Usher's wife takes aim at critics

The mother of R&B star Usher's baby boy has lashed out at the singer's jealous fans, who have made her life a misery ever since the couple announced its engagement.

Tameka Foster, who wed Usher in September and gave birth to their son last week, can't believe how the black media and black women, in particular, have turned on her.

She insists her love for the Yeah! hitmaker is for real, despite claims she's using Usher to boost her fashion empire.

Foster tells Essence magazine, "We (black women) don't like ourselves. If I were Hispanic, Usher would have the sexiest wife alive. If I were mixed, he'd have the sexiest wife alive.

"But he has a black girl, and it's like, 'She's horrible and she's ugly!'

"OK, maybe I don't fit the cookie-cutter standard - 25 and a size two - but this is who he loves."

And Foster insists those that just want to bad mouth her should turn their attentions to more pressing matters.

She rants: "There are women getting raped in Darfur, young girls being turned out every single day right here in Atlanta. We have bigger issues to worry about than two people in love with each other."

And soul star Patti LaBelle, who refers to Foster as her "second daughter", backs her up in the article, adding: "Tameka is a pretty black woman who has been married before... but Usher knows her past and he loves her."

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