Usher’s Boisterous Boys ‘Wear Him Out’

09/01/2010 at 03:00 PM ET
Usher V, Usher and Naviyd — Peter Yang

With two sons a year apart, Usher Raymond has his hands full – but appreciates the bond his boys share.

“They play really well with each other,” the singer says of Usher V, 2½, and Naviyd Ely, 20 months, his sons with ex-wife Tameka Foster.

“They have their differences, but they’re definitely brothers. They’re fun to watch together and both have a ton of energy. They can wear me out sometimes, without a doubt.”

His eldest “is always in everything,” Raymond, 31, laughs. “He’s the one who leads his brother astray – he’s the instigator. He’ll be like, ‘Hey, let’s swing from the table,’ and his brother will follow him. He’s the one who’s responsible when they get into trouble!”

Little Usher has a sweet side as well, his proud papa is quick to admit. “He’ll read books to Naviyd,” explains Raymond. “Well, he can’t read, but he’s memorized the books and will [recite] them.”

As for Naviyd, he “worships the ground Usher walks on,” Raymond says. “If Usher gets something to eat, Naviyd wants the same thing. If Usher wants to watch something on TV, so does Naviyd.”

Both boys are “really into the outdoors” and enjoy “bike rides and playing at the park,” with their dad. “I see myself in them, which is both good and bad,” notes Raymond, who just released his latest album, Versus. “They’ve taught me that I’m sometimes a know-it-all, that I can be demanding. They make me want to improve myself and be the right kind of father for them.”

“It really hits me that I’m responsible for raising them and showing them what a real man is,” he adds. “I don’t know if I always do it right, but I’m trying. I have to teach them to be men – that’s a really big responsibility. I hope I can rise to the occasion.”

For more photos and details on Usher’s life as a dad, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

– Steve Helling

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Abbey on

They are so cute! Not sure which one is which (they look the same age!) but the one right behind his dad’s head has the cutest big ears (look just like Usher’s). He seems the mischevious one and the other one is so innocent seeming. They’re so adorable!

Brooke on

They are so bloody cute, I want to eat them up.

Lisa on

OMG!!!!! This is just too much handsomeness in one picture! Love it, love it, love it!!!!!

loren on

the boys are adorable, both of them look cute, full of fun
and mischief (seen other pictures from this set)

Ella on

They are just super, super cute!!!

jordan on

I can finally tell them apart…now that I’ve seen a better pic. Little Usher is on the left and Naviyd is on the right…They are too cute

Ellea on

What a precious photo! I love usher’s expression lol and cute little boys.

CelebBabyLover on

I’m thrilled to finally see a good, clear picture of Naviyd! As for his big bro…..Apparently they don’t call him Cinco anymore? But anyway, I think both boys look like their daddy. :)

Oreos on

sounds like he’s trying. not any of the fluff and superiority talk like a some celebrity parents out there. down to earth, realistic approach and hopes in just talking about the kids. very relatable. great lessons he is admitting and learning about becoming a parent. good luck to you Usher!

Maaike on

Little Naviyd’s facial expression reminds me of little Tennyson Crowe. :) Cute boys!

Emmy on

They are so adorable! All three of them!

Honey on

Ahhh this picture is gorgeous…handsome boys & gorgeous daddy…I love it!!!!!

Mia on

Cute-I think the older one looks like his daddy + the younger one like the mom.

Shannon on

Precious photo!

Terri on

Wow, they are so close in age I couldn’t tell which is which. Love seeing Usher with his baby boys, they are so cute!

April on

I could see why people would be confused about which boy was which if the photo wasn’t labeled. But it is, so I’m missing what is so difficult.

They are adorable and Usher sounds like a great dad. My two girls are close in age and have the same dynamic his boys do. Very funny to watch.

Mimi on

Adorable! Little boys are so rambunctious, my 3 year-old twin nephews are the same way.

And I love the expression on Daddy Usher’s face! Great photo of those three.

johosaphat on

I have 2 boys, 3 1/2 yrs apart. oh my goodness! Good luck Usher. lol They get in trouble together and fight but NO ONE can touch the other. He obviously loves his boys, that’s the biggest requirement to being a good parent.

val on

they are too cute.

julie on

He says it so eloquently, and is clearly a great example of an African-American man who’s successful and a good father.

He should do a series of videos, an example of a title could be “Man-to-Man, Father-to-Father, Usher to You”, and talk with other African-American men about fatherhood, either speaking directly to the camera, or in a small group. Sell it for a very, very nominal fee or give it away (free downloads). It’s important for other African-American men to hear what he described to us about fatherhood, and aspire to be good fathers such as he obviously is. It would be a fantastic public service.

Jacqui on

Usher, it is so nice to see the “Dad” you have become to these two adorable boys! In this day when the statistics are so very high with black fathers being deadbeat, here you come doing the right thing. You are also in an industry where the dads are mostly referred to as sperm donors. Glad you are not that way. You have always shown class in your life, so keep it up! Those two kids are precious. Love you all!

michie on

I am so glad to see that he is doing his thing!! He seems like such a good and responsible father to his kids. You hardly find men now a days that actually there for their kids.

LisaS on

Oh my! Those boys are so freakin’ adorable! They look happy (and mischievous). And yeah, they really do look like they’re about the same age so I’d be totally confused too as to which one is which if their names weren’t listed under the photo.

I’m so glad to hear that Usher is still there for his boys and in their lives even though he and their mother are divorced. Some of the men I know in real life who have had babies with women they’re no longer with could learn a thing or two from him.

brannon on

Wow. That is the cutest picture ever!!

sharnell on

they are so kewt!!!!!!!;)

lizzielui on

Seriously Jacqui? Deadbeat dads come in all colors of the rainbow.

Benny on

What adorable kids! They look like they keep their dad on his toes. I just realized that his ex wife is a mother to 5 boys. Wow!

Usher seems like a great dad. The fact that he praises his ex makes him look really good. This is the first time I saw a picture of his sons.

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