As the anticipation for Usher's fiery performance at the 2024 Super Bowl Halftime Show continues to grow, there's an offstage story at play. It's about Usher, the R&B superstar, and his biggest role yet - as a loving father to four exceptional children: Usher "Cinco" V, 16; Naviyd Raymond, 15; Sovereign, 3; and Sire, 2.
This inspiring fable of fatherhood and fame peels back the layers on Usher that many people may not know, showcasing his deep connections with his kids, who serve as inspirations to both his music and life. Usher's journey as a father would commence with the birth of Usher "Cinco" Raymond V on November 27, 2007, with his then-spouse Tameka Foster.
A year after Cinco was born, the fifth generation to carry the name was ushered into the world. Naviyd Raymond, born on December 10, 2008. With his two older sons, Usher shared with the public the meaning of the relationship he has with them that is not just about paternal love but also experiences and vulnerabilities.
During a 2020 interview with WPGC 95.5 FM, Usher gave a poignant example of the sort of moment he might become tearful about from a scene in a movie, to explain to his sons the notion of expressing feelings and emotions. This openness and honesty have been a cornerstone of Usher's parenting, as he seeks to be the father he never had.
Usher: Fatherhood & Fame
Usher's family story continued further with the birth of his daughter, Sovereign, in September 2020, and his son Sire was born in September 2021 to his new-born partner, Jennifer Goicoechea.
His two new editions of life have brought in new joy and a new dynamic to his life, which is a propeller to his other moods. Take, for example, Usher's connection with his kids, and songs like "I Cry" of 2020 come from that link he shares with them.
Usher famously said, as he was mocking himself to Tamron Hall in 2022, that his children, despite him being a star, still remain refreshingly unimpressed with his fame. This must have been a great deal of reflecting on his life.
He has had his ups and downs in fatherhood, especially underscored through his custody battle with Tameka Foster. However, the two have found a harmonious co-parenting rhythm over the years. Usher is really a dedicated family man, and as he prepares to play at the Super Bowl, it's already clear that his kids will be cheering from the stands, proud of their dad not just for his work on the stage but also off.