Usher and Keke Palmer are fueling the fire caused by their viral Las Vegas dance in a new music video for Usher’s “Boyfriend.”
After videos of the pair dancing to Usher’s “There Goes My Baby” during one of his Las Vegas concerts became a hot topic online, Palmer’s partner, Darius Jackson, publicly criticized her for wearing a revealing outfit to the concert and dancing with the R&B singer.
“It’s the outfit tho.. you a mom,” he wrote about Palmer, with whom he shares a baby boy.
Palmer officially issued her response in the form of a music video that premiered on Wednesday on Usher’s official YouTube account. In the video, Palmer is prepping for her girl’s night out in a Las Vegas casino. Dressed to impress, Palmer sings along to Usher’s 2001 classic “U Remind Me” in the elevator down to the lobby where she locks eyes with the singer for a brief second. Palmer then fully embodies Usher’s swagger, sporting the same exact outfit as him, and dances across the casino floor as the pair take turns showing off their choreography skills.
“Somebody said that your boyfriend’s lookin’ for me,” Usher sings in “Boyfriend.” “Well, he should know I’m pretty easy to find / Just look for me wherever he sees you.”
Before the video comes to a close, Palmer wakes up in her hotel room and realizes it was all a dream and that she actually missed out on the whole night. “I’m so tired,” she says before addressing the camera with a wink and adding: “I am a mother, after all.”
In a social media post promoting the video, Palmer wrote: “Usher! I remember when I was 12 and auditioned for ‘In The Mix’ You have been killing it all my life. As a true lover of the arts, your talent and craftsmanship are a rare combination that I aspire to achieve as a performer. You are a living legend who is worthy of awe! Thank you for encouraging me and seeing me as the entertainer I am.”
She added: “I know I’m a gUrL but when I watched your videos, I never wanted to be the girl in them, I wanted to be YOU. Thank you for making a dream come true.”
This is the first time Palmer has outwardly addressed the drama but after the incident occurred, she gave a word of wisdom to new moms in an interview with the Cut.
“Do you, new moms. Do you,” Palmer told the publication. “Girl, if there’s one person on this earth that loves you for sure, it’s that baby. Be happy, because there’s no love like it. Somebody loving you like that, hell, who cares?”
Watch the video below.
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