Usher Quips: 'Three-Nager' Daughter, a 'Loving Dictator'

Usher Discusses Parenting Dynamics and Family Life

by Zain ul Abedin
Usher Quips: 'Three-Nager' Daughter, a 'Loving Dictator'
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In a candid interview with PEOPLE magazine, Usher Raymond, the celebrated R&B icon and Super Bowl halftime performer, opens up about the dynamics of fatherhood within his diverse family. The 45-year-old singer is a proud father of four: his youngest son, Sire Castrello, 17 months, and daughter, Sovereign Bo, 3½, with his current wife Jennifer Goicoechea, alongside teenagers Naviyd Ely, 15, and Usher "Cinco" V, 16, from his previous marriage to Tameka Foster.

Among his children, Usher notes that Sovereign, his only daughter, distinctly stands out with her formidable personality, humorously dubbing her his "three-nager." "She's a cold whole trip, but she's so loving," Usher jests.

"I don't know why I named her Sovereign because she's a dictator. I made her a dictator by way of trait of name. Careful what you ask for because you'll get it." The artist, who recently released the music video for his song "Ruin," featuring a cameo of Sovereign in a pink dress, playfully interacting with her father, reflects on the unique challenges and joys of parenting.

He emphasizes the importance of patience and understanding in dealing with each child's individual needs and expressions. "Every situation presents a different direction," he says, acknowledging the necessity of being sensitive to their emotions and communication.

Usher: Active, Involved Dad

Usher also expresses his hope for strong sibling bonds, particularly between his older sons and the younger children. "I wish for my children to grow to love each other... to cover each other and know that they are protective of one another," he shares.

This sentiment stems from his own experience as the oldest sibling in his family. Despite the varied ages of his children, ranging from toddler to teenager, Usher remains an active and involved father. "At 45 years old, I can still move, run, and keep up with them," he says, attributing his agility to skating, which he finds impressive to his kids.

However, he humorously wonders if he still holds the 'cool dad' status with his older children. Usher's journey as a father is marked by moments of learning, adaptation, and unconditional love. His candid sharing provides a glimpse into the life of a superstar balancing the glitz of fame with the grounded realities of parenting.