Usher opens up about his sons daily struggle and is using his celebrity status as a platform to advocate for a cure for his disease.

Usher’s 7-year-old son Usher V (aka “Cinco”) was diagnosed last year with type 1 diabetes.

Usher spoke exclusively to People telling them how much his son inspires him. “A child that every day has to prick himself and has to be cautious of what he eats and also to carry this disorder around — that really is the type of bravery that we all aspire to have.”

“There’s been some difficult moments,” he says, but “having dealt with it on a daily basis, I have a great deal of understanding of what people have to deal with. It’s personal.”

“I want to be supportive not only as someone who’s vying for a cure, but also as a father who has a child who’s experienced a lot of highs and lows,” he explains.

Usher V is certainly lucky to have such a supportive dad behind him determined to fight the cause. It is great to see he is not afraid to use his status to help.

Do you or someone you know suffer with diabetes? Share your story below.

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  • A friend of mine has diabetes.


  • I couldn’t imagine having to deal with that when I was 7 years old. I guess when you have no choice its different though. Good on Usher for bringing awareness to this cause.


  • It’s very sad when anyone has to deal with on going medical issues, let alone a young person. Good luck to Ushers son


  • I’m glad he’s using his fame to bring awareness to this awful condition.


  • We never have to look far for inspiration do we.


  • Yep, friends of ours have little girl born with type one diabetes. One day we called and she was eating high fat food, I was a tad shocked, til they explained it was necessary in her diet. She also had to eat several snacks a day


  • oh I hadn’t heard about this :( what beautiful words from Usher, and yes totally agree how inspiring and brave children with illness are – much stronger that I think I would be


  • Good on him for talking publicly and helping to educate. I think its wonderful when celebs do things like this as its so positive.


  • Again, high profile people sharing their stories gives others hope and inspiration. A lovely story.


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  • I have a friend that suffers from diabetes, and I still can not fully imagine how difficult it can be!
    It is certainly amazing how many stars and celebrities are finally speaking up about things that should be brought up and supported. Good on you Usher!! Your son is certainly lucky to have such an amazing dad!!


  • Such a tough change for a little one. No I don’t know anyone personally


  • My uncle is a type 1 diabetes since he was young and we see the highs and lows all the time; it is a very difficult disease to deal with.


  • Adults can cope with this insidious disease because they are old enough to reason and understand. But a child just has to have blind faith!
    It is wonderful that the parent has such faith in his son.
    Good on you, Usher.


  • I Usher I’m not a child I’m 66 years of age and I a diabetic myself and have 2 take 2 different kinds of needles but I’m coping with it evedry day
    Darlene Horsman


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