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'Tough time': Jason Aldean and wife Jessica divorce

  • Aldean: 'This is a really tough time for my entire family'
  • The final step in their split comes after reports surfaced the two had separated
  • Last fall, Aldean was pictured kissing 'American Idol' contestant Brittany Kerr
'Tough time': Jason Aldean and wife Jessica divorce

Country star Jason Aldean Salutes the Troops

Country star Jason Aldean Salutes the Troops

On Monday, country singer Jason Aldean announced his marriage to his high school sweetheart, Jessica, had come to an end. 

"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. 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 said in a statement to HLN.

"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," added Aldean. "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 made headlines last fall when he was pictured kissing former "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr. At the time, Aldean apologized for the incident saying, “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."

Read More: Kerr apologizes for 'lapse' in Aldean controversy

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