In 2006, Usher began dating Tameka Foster, whom he had hired as a stylist. Soon, their work relationship turned romantic, and they began dating. Usher proposed to Tameka in January 2007 and announced their engagement the following month. An elaborate wedding was planned for July 28, 2007, at the Southampton, N.Y., home of L.A. Reid. But mere hours before the event, it was called off. Rumors for the cancellation abounded, including Usher's mom's disapproval of the marriage and health issues for Tameka, who was five months pregnant with Usher's child. "I wasn't quite ready," Usher later told Oprah Winfrey. "I impregnated this woman, we were in a relationship, we were in love. ... I was taking responsibility."
The couple ended up tying the knot the following week, albeit in a simple, private ceremony in Usher's lawyer's office in Atlanta. They had a redo of their extravagant wedding on Sept. 1, 2007, but Jonetta did not attend.