Tameka Foster Raymond, ex-wife of Hip-hop artist Usher Raymond, listens during testimony by Usher Raymond in court for a custody fight involving their two sons Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Atlanta. Usher Raymond testified in court on Tuesday that Tameka Foster Raymond spit at and tried to fight his girlfriend during one nasty visit. He said his ex-wife hit him during the dispute, but that he didn't press charges because "I didn't want the boys to know that their father put their mother in jail." The two were married in 2007 and divorced two years later. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster "begged him to withdraw the petition" for custody of their two children.

The mother of his two sons - Usher Raymond V, four, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, three - insisted that she did not initiate the current court battle that the pair are involved in.

She told TheGrio.com: "I did not start this. I did not file this. Usher did. I begged him to withdraw the petition, but he didn't listen. The media jumped on my answer to his petition for custody as if I initiated it, and I did not.

"Why would I try to keep his children away from him? We have joint custody and I want to continue to have their father around to help out. Raising children is a lot of work."

She also hit back at rumours that the pair are enemies, explaining that they do not hate each other.

Tameka answered: "We're not. But people still find a way to make it more salacious than it has to be. I don't know how he deals with it, but I refuse to let the media manipulate what should be a personal situation and turn me into the villain." - Bang Showbiz