Usher has laughed off speculation his song Papers is about his own split from ex-wife Tameka Foster, insisting the track was recorded when he "didn't know" his marriage would end in divorce.
The R&B hit-maker appears to pour out his heart over the bitter break-up on the new tune, accusing Foster of driving a wedge between himself and his mother. In Papers, he sings, "I damn near lost my mama/I had been through so much drama that I turned into the man I never thought I'd be/I'm ready to sign those papers."
The track was written before he filed for divorce from the mother of his two children, but gossips were convinced the lyrics were based on his own relationship - Usher severed links with his manager/mother when she reportedly disapproved of her son's plans to wed the stylist in 2007. Usher admits he drew some comparisons from his own relationship history for the song, but confesses had no idea his life would mirror his art until the couple split last year.
He tells MTV News, "When the song was recorded, I wasn't divorced. It was some reality in the contrast of trying to make it all work, having to balance a career and having a normal life. Coming in at six in the morning and arguing was a reality when you have those types of relationships."
"I felt that in a way, the story did touch on certain things at the time. I didn't know how realistic it would become. I didn't know I would become divorced... Unfortunately, it did become a reality."
Usher's divorce was finalized in November.