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Tameka Raymond’s best friend of 20 years Nyeisha DeWitt, is speaking out about the Usher/Tameka divorce. Nyeisha recently sat down with Essence magazine and basically said the divorce proceedings was a surprise to Tameka, she hates the way the media is protraying her girl and just wanted to clear up some rumors.

Here’s what she had to say:

NYEISHA: Let me first say that I hope Tameka and Usher can salvage things as a couple. I’ve known Tameka since I was in middle school and she was in high school, and we’ve been friends since. It’s not that I have to defend her or speak on her behalf as if she’s done something wrong, but I simply want people to know everything they read about her isn’t true. It hurts me to read the lies that people write and say about her.

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ESSENCE.COM: Is it true she first learned that Usher filed for divorce after reading about it?

DEWITT: She didn’t know that he was going to file. Of course, she knew that there were challenges in their relationship and had been some discord since March and was aware there were some things that needed to be worked through. But did she know that divorce was imminent? No. It was a total surprise.

ESSENCE.COM: Was Tameka also caught off guard by the images of Usher and Def Jam’s Grace Miguel?

DEWITT: I don’t know what it is or isn’t. What I admire about Tameka is that, despite all the gossip, she isn’t bitter or hardened by it. I don’t know how she does it especially with children [from a previous relationship] old enough to read the lies that are written. It’s like having to keep your hands at your side while someone repeatedly punches you in your face.

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Here’s some pics of the couple in happier times:

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