"I have chosen to take the reins of my career," he said. "We have a different view and mind-set. I'm doing it and I'm handling it and very, very happy with it."
Usher made the announcement four months after proposing to hisnow ex-wife Tameka Foster, contributing to speculation that there was frictionbetween Patton and Foster.
Usher now confirms that his mother did have an issue withFoster. "The relationship between me and Tameka, uh, definitely bothered mymother," he said. "She never chooses to speak about it, but, I think that shejust didn't approve of it because she didn't want to."
On Behind The Music,Patton briefly comments on her son's controversial business decision.
"I've been with him holding his hand since the age of 13," shesaid. "So he kind of wanted to step out and do his own thing as a man and Iapplaud him for that."
In August 2008, Usher rehired Patton to represent him.
While Usher and his mother have remained close, he was estranged from his father, who died in 2008.
"He was into drugs," Patton said. "He was into having agreat time and that was it."
In the special, Usher also addresses his most famous relationship with TLC member Chili, a courtship that ended after Usher cheated.
Chili said the indiscretion was difficult to handle. "I feltlike a fool," she said.
After Usher and Chili's breakup, Usher released hissuccessful Confessions album that wasfueled by admissions of infidelity. Chili was bothered by all of the attentionsurrounding the album's theme.
"I hated that album," she said. "You know, because I just, Ihated what it stood for. I hated that it was blowing up because people werethinking that 'Oh my God, this is all about their relationship,' it was justtoo much. It was a lot for, it was too much for me to handle."
- Tameka Foster