R&B veteran Usher is still mourning the loss of his stepson, who passed away in 2011.
Taking to social media on Wednesday, the multi-Grammy winner remembered Kile on what would have been his 16th birthday by writing a heartfelt and tear-jerking message.
“Though you’re gone you still live in my mind. The only thing we ran out of is time,” Usher writes. “Since you left I ain’t been quite the same. I wonder if you miss me, do I make you proud. Know you’re watching me, I feel your spirit. I keep you right by my side. #Stronger Happy 16th Birthday, Kile$. We miss you.”
Kile is the son of Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Foster, who also took to her social media to tribute her son.
“Someone I love was born today,” She wrote. “As mothers we are merely vessels… Incredibly special because we are chosen by Jehovah God to carry these wonderful little humans. I’m grateful for each boy that God appointed (anointed:) me to carry. Kile was the most creative, genius, song bird, both funny and handsome… I’m so grateful for my time with him.”
“I can smile today because I never missed a beat as his Mother. He knew DAILY that I loved him SOOOO much. Be affectionate, listen to and love on your ‘heartbeats’ every chance you get. I take comfort in the fact that he knew that he was my Heartbeat. I verbally told and showed him. Can’t wait to reunite.”
Kile was left brain-dead from injuries sustained when an inner tube he was riding was hit by a jet ski. He was just 11 years old when he died in July (2012).
Usher’s family friend Jeffrey Hubbard was found guilty of homicide by vessel in 2014, as well as injury by vessel and unlawful operation of a personal watercraft. He was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by 15 years of probation.