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Jason Aldean files for divorce

Posted by Rachel Raczka  April 30, 2013 09:34 AM

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Country star Jason Aldean filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years, Jessica Ussery, Friday afternoon.

The "1994" singer released an official statement Monday, saying:

"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. 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 #1 priority."

Aldean and Ussery wed in 2001 and have two daughters, Keeley, 10, and Kendyl, 5, for who the singer added, "for my girls’ sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them."

The 36-year-old previously came under fire when photos of him kissing former "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr surfaced last fall. Aldean issued an apology following the leak, stating:

"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."

Aldean walked the red carpet with Ussery at the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards shortly after the scandal, but sadly it seems as though the couple's days were numbered. The "My Kinda Party" singer cited "irreconcilable differences" as reason for the filing.

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