A couple may decide to record themselves having sex for a number of reasons. Maybe they find the thought of being on camera thrilling. Maybe they’re just curious what they look like during the act. Or maybe they really want to critique one another’s moves. Regardless of their motivation, it’s safe to say that when a couple makes a sex tape, the majority of them would be absolutely mortified if it were to fall into the wrong hands. When a celebrity is involved, however, there are plenty of cases where the exact opposite is true.
All too often “leaked” celebrity sex tapes are exposed as nothing more than intentional ploys to grab headlines. Celebrities like your Kim Kardashians and your Paris Hiltons claim to be “so humiliated” when their tapes are released, yet they lap up all of the attention gained from it. And then there’s the really ballsy pseudo-celebs like Mimi Faust and Farrah Abraham who, even after their tapes are sold and released legitimately, continue to insist that they were “leaks.” Abraham held out particularly long trying to make it seem as though her professionally made porno was a leak. Even now the cover of her tape, Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom, is referred to as “The private tape made public,” per Adam and Eve.
Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, on the other hand remain among the seemingly small group of celebs with a sex tape floating around who really, really don’t want you to see it.
According to BET, the tape was stolen when the artist’s car was burglarized while in Atlanta in 2010. The thieves made off with $1 million in jewelry, two laptops, and two video cameras‚Äîone of which contained the explicit footage of Usher and Foster.
Soon afterwards the thieves attempted to sell the tape. However, in knowing it was stolen property, legitimate outlets wouldn’t touch it. Now, more than three years later, the tape has reportedly hit the market again, this time targeting smaller sources such as blogs. Although, to the relief of Usher and Foster, small and large sources alike are still steering clear, well aware of the legal shit storm that would rain on them if they attempted to post the footage.
Now, the reason the two don’t want you to see the video isn’t because they’re into some weird fetish or because they think it will ruin their image. Instead, their reasoning for keeping the tape under wraps is far more simple: it’s private.
Foster has even tried to deny the tape’s existence, a common approach that some celebs take when they don’t want the video to come to light. A recent article from Madame Menoire quoted her saying, “I know I have never made a sex tape, especially not for distribution.” What Foster said following the statement, however, had some questioning the sincerity of her claim.
“You get married so you can do whatever it is you want. My ex-husband and I definitely made our children the old-fashioned way; they are not products of the immaculate conception. That was my husband. We had a lot of fun.”
In addition, the very same article disputed Foster’s claims by reporting that Mark Geragos, the attorney representing Usher on the matter, is aggressively trying find the person attempting to cash in on the tape. Usher has yet to make a statement.
So, is there a sex tape? While it can’t be confirmed, it certainly sounds like it. But, is the former couple trying to use it to gain attention or fame? Absolutely not.
It seems odd to say, and maybe I’m alone on this, but Usher and Foster’s reaction to the tape resurfacing has actually been kind of refreshing. While I never thought I’d use the word “refreshing” when talking about a sex tape, it’s nice to see some celebs who aren’t doing everything they can to stay in the limelight. If put in a similar position, most couples would likely react the same way if their private and deeply personal property was at risk of being exposed to the masses.
Dare I say it, the whole situation has almost made the two celebs seem like normal human beings.