Grace Miguel, Usher’s boo/manager has managed to not only keep the celeb entertaining the masses, but she’s also won his heart.
Usher and Grace were 1st romantically linked while they both were still married to other people. Miguel has two teen kids and the two managed to sneak around until Miguel divorced her husband to be with Usher full time.
There were rumors that Miguel was forced to play the background because Usher is more “marketable” as a single man, but apparently that’s all changed and they’re officially an “item”.
In the recent issue of Billboard magazine, Usher and Grace ‘confess’ that they have mixed business with pleasure and it’s a blend that’s surprisingly been working for them for quite a few years now.
Cover + excerpt of the couple’s recent interview below…
As you know, Usher dumped his momanger Jonetta Patton’s J-Pat Management firm (yet again) and is now opts for the management services of his girlfriend, former Def Jam exec Grace Miguel’s Coup D’Etat company.
In speaking about his controversial management changes, Usher reveals:
In life we have to grow, and one thing that’s been beautiful is that I’ve been able to grow along with my mother and people of my past.
They’re proud of me as I move forward, and are able to acknowledge the work I’ve been doing and say, ‘I like what you’re doing, and I like that you’ve been able to pick it up and continue to move on.’
Miguel also speaks about their romantic relationship verses their business relationship. Stating that their love only makes the team stronger.
“Usher’s core team is run like a family who inspire each other to reach our full potential and have each other’s backs, while we create the foundation for his monumental success,” Miguel says.
Among his longtime business and creative team members are RCA president of urban music/Bystorm Entertainment CEO Mark Pitts, who has worked with Usher for 20 years and serves as his A&R rep, and musical director Johnny “Natural” Najera, who has been with Usher for 12 years.
“That personal connection,” Miguel adds, “allows us all to really go the extra mile to help him achieve his goals.”
What the article DIDN’T say was that there are a lot of other people besides Miss. Jonetta, that have been given the boot from Usher’s camp as well.
I’m not going to name names, but it’s looking like Mr. Raymond is in yet another “Tameka” situation.
[Sidebar: Miguel's company name, "Coup D'Etat" is defined as "a violent overthrow" ]
Didn’t we all say that she was trying to clean house in Usher’s camp right before she popped out those kids?
Usher ditched Tameka (supposedly) because she was way too controlling, but now it seems like someone else has the reigns. That old saying ‘never sh*t where you eat’ seems the perfect life quote for Usher, but I can’t knock him cause just like R-uh Kelly… some people like that kinda thing. *shrug*
Now that he’s battling Tameka for full custody of the kids, this whole thing kinda sorta almost makes sense. Oh… and the fact that an album is about to come out (insert-side-eye).
If you think about it, the parallels between Usher’s new boo and his ex are undeniable! They both were married women with kids (that “controlling mother figure” type) and from all appearances it’s looking like they both ran the hell outta Usher.
Sooner or later though, Usher has gotta realize that he keeps choosing the same (older) broads in different packaging, but I guess if it sells records it’s all good… right?
What is it about these men with Mommy issues that keep them repeating the same nasty habits?
Where’s Mama Patton to step her foot in on this one?
CLICK HERE to read more of Usher’s Billboard cover story…