Usher refuses to sell baby pictures
(showbizspy.com) - R & B singer Usher says he refuses to cash in on parenthood by selling baby pictures to a magazine.
"In no way would I ever pimp out my child for money," Usher tells the New York Post newspaper.
"I am livid that people talk about my child," Usher, 29, said of the rumors he was trying to sell photos of his infant son, Usher Raymond V.
Instead of selling the snaps, the 'Pop Ya Collar' hitmaker - real name Usher Raymond IV - has posed - for free - with his son for an "incredible" Father's Day cover for Essence magazine.
"What makes you a man more than being a father to your child? I recognize I gave anonymity away when I became an artist, but to have people try to paint a horrible picture of what's so beautiful-it's obvious someone is trying to stop something so beautiful," he adds.
Usher also defended his wife, Tameka Foster, who was blamed for the firing of most of his music team, for not getting along with his mother, Jonetta Patton, and for being jealous of other women.
"I stand by her as a man loving my wife and being there for my child . . . Opinions are like assholes. Everybody's got one," he said. "What I will say is, this is my wife and I would hope that [people] would respect my wife and my marriage and who I have chosen to spend my life with."
Usher's new album, 'Here I Stand', is released on May 27.