Usher’s ex-wife demands custody, drug test

Usher is embroiled in a custody dispute over his two sons with ex-wife Tameka Raymond. The singer’s former spouse (and former stylist) wants them taken away from him — and she’s insisting he be drug-tested, TMZ reports, because she believes he is popping pills around the boys.

The mom of Usher Raymond V and Naviviyd Eli Raymond reportedly filed papers petitioning for her famous ex-husband to be stripped of joint custody of them. She is asking a court to force him to take a drug test, although Usher has refused, claiming Tameka’s allegations are “frivolous and unfounded” and she’s just seeking to “harass and embarrass” him.

And Tameka is allegedly worried that the more time passes, the greater the chance that Usher can “cleanse” his system of traces of drug use.

The pair married in August 2007 (after calling off a planned wedding earlier that year — never a good sign) and Usher filed for divorce in June 2009. So, not exactly Kardashian brief, but a pretty brief marriage nonetheless.

‘DWTS’ Champs Dating?

“Dancing With the Stars” is known for producing couples (though those couples haven’t had much staying power). The latest pair to take their tango routine off the dance floor are Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough, according to Life&Style.

The former dance partners, who took the trophy in season 10, reportedly started dating soon after his three-month romance with Lauren Conrad went bust in early November. Like, really soon after.

“Ever since Nicole broke up with [race-car driver Lewis Hamilton], she’s been hanging out with Derek,” a pal confides. “He 100 percent acts like he’s her boyfriend.”

And that apparently included a Los Angeles event on Nov. 10 where his extremely recent ex was in attendance!

“He didn’t leave Nicole’s side,” a fellow reveler recalled. “Lauren tried her best to avoid him.”

Now that’s just tacky, Derek!

Fears for Brooke

In the wake of her arrest on assault and cocaine possession charges over the weekend, a friend declared to People magazine that Brooke Mueller needs help. “Brooke can’t stay sober on her own,” says the pal.

“Maybe this [arrest] will force her to go into a treatment center for a long stay. Thirty-day rehabs won’t work for her,” speculates the source. “Her family has been trying to get her to do this; now maybe the court will force her to get the help she needs! She has enough family to take care of the kids while she’s away.”

Brooke’s rep at first declined to comment, but later fumed, “I think anyone who is truly a friend of Brooke’s would not be spending their time talking anonymously and behind her back to the media. I seriously question the validity of any comments made by these people alleging to be friends with Brooke.”

According to Radar Online, ex-husband and baby daddy Charlie Sheen paid Brooke’s $11,000 bail since her parents, upset about the arrest, “actually wanted to leave her in jail.”

The source added, “Brooke’s family is done with her; she has to get straight or she is going to die.”

So … maybe whoever’s talking about her needing help is indeed truly a friend?

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