”

In a past interview with Essence, Usher and Foster opened up about the challenges they faced as a couple in the public eye. Despite the adversity, Usher described their bond as a “true love story,” highlighting their ability to navigate obstacles together and speak as one voice.

Ultimately, Usher followed his heart, but his marriage to Foster did not stand the test of time, leading to their divorce in 2009. Reflecting on his past relationships, Usher’s candid revelations offer a glimpse into the complexities of love, heartbreak, and navigating public scrutiny as a celebrity.