When Usher released the song “My Boo” featuring Alicia Keys, it went to the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and stayed there for six weeks. It also won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, and the official video has over 178 million views — plus enough chemistry between the two to have set off dating rumors when it was released. While their 2024 Super Bowl halftime show was hot enough for those rumors to roar back to life, the romance only goes as far as deep friendship.
Body language expert Jess Ponce III shared his observations of the performance with The List. “Their undeniable connection was on full display for the audience, with gestures and bodies moving in perfect unison as they passionately performed their duet,” he noted, along with their still-obvious chemistry. “However, a closer look at their faces revealed the genuine joy of two dear friends enjoying a fantastic time together.” Keys has been married to Swizz Beatz since 2010, and its been reported Usher and his long-term girlfriend Jenn picked up a marriage license the Thursday before the Super Bowl.
Still, Ponce expressed how the connection between the singers is something to be admired. “It’s heartwarming to witness such a compelling and complementary connection between two individuals,” he stated. “As Usher embraced Alicia, her eyes spoke volumes, conveying that she was truly having the time of her life with a dear friend.”