Tameka Foster Raymond Is Usher Wife

February 13, 2009

Meet Tameka Foster Raymond, wife of R&B music star Usher, and the mother of his two young sons. See photos, video and a biography here.

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She is variously known as Tameka Raymond and Tameka Foster. Usher’s full name is Usher Raymond IV although he is known professionally by his first name only. His wife is in the news because she is recovering in Brazil after a medically induced coma which saved her life as she was about to undergo liposuction.

According to Ellen Dasptry, a rep for Sao Paulo plastic surgeon Dr. Silvio Sterman, who was to have performed the surgery, Tameka Foster Raymond arrived on Friday, February 6, 2009 for the liposuction. Shortly after going under general anesthesia, she suffered cardiac arrest, i.e., a heart attack.

“When an attack like this happens, the doctors put the patient to sleep… and make sure that everything is okay and that there has not been any damage,” explains Dasptry. “This is the protocol every time and this is what was done.”

After spending a day in the ICU, Foster Raymond was transferred to Sao Paulo’s Hospital Sírio-Libanês, a larger facility which Dasptry says is considered to be one of the finest in Brazil. Nearly a week after the cardiac arrest, Daspry says that she “is doing very well.”

Usher was set to perform at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party on February 7, 2009, but it was that very day that his wife went into cardiac arrest. He flew to Brazil where he remains by her side as she recovers.

Because Tameka Foster Raymond had given birth to the couple’s second son two months ago, this incident has stirred some debate in the medical community as to whether or not two months after the birth of a child is too soon to undergo liposuction.

People Magazine interviewed a doctor, cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist Neil Sadick of New York City, who asserted that a woman should wait at least three months before undergoing such a procedure, and that “no abdominal surgery should be performed within eight weeks because of the distension and inflammation of the abdomen/uterus due to pregnancy.” However, the Brazilian doctor’s spokesperson, Dasptry, said that Foster Raymond was determined to be “in good health.” She went on to say, that there was not a rule saying a woman couldn’t have surgery two months after childbirth.

The debate will go on, no doubt. Nonetheless, as plastic surgery has become so commonplace, it takes sudden and shocking news to remind us that, as with any surgical procedure, there can be complications. We need only remember the tragic death of Kanye West’s mother, Dr. Donda West, in late 2007, who died of a heart attack as a result of complications in plastic surgery.

Thankfully, the news from Brazil has been good news, as Usher’s wife has survived and will recover.

As a biography, Tameka Foster Raymond was born in 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her age is 38. She is a stylist and the owner of Swanky Image Group and Hides & Dungarees denim and leather collection in Atlanta, with a celebrity clientele that included Ciara, Patti LaBelle, Jay-Z, Diddy and Lauryn Hill.

Prior to becoming romantically involved with Usher in November 2005 when she split from her then husband Ryan Glover, Noontime Music cofounder and the father of her three children. She and Usher had been friends and for nearly seven years and she was his personal stylist for five years. Usher, 30, has been singing professionally since age 13 and is a five time Grammy Award winner who has sold approximately 38 million albums worldwide. He is also an entrepreneur and business man who owns US Records, and is a part owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers.

She married Usher in August 2007 in a private at the office of the singer’s lawyer in Atlanta. Previously, the couple’s July 28, 2007 lavish, star studded wedding at the Southampton, NY estate of music mogul L.A. Reid had been canceled, fueling rumors and speculation. Foster said a “pregnancy scare” and a brief hospitalization is what led to the postponement of the wedding. On September 1, 2007 the couple had a formal wedding before 200 guests at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, a 16th-century-style French chateau, just outside Atlanta on 3,500 acres of rolling hills, and they released some beautiful wedding pictures which you can see here.

Tameka Foster Raymond gave birth to the couple’s first child, Usher Raymond V, in November 2007 and, the second child, Naveid Ely Raymond, was born in December 2008. She also has joint custody of the three children from the aforementioned previous marriage.

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2 Responses to “Tameka Foster Raymond Is Usher Wife”

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    Daquita Says:

    I think usher is to good for that cheap skank. He needs to find way better.

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    shake.ke Says:

    i couldnt agree more with daquita!!!bt hey wat do u knw…he realizes tht 2!!!lol i hope he finds the perfect 1 soon…