Usher Says It's Important For Him to "Be at Every Step" of His 4 Kids' Lives
Throughout the years, Usher has been — and remains — a household name. That's, of course, thanks to all of his talents, which include being an actor and Grammy-winning R&B artist. While he wears many hats, in his own home, he's father to four kids: Usher, Naviyd, Sovereign, and Sire. The artist shares two sons with his ex-wife Tameka Foster, as well as a daughter and a son with girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea.
Speaking with Us Weekly in February, Usher opened up about how he balances his career with being a dad, especially while focusing on his super-popular, long-running Las Vegas residency. "The biggest challenge, period, is balance — trying to make enough time for it all and still have enough for yourself," he said. "Because you don't have personal balance and you can't balance it out for them."
"I really want to be at every recital, [I] wanna be at every basketball game. I want to be at every step," he added. "And God willing, I'm able to instill very incredible valuable things, lessons that'll help assist them when I'm not around, believe it or not, that's when it actually applies. And it matters more than anything."
Keep reading to learn more about Usher's family of four and see all of his cutest photos with his kids.
Usher Raymond V
Usher's oldest child — his first with Tameka Foster — was born on Nov. 26, 2007. He shares his full name with his dad, making him the fifth generation of Usher Raymonds, but his nicknames include Ush and URV.
On his 14th birthday in 2021, Usher shared a sweet photo of his namesake in the womb, "Guess WHO!! Been a rebel. Happy 14th URV 'Cinco.'" According to Foster's yearly birthday posts for her son, Usher V has a variety of interests, from gaming to golf.
Naviyd Ely Raymond
Usher and Foster's second child together, Naviyd, was born on Dec. 11, 2008, just over a year after his older brother.
In honor of Nav's 13th birthday, Usher gushed about his second-born in an Instagram post. "NAVIYD!!! Turnin the Big 13!!! My Silent Partner, Creative Director, Always Full of Ideas… You're 'The Good News' Wishing you the Happiest Birthday son!! Love DAD You are my favorite 13 year old," he wrote.
According to Foster's Instagram, Nav is quite the poet, having won a poetry contest and apparently performed his poem "in an English cockney accent."
Sovereign Bo Raymond
Usher's third child — and Goicoechea's first — a daughter named Sovereign, was born on Sept. 30, 2020. A day before announcing Goicoechea's second pregnancy at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards in last year, Usher shared the meaning behind his baby girl's unique name, stating, "Sovereign is such a beautiful word and name to me. 'A supreme ruler' is obviously the defined name," he said. "She's definitely ruling the household, but Sovereign Bo . . . Bo is at the end of it, so, my little Reign-Bo."
Sire Castrello Raymond
Goicoechea and Usher welcomed their second child together on Oct. 12, 2021, just two days before Usher's birthday. The singer captioned an Instagram post expressing his excitement for the occasion: "Birthday Wish. All I could ask for on my birthday (and on each and every day) is for the safety of my most priceless gifts from GOD. I pray for you… ALL. Cinco, Nav, Sové, & Sire. That's the best birthday gift a man could ask for.".