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Usher Calls Fatherhood & Marriage 'Amazing'

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Dance-loving talk show host Ellen DeGeneres may have met her match: Usher. The R&B star and new dad stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to show off his moves and talk about his most “amazing” project to date.

“He is my reason for living,” the singer tells Ellen of his 6-month old son, Usher Raymond V, with wife Tameka. “[Aside from] my wife, obviously, for helping me have him.”

In the episode airing Friday, the newlywed also says of his bride: “She’s built up … the foundation of who I am. I want to see more men standing with their women. I want to see more men be open and honest about where they are in life.”

And speaking of honesty, when asked what surprised him most about having a baby, the star replied with a laugh: “That I had him – that was a big surprise!”

That – and “learning more and more about the beauty of fatherhood,” he said. “As an African-American, to be there for my child is so important when there are so many young African-American kids without their fathers. I just want him to grow up to be as wise as he can possibly be, kind and open hearted. [Fatherhood] changes everything about me.”

Of recent Internet rumors that Usher and Tameka had filed for separation, his manager Benny Medina told PEOPLE: “It’s 100% not true. Usher and Tameka are currently traveling in Europe together as a family on his promotional tour. This rumor is completely false.”
Reporting by TIFFANY McGEE