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Tameka Foster, the ex-wife of R&B star Usher, has lost the latest round in the former couple’s ongoing custody battle over their two young sons. After a lengthy battle in court that included emotional testimony from Usher, the singer won primary custody of Usher Raymond V, 4, and Naviyd, 3 by a judge. During the trial, Foster accused Usher of using drugs and said that he could not be fully committed to raising them because of his career. Usher’s lawyers claimed that Foster would not be a “proper patent” and “does not have the emotional stability to or capacity to bond with them, and therefore she is handicapped.” Days later, Foster vowed to appeal. Sources for TMZ said at the time that she believed the judge was biased towards Usher since his lawyers contributed to the judge’s reelection campaign. She also could not understand why he won despite his constant touring schedule. She eventually filed her appeal earlier this month, but TMZ is now reporting that she lost the appeal for a retrial. The judge told Foster that she should have been able to find out about Usher’s lawyers’ donations before the trial began. The news comes just as Usher is set to appear in Oprah’s Next Chapter to talk about the custody battle with Oprah Winfrey. “I really felt like we were friends. She made us enemies in a way that I could never understand,” he said of Foster. “This will be the only time that I've ever chosen to speak about it...I've been a man of integrity throughout the entire process, which I hope my boys will understand. That's the way to go. That's the way to be.” Usher and Foster divorced in 2009. She is currently dealing with the loss of her 11-year-old son, Kyle Glover, who died this summer following a ski accident.