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Jermaine Dupri rushed to defend his friend, Usher Raymond, when the R&B crooner teased his new single - and everyone thought he was singing about herpes.

According to TMZ, the diminutive music producer and part-time DJ, cleared the air when speculation ran rampant that Usher's new single "Confessions Pt. 3" contained a reference to his "sickness."

"Don't let that 'sickness' lyric fool you," JD tweeted on Wednesday. "The song is about a girl cheatin' on him and gettin' pregnant by another man. She is then being stuck with the decision to keep or abort it. Now that he knows, Should he stay or Leave???"

Usher teased the new single during his live set at the Cricket Lounge this week.

    "Remember that time I was sitting up sick, couldn't sleep on the middle of the night? / And you said bae let me take you to the ER / I said 'Nah, Imma be alright / Well, the next day I found out from f*cking around that the sickness I had was life / And I was fixed with the decision to keep it / Knowing I had to get rid of it, rid of it, live with it / You don't know, he don't know, I had to deal with it."

The song concludes with: "That's the test to see if you're strong."

Then, addressing the audience directly, Usher says, "You realize what I just told you? You don't realize it, huh? Well, you can play it back."
 

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R&B crooner Usher teased his new single "Confessions Pt. 3" during a live set at the Cricket Lounge, where he previewed songs from his upcoming album.

The 41-year-old was the target of lawsuits from multiple women and one man, each accusing him of giving them herpes. The lawsuits were quietly settled out of court last year. The terms of the settlements - and whether any cash was paid out - were not disclosed.

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But a clip from his live set left his fans wondering if he's trying to tell them something. Usher seems to allude to a "sickness" on "Confessions Pt. 3".

    "Remember that time I was sitting up sick, couldn't sleep on the middle of the night? / And you said bae let me take you to the ER / I said 'Nah, Imma be alright / Well, the next day I found out from f*cking around that the sickness I had was life / And I was fixed with the decision to keep it / Knowing I had to get rid of it, rid of it, live with it / He don't know, I don't know, we had to deal with it."

The song concludes with: "That's the test to see if you're strong."

Then, addressing the audience directly, Usher says, "You realize what I just told you? You don't realize it, huh? Well, you can play it back."
 


 

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Usher Raymond, Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg are among the stars calling for the NBA to change its logo in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 when he was killed in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna, 13, their pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, and six other passengers in California on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Following the heartbreaking news, tributes have poured in for Bryant, and fans are petitioning the NBA to change its logo to recognize the star.

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Naomi Campbell (pictured) and Vanessa Hudgens were also among the famous faces backing fan Nick M's campaign on website change.org, which features a logo mockup by graphic artist Tyson Beck.

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The petition aims to replace the current image, which features former basketball player and executive Jerry West in a silhouette (far right). The current NBA logo was designed by Alan Siegel in 1969.

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Lakers legends Jerry West (left) and Bryant posed together after the Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"Couldn't be a better time or all around athlete and person for it," Usher wrote on Instagram, adding, "#changethelogo."

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But many NBA fans disagree. They want the NBA to leave the logo the way it is. Fans say social media has a tendency to make martyrs out of celebrities such as mixtape rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was gunned down in Los Angeles in March 2019.

When WENN.com went to press, the petition had amassed over 1.5 million signatures.

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Rapper Rich the Kid was the apparent victim of a violent armed robbery outside a West Hollywood recording studio on Tuesday, according to TMZ.

Rich the Kid, whose real name is Dimitri Roger, posted an Instagram image that shows him holding stacks of cash and wearing expensive jewelry while standing next to a Lamborghini Urus.

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Police in Los Angeles arrested a burglar who targeted the high end homes of R&B crooner Usher and an unidentified Real Housewives reality TV cast member.

The man is suspected of burglarizing Usher's Spanish-style villa in Los Angeles after attending an open house when the home was listed on the market in March 2018.

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According to Instagram blogger Fameolous, TMZ.com is "sitting on" a scoop that a "legendary" singer is considering filing a $1.2 million lawsuit against R&B crooner Usher Raymond, 39, for infecting her with the herpes virus.

FYI: the picture of legendary TLC singer Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, 46, is being used for illustrative purposes. Fameolous did not identify the singer.

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An Atlanta woman who sued Usher for allegedly giving her herpes, is now suing insurance companies, claiming they outed her medical records to a blog, according to gossip tabloid TMZ.com.

Singer Laura Michelle Helm, 32, is suing 3 insurance companies, claiming an application she filed for insurance ended up on a blog post which revealed her "private sensitive health information" to a blog.

TMZ did not identify the blog.

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R&B crooner Usher has a lot to smile about now that his herpes court case was dismissed in Georgia. Usher's accuser, New Orleans singer Laura Michelle Helm, 32, dropped her $20 million lawsuit after her original attorney, Lisa West, asked to be removed from the case.

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Usher's loyal wife, Grace Raymond, 48, was spotted arriving at LAX Airport. She was asked to comment on her husband's four accusers -- 2 of whom have not come forward to identify themselves or file any paperwork in court.

Coincidentally, she was on the phone with the R&B crooner when TMZ's photog approached her.

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The 21-year-old Brooklyn woman who accused Usher Raymond of exposing her to herpes simplex now claims she has a sex tape of her and Usher on her cell phone.

Quantasia Sharpton was written off as just another attention-seeking groupie when the blogs discredited her after she filed a lawsuit against the 38-year-old crooner. But now the single mother claims she has a sex tape that will exonerate her.

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