In response to the swirling rumors that he had fired his mother Jonnetta Patton as his manager last week, multi-platinum R&B singer Usher released a statement Monday (May 7) confirming her release.

“She and I are on great terms and support each other in our life's endeavors,” Usher said in the statement. “We are both very happy but are now working in different areas of the business. This is great for me because it means I now get to have my mother strictly as my mother with no added pressure.

“No one will ever know how much she has taught me as it pertains to living my life and having a successful career,” the statement continued. “But now that I am maturing, growing into my manhood and have new priorities, one thing hasn’t changed. That is being able to have a close-knit family, something that means more to me than anything in the world. So at this time in my life, I am simply more interested in building the strength of my family. And in order to do that, I feel it's best to separate my business life from my personal life.”

Usher denied reports that his fiancé Tameka Foster would take over his management. Calls to Ms. Patton's office were not returned at press time. Usher's next album is slated for a fourth-quarter release on LaFace/Zomba.