R&B star Usher and his wife Grace Miguel are separating after multiple allegations and lawsuits claiming he’d givena number of women herpes.
The couple, who married in 2015, released a statement overnight, saying,“After much thought and consideration we have mutually decided to separate as a couple. We remain deeply connected, loving friends who will continue supporting each other through the next phases of our lives.”
And though they did not mention divorce, TMZ is reporting that that appears to be where the couple are headed.
In their statement, reported by Us Weekly, they added “The enormous amount of love and respect that we have for each other will only increase as we move forward.”
Ms Miguel reacted to Usher’s herpes accusers back in November, telling us she and her husband are “living their lives”.
TMZ reported the couple were still together as recently as December bur but had not been pictured together in recent months.
Speaking to People magazine in 2016 about Miguel — who also worked as the singer’s manager — the star said, “I have an incredible partner and manager. She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career.”
Usher was previously married to Tameka Foster and has two sons with her, Naviyd Ely Raymond, 9, and Usher Raymond V, 10.
Two years ago, he spoke to People magazine about spending quality time with his family.
“I went on an air balloon trip with about 15 people … both my boys were up there with me, my wife was up there with me,” he recalled about a recent trip to Italy. “The whole family was up there. It was cool to just have that little moment away.”
Last November, a lawsuit alleging the star had given a woman herpes was dismissed.
In July, Laura Helm filed a lawsuit against Usher, alleging he had unprotected sex with her and transmitted the disease.
According to The Sun, Helm was one of a number of people suing the R&B artist.
She alleged she slept with the pop icon on two separate occasions.
After the second encounter, which involved sex without a condom, she claims to have found a pea-sized bump on her vagina and a similar lump on her cheek, reported TMZ.
The court filings also detail Usher’s allegedly bizarre behaviour including having showers before and after sex.
Helm also claims the chart-topping star would grab his penis and run out the room before he ejaculated.
The pair were friends for years before their relationship turned sexual in April 2017, according to the documents.
In their first sexual encounter, the singer wooed Helm by talking about his humanitarian work in Africa, his interest in water filtration and his concerns for the current state of American politics, said the claimant.
The second time the pair hooked up, Usher put on jazz music before performing oral sex on the fellow musician, the filings state.
The lawsuit was dismissed in November after a taped phone call two days before the lawsuit was filed, she reportedly told a friend she only had protected sex with Usher, according to TMZ.