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Usher Asks Media To Mind Their Business In Open Letter

Posted By on July 13, 2007

In an open letter to People magazine, R&B superstar Usher defended his relationship with fiance, and mother to be Tameka Foster, and implored the media and bloggers to respect his privacy.

"I am happy, excited, completely clear and independent on my direction, feelings, decisions and I am NOT BEING LED," Usher wrote. "Some media and bloggers have been totally intrusive, they have misconstrued aspects of my personal life and, because of this, my 'true' fans are not sure about what is fact and what is fiction. There is a difference in stating an opinion versus drawing a conclusion that is incorrect," retorts Usher in response to the insinuation that Foster, 36, was responsible for him firing his momanger, Jonetta Patton and publicist.

Usher went on to address recent reports in New York's Daily News that he threatened radio host Tom Joyner after he joked about rumored tension between Foster and Usher's mother.

"I have NEVER threatened or harassed anyone from any media format – print, radio, television or Internet media. At this point the best thing to say to my fans is just because it sounds enticing and it MAY sound 'true,' that does not make it truth. I understand the fact that I must sacrifice some anonymity for the career I love, however, some things are personal like having a child or a marriage," Usher insists.

While Usher recently announced his engagement to Foster, in his open letter to People he dismissed all speculation regarding the details of his pending nuptials.

"It has already been announced that I plan to marry this year. However, since my wedding day will be special to Tameka and I, this is information that we would like to keep private."

To read the full text of Usher's open letter, log on to People.com.