Country star Jason Aldean is splitting from his wife of 12 years, Jessica Ussery.
People magazine reported the couple is citing irreconcilable differences after filing for divorce in Williamson County, Tenn., court on April 26.
"This is a really tough time for my entire family. Jessica and I have been together since we were teenagers. We've been through a lot of ups and downs over the years as we grew up together as a couple," Aldean told People in a statement. "She will always be important to me because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both always make our daughters our number one priority."
A day before the papers were filed, Aldean’s rep confirmed their marriage was rocky.
"I can confirm that Jason and his wife are having problems, but there is nothing more to share with the press at this time," his rep told the celebrity site at the time. "It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
After sharing the news about his divorce, the singer asked for privacy:
"I've learned that everyone always rushes to judgment when they hear news like this. That's really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us," he continued. "I understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in the public eye, but for my girls' sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them."
Aldean, 36, and his estranged wife share two children together: Keeley, 10, and Kendyl, 5.
The singer was caught getting cozy with “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr last fall.
He took to his Twitter to address the inappropriate flirtation with the “Idol” singer in October:
"Hey Guys -- I wanted to talk to you directly, so you were hearing the truth from me and not just reading allegations about my personal life on gossip web sites," he wrote. "The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story. I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself," he wrote. "I'm not perfect, and I'm sorry for disappointing you guys," he continued. "I really appreciate being able to work through this privately with my family and for all your continued support."
Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news for the International Business Times....