By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Tameka Raymond and her ex-husband Usher are set to continue their custody battle at the end of this month, but Tameka is speaking out more and more about her current drama with her famous ex. As we reported recently, a judge ruled for Usher to retain primary custody of the former couple’s two sons after Usher V ended up in a hospital after a scary swimming pool accident, but Tameka has vowed to keep fighting for her boys. However, she thinks Usher is using his star power to gain advantage in the court of public opinion and she’s been doing interviews with “Good Morning America” and tweeting her side via her Twitter account to defend herself.
Part two of Tameka’s interview with GMA aired Thursday morning, and in the second half of the interview Tameka talked more about how things got so nasty with Usher, her recent mental disorder diagnosis and she denies her battle with Usher is actually over keeping her $8000 a month child support, which Usher has filed paperwork to reduce drastically.
Here are the highlights.
On the good moments of her former relationship and marriage to Usher, she says:
“We did a lot of travel. We both are foodies, we loved to eat, hang out. There’s many, many good parts.”
When asked why things have gotten so ugly between her and Usher, Tameka says:
“Because he filed for full custody. He filed to take my children away.”
On why she thinks he won in court twice:
“I think that wealthy men and men that are of status are winning these cases and it’s kind of amazing because they’re winning them but it’s like these are very busy men. That’s why they’re wealthy.”
Tameka revealed in the first half of the interview that an evaluation ordered by Usher claimed she has a mental disorder. She explains the diagnosis:
“The site evaluation is something that his side ordered and said that we both had to take it. I had narcissistic personality traits. That’s what the diagnosis was. You do a test and they ask you a series of questions like when you’re walking down the street, do you feel like people are looking at you? Well my answer’s yes. But I was doing it based off yes when I’m walking down the street, people do point and say, ‘Oh that’s Usher’s ex-wife.’ I think we all have a little narcissistic personality disorder. Especially those of us in the limelight. But I don’t think it’s something that affects your parenting.”
When asked if her commitment to fight Usher over her kids is really about holding on to her $8000 a month child support payment, Tameka says anyone that thinks this is about child support is crazy:
“Not to like gloat or anything, I come from a very well-earned career. I’ve made lots and lots of money and $8000 a month is not a lot of money to me. I’m grateful for it but for someone to think I don’t love my kids and this is about $8000, they are really crazy. That’s really ludicrous.”
Check out part two of the interview below: