Unfortunately, Usher’s parents won’t be on the sidelines of the biggest show of his career.
But the Super Bowl-bound superstar is still feeling the love!
Usher will host the Super Bowl halftime show on February 11, 2024. While a host of famous guest stars will be performing, having his family in the house means a lot to him.
Of course, his four children must be delighted, as should his doting girlfriend.
But what about Usher’s parents? His father passed away some time ago, but here’s what we know about both of them.
Usher’s father, Usher Raymond III
Usher is named after his father, Usher Raymond III.
However, for most of his life, one name was all he shared.
During an interview with Oprah in 2017, Usher revealed how his father battled drug addiction. He also revealed that he was absent most of his life.
It was many years later, when Usher was already a grown man, that he decided it was time to reconnect with his father. But by then it was basically too late.
Usher’s father had been admitted to the intensive care unit in 2007, needing a liver transplant.
After seeking advice from his good friend Nelly, Usher put his anger aside to help his father receive treatment. Life had other plans.
His father fell into a coma during the transplant and never recovered.
“The most difficult part of this story,” Usher told Oprah during his interview, “is the fact that, in the process of making the decision of whether my father lives or dies, if he is taken off the (breathing) machine, , my my son is on the other side of the city just being born.”
Their eldest son is also named Usher, after the men who preceded him in the family.
Usher’s mom, Jonnetta Patton, the original “mother”
Since Usher’s father was absent, for many years he was raised by his single mother, Jonnetta.
Although he remarried, it is clear that his priority was always his son and his career. For 17 years, Jonnetta was Usher’s manager, something he said he was grateful for, particularly when he began to get love.
“This is a real testament,” Usher said later in the Oprah interview, “for an entrepreneurial woman who really made it a lot easier for me to focus on my craft while she was able to climb this ladder and have one of the hottest acts.” important of this era. She was just no nonsense. And I reaped the benefits of that.”
After managing her son’s success, Jonnetta became the owner of a management company and a production space, according to ESSENCE.