August 6, 2007 / 3:33 PM / 10 years ago

Usher quietly marries after canceling glitzy wedding

NEW YORK, Aug 6 (Reuters Life!) - R&B singer Usher married his pregnant girlfriend in a small, private ceremony in his lawyer’s office on Friday, just six days after canceling a lavish, star-studded wedding, according to reports on Monday.

<p>Usher sings the national anthem before the start of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals basketball series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons in Cleveland, June 2, 2007. Usher married his pregnant girlfriend in a small, private ceremony in his lawyer's office on Friday, just six days after canceling a lavish, star-studded wedding, according to reports on Monday. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan</p>

The couple were to have been married on July 28 at a glitzy ceremony on Long Island, New York, but the wedding was canceled that day with no reason given.

But Us Weekly magazine’s Web site reported Usher, 28, whose full name is Usher Raymond, and stylist Tameka Foster exchanged vows on Friday in his lawyer’s office in their home state of Georgia.

“I exchanged vows with Tameka Foster in Atlanta on Friday and we are happily married,” Usher told Us Weekly.

The marriage came after speculation that the couple had called the wedding off because of arguments involving everything from the wedding plans to the fact that Usher’s mother and former manager, Jonetta Patton, didn’t approve of Foster.

Foster 37, dismissed those rumors, telling People magazine that she had a pregnancy “scare” brought on by the stress of the wedding and was hospitalized for a couple of days.

Patton was reported to have been at Friday’s ceremony.

Usher and Foster announced their engagement in March and later revealed that Foster was pregnant with their first child together. She has three children from a previous marriage.

The singer has won five Grammy awards -- the U.S. music industry’s top honor. He also has moved from singing to acting, starring in a 2005 movie, “In the Mix,” and one year later playing on Broadway in the musical “Chicago.”

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