The media has not been kind to Tameka Raymond. The ex-wife and mother of singer Usher Raymond’s two children has been on the receiving end of a number of insults from gold digger to babymama to bitter black woman. She’s finally speaking out about it in the wake of a pool incident that almost took her 5 year-old son, Usher V’s life.
Tameka addressed the criticism on “Good Morning America,” today saying of her portrayal in the media: “I’m just bad, hell on wheels. One thing I will say is, I’m an individual. I don’t have a publicist, I don’t have a manager. I don’t have an agent. I just have regular, working-class friends and family. We don’t know how to fight the machine. […] It’s hurtful sometimes because it’s so far from the truth. You’re talking about a woman that has her own career and to be reduced to some babymama, that’s bitter and that’s a gold digger, its hurtful.”
In her words, she’s been misunderstood. She cleared up several untruths circulating in the media via Necole Bitchie:
On her reaction to the incident
I was mad because I was like ‘How did this even happen? Who was watching him? Why was my son under water for nearly 3 minutes?’
On where she was when she receive the call
I was at a dental appointment. He doesn’t call me regularly, so when I saw his number come up. I immediately jumped up because I figured he has the boys. I need to get this.
On having to relive the moment when her so Kyle died
It was like I relived it. My brain just went into all of those modes. I even said on the phone ‘I’ve had this call before.’
On whether she thinks Usher is at fault
I didn’t blame Usher for it. I was just angry that it happened on his watch, because while accidents happen, never have my children been injured on my watch.
On filing the emergency hearing
When the incident happened, my attorney filed a emergency motion, so that when my son was released from the hospital, he wasn’t going to have to go back to the house where the incident happened. Because based on our custody schedule, just like now my son was released into his fathers care again, I deemed that an emergency.
On what she’d like to see happen
I would like to have my first right of refusal, which means that when he is not present , the kids come home to their mom, they don’t stay home with the nanny and watch whatever show he is on. They come home to their mom. I had to see on Instagram that my 4-year-old lost his first tooth, that’s my baby. Things that are precious moments and milestones, I’m just missing them.
On her having to take a psychological test and having a ‘moderately severe mental disorder’
Yes. I’m going to be retested. You would think that from hearing that, it sounds like ‘Wow, she must be cutting the kids or beating them excessively or on crack or selling crack.’
On whether she thinks Usher hates her
Nope. Absolutely not. He is the father of my children and I love my kids more than life itself.
Tameka is far from blameless in the Raymond vs. Raymond debacle, I hate to see the public paint her as another crazed, bitter, unfit black mother. It’d be hard for any loving parent to sit on the sidelines for significant moments in their children’s lives, and she deserves to be able to tell her side of the story. What do you think of Tameka’s “GMA” interview?
Watch video of the interview below: