As it turns out, yeah, sort of. The “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” singer has revealed that he was once responsible for Queen Bey’s care when they were children.
“Fun fact: I knew Beyoncé when she was 12, 11 years old,” Usher said in an interview with the British radio show. Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp Friday. “She used to be in a group named The Dolls. I don’t know if I could consider myself their babysitter, but I actually had times where I had to watch the Dolls.”
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Usher explained that he ended up watching them one day while at record producer and songwriter Daryl Simmons’ house. “(Simmons) was working with (The Dummies) at the time, and I happened to be there and they were working on a session,” he said. “I found my way to being, like, I don’t know, a chaperone, a nanny, or something, because I was the oldest person in the room.”
In the years since, Usher and Beyoncé have carved out their own highly successful paths, with both stars earning multiple Grammy, Billboard, and MTV Video Music awards. In 2008, Beyoncé appeared alongside rapper Lil Wayne on Usher’s single “Love in This Club, Part Two”.
They are also business partners. Usher and Beyoncé are both stakeholders in the music streaming service Tidal, which Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Zpurchased in 2015.
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