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Usher and his fiancée, Tameka Foster, canceled their wedding just two hours before the big event, In Touch can reveal. Usher, 28, and Tameka, 37, were due to walk down the aisle at 3 p.m. Saturday, on the sprawling grounds of music mogul LA Reid’s Southampton, N.Y., estate (above), but wedding guests including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Janet Jackson and her boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, were informed at 1 p.m. that the nuptials were off.
Contrary to reports, Usher’s mom, Jonetta Patton, who he fired as his manager in May, was invited to the lavish event. "Usher's mom was definitely going to be there, which I think was key to the cancellation,” a wedding guest reveals. “A lot of family members were against the marriage. I was too.” Seventy to 100 guests were expected at the wedding.
“Guests had already started to arrive,” an insider says. “Janet Jackson was already en route, but her plane never made it to the Hamptons…the plane [was] literally turned around.”
Even talent and integral participants in the wedding were kept in the dark about the bewildering call-off. DJ D-Nice was scheduled to spin during the later hours of the celebration, only to receive notice in the evening that he need not come. "I was on my way when I got an e-mail and then a call. I was shocked and I still have no idea what happened,” he tells In Touch.
It was to be the first marriage for Usher (full name: Usher Raymond). Tameka, a stylist, was previously married to Noontime Music co-founder Ryan Glover, with whom she has three children.
The couple, who started dating 18 months ago, got engaged in February and are expecting their first child together in the fall.
Usher's publicist Patti Webster issued a statement on Saturday saying: "It was announced today that the wedding ceremony for Usher Raymond IV and Tameka Foster was canceled. No additional information will be given regarding the circumstances of the cancellation, but we hope the privacy of this matter will be respected.”
It is not known whether the pair has called it quits for good.