Usher's Ex-Wife: 'I Was Mad'

Tameka Raymond discusses the moment she found out about her about her son's near-drowning.
6:15 | 08/14/13

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First, that exclusive interview with usher's ex-wife, tameka raymond. Dan abrams spoke with her. Good morning, dan. Good morning, george. She has dealt with adversity no mother should know. One child dead. And a week ago, a second child almost drowning in a pool. Now, tameka raymond is speaking out for the first time about the scare and the legal battle that's heated up with her superstar ex. I don't know if there's a way for a blood pressure to peak higher so quick. Reporter: This morning, tameka raymond describes the heart-stopping moment that she learned her 5-year-old son nearly drowned in her ex-husband's pool. I was mad because how did this happen? Who was watching him? Why was my son under water for nearly three minutes? Reporter: Raymond telling us, it was her former husband, superstar usher, who called to tell her about the accident. I was at a dental appointment. And you know, he doesn't call me regularly. So, when I saw his number come up, I nearly jumped up. I figure, he has the boys. I need to get this. Reporter: For raymond, it was a horrifying case of deja vu. Her son, kyle, died in a jet skiing crash just one year ago. Did you to yourself, please, no. Not something like this again? Yes. Yeah. It was like I relived it. Like my brain just went into all those modes, thinking -- I even said on the phone. I said, I've had this call before. Reporter: Did you blame usher for that? I didn't blame him for it. I was angry that it happened on his watch because while accidents happen, never has my children been injured on my watch. Reporter: Overnight, usher posted this picture of his name sake. Out of the hospital and playing games. His arm in a bandage. But a big smile on his face. And his mother tells us, the 5-year-old will be going back to school today. But for his parents, the drama is far from over. This is ridiculous. Reporter: Just hours after little usher's near drowning, tameka raymond requested an emergency hearing, hoping to win temporary custody of her two, young sons with the grammy-winning singer. When the incident happened, my attorney filed an emergency motion so that when my son was released from the hospital, he wasn't going to have to go back to the house where the incident happened because they saw our custody schedule, just like now, my son was released into his father's care again. I deem that an emergency. Reporter: But a judge disagreed, allowing usher to keep primary custody, despite his ex-wife's arguments that he's rarely home because of his schedule of recording and performing. What do you want from this? I would like to have my first right of refusal. Which means when he is not present, the kids come home to their mom. They don't stay home with their nanny and watch whatever show he's on. They come home to their mother. I had to see on instagram that my 4-year-old lost his first tooth. That's my baby. Things that are precious moments, milestone moment, I'm just missing them. Reporter: Now, as their custody battle rages on, raymond tells us she's continuing to fight. Both in a legal courtroom and in the court of public opinion. You took a psychological examination in connection with this. Yes. Reporter: And the psychological report in this case determine that you have a moderately severe mental disorder. I'm going to be retested. I mean, you would think from hearing that, that sounds like, wow. She must be cutting the kids or beating them excessively or on crack or selling crack. Reporter: There's been a picture of you drawn in the media. Psychological disorder. I'm crazy. Reporter: Spit at the girlfriend. Threatened him. I'm just bad. Hell on wheels. You know, one thing I will say, you know, I'm an individual. I don't have a publicist. I don't have a manager. I don't have an agent. I've just got some regular working-class friends and family members. We don't know how to fight the machine. Reporter: Is it hurtful to you to read the things that are said about you? It is hurtful sometimes because it's so far from the truth. You're talking about a woman that had her own career. And to be reduced to some baby momma, that's bitter and that's a gold digger is hurtful. Reporter: Raymond says she tries to remain positive, by immersing herself in kyle's world, a foundation she started in memory of her late son. And despite everything, she tells us she's hopeful that she and her superstar ex will work things out for these two little boys. Do you think he hates you right now? Nope. Reporter: Do you hate him? Absolutely not. No. He's the father of my children. And I love my kids more than life itself. Reporter: She says she spent every night in the hospital with her boy until he was released. And had hoped he would come home with her. With the judge's ruling against her, that didn't happen. Another hearing is scheduled for the end of this month, where raymond will again ask that she gets more time with her boys. Think chance of getting it? Anytime you're the one asking for custody to be revisited, you have an uphill battle. And the judge denied the emergency motion. With that said, if you take her at her word, what she really wants is the opportunity to take the kids when usher's out of town -- that seems fair. She has a stronger, I think, case there. Although, that is something that was previously rejected. And remember, there is a different legal standard for an emergency hearing than when you're looking nor broadly at the custody. And the last hearing, pretty remarkable moment when usher comes up to her after the hearing and puts her arms around her and saying, can we work this out? And she doesn't believe that was sincere. Meaning, he acted differently when the cameras are rolling and when the cameras were off. He was gloating at one point. But then when people are watching, he reaches out. And she was surprised he was trying to hug her. That was a fascinating interview. Let's get the weather from ginger.

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