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Country Star Zac Brown Splits From Wife Of 12 Years

Country Star Zac Brown Splits From Wife
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Oct. 6 2018, Updated 9:55 p.m. ET

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Country singer Zac Brown and his wife Shelly have announced they are ending their marriage after 12 years and five kids!

The two told PEOPLE in a joint statement, "We feel blessed to be on such an incredible journey in life and sometimes the journey begins to lead in different directions. It is with deep love and respect that we announce we are separating as a couple."

"We have led a whirlwind life together growing into a beautiful family with five amazing children and while life will be rearranging a bit, our love and commitment to our family will always be there," the statement continued. "This was a difficult decision, but we've done plenty of tough things together and this is our next venture — love, mutual respect, and care for each other are what we are moving forward with."

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Thus Brown, known for his hit "Chicken Fried" with his Zac Brown Band, admitted his marriage was cooked.

He wed Shelly in 2006 and they have daughters Joni, 7, Georgia, 8, Lucy, 10, Justice, 11, and son, Alexander, 4.

They got married after Shelly had just finished college.

"A friend of his introduced us....I was really young," she said.

Brown endured controversy two years ago when he was a bystander in an early morning drug bust, as reported at the time.


Police in Palm Beach, Florida, were called to the Four Seasons Hotel at 2:37 a.m. on April 8, 2016, after hotel employees reported suspicious activity.

Brown was found inside a room with men and women, the police report said, who were ready to party. The singer wasn't arrested.

Brown released a statement denying any involvement with the cocaine seized or the two prostitutes that were carrying it.

"My dad always said nothing good ever happens when you stay out late. It's a lesson I learned the hard way…being in the wrong place at the wrong time," he explained. "I attended a private gathering at a Miami-area hotel and had only been there for a short time when police officers arrived and arrested two people in the room who had just showed up a few minutes before."

The singer insists that he had no idea what he was getting into that night at the Palm Beach Four Seasons. "I did not know these people and had no idea that there were drugs in their possession. I cooperated fully with the authorities and am not part of any ongoing police investigation."

But now, he's hit the headlines again as he's getting a divorce.

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