Stepson's Accident Drives Usher To Settle Custody Battle With Ex-Wife
Usher has had a change of heart. In the wake of the tragic accident that left his stepson brain dead, the singer wants to settle his ongoing custody battle with ex-wife Tameka Raymond, reports TMZ. Following the incident, Usher (allegedly) placed a call to the mother of his two sons, looking to reach an amicable agreement.
The custody agreement is said to have been adjusted only slightly, with a increase in child support, and custody split between both parents. Tameka— who is probably consumed with the recovery of her injured son—was apparently not receptive to the idea.
After meeting with his lawyers this week, Usher moved to give Tameka the brunt of time with their young sons, on the basis that he has no intentions of placing any further stress on his ex during this tough time.
11-year-old Kile Glover, the former stylists' son with producer Ryan Glover, was struck by a Jet Ski while riding in an inner tube on Georgia's Lake Lanier, last weekend. A family friend has been identified as the driver of the watercraft which also left an unidentified teenage girl injured.
While Usher's name has been grabbing most of the headlines, an associate of Tameka's told Radar Online that the sympathy is misplaced. "I've seen celebs and media outlets alike continue to send their condolences to Usher. Kile was Tameka and Ryan Glover's child and the sympathy should be given to them first and foremost," said the friend.
"Although Usher has been so kind in chartering a plane so she could be by Kile's side, he didn't necessarily play a huge role in Tameka's other children's lives after the divorce therefore it seems a little disrespectful that Ryan is being ignored as a father, in place of another just because he's topping the Billboard charts. Ryan was equally devoted and involved in Kile's life —they shared joint custody and Kile was with his other family at the lake, so for those who are claiming Tameka's at fault for not being there is just absurd —because of the joint custody, her two boys aren't always directly in her eyesight, but she is a phenomenal mother."
Glover has been placed on life support, the family has yet to announce a decision to remove him. "We know God's in control, and are leaning on our faith in Him and His word at this most difficult time," they said in a statement to CNN. "We firmly believe in the power of prayer and ask that you all continue to pray and lift Kile up, as it's the best way we can all support him now."
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