usherUsher has denied claims he fired his manager-mum Jonetta Patton ahead of his marriage to Tameka Foster last year.

Usher is said to have fired his mum on the run up to his nuptials because Jonetta and Tameka didn’t get along - but now he’s told Vibe magazine that he didn’t fire her, he just let her retire.

He explained: “I decided to not fire, not get rid of, but to give [my mother] the ultimate compliment - to retire her to be a full-time grandmother.

“My mother and I decided to change her situation, together. There was a conversation. I didn’t write her a letter or pink slip her.”

Usher and Tameka welcomed their first child together, Usher Raymond V, last autumn.