London, June 7 : His father's troubled experiences with drugs has made sure that R andB singer Usher steers away from that kind of lifestyle.
In an exclusive interview, The 'Love In This Club' singer revealed that seeing his dad addicted to cocaine meant he was never in danger of following the likes of Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty.
Right in the middle of recording the new album, Usher's father Usher Raymond III died from liver failure in January following a long battle with cocaine addiction.
"My dad got into drugs at a very young age. Alcohol and substance abuse led to his death. He had many problems and never addressed it. Unfortunately it went on too long and took his life," the Mirror quoted him, as saying.
"I didn't choose not to get into hard drugs - I was just too fearful what drugs might do to me. I worried that maybe there was a chemical imbalance that may trigger something, so I couldn't do it.
"My father became a failure to substance abuse and I didn't empathise with him, I didn't have sympathy because I thought it was a cop-out," he added.