After admitting to "having problems" in his marriage this past week
, country singer Jason Aldean has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 12 years, Jessica Ussery.
This past summer, the Dirt Road Anthem
singer was caught canoodling with American Idol
alum Brittany Kerr, leading many to speculate that his marriage was on the rocks. According to Us Weekly
, the couple, who met in high school, filed divorce papers in Tennessee on Friday, April 26, citing "irreconcilable differences."
"This is a really tough time for my entire family," Aldean said of the split. "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 No. 1 priority."
The 36-year-old father-of-two added, "I've learned that everyone always rushes to judgement when they hear news like this. That's really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us. 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."
Last week Aldean’s rep spoke with People in reaction to reports that the couple had already sought out divorce, saying, "I can confirm that Jason and his wife are having problems, but there is nothing more to share with the press at this time. It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
In November 2012, following news of the scandal, Aldean was hopeful of reconciling with his wife, making a joint appearance with Ussery on CBS This Morning and saying they would do whatever it took to make their marriage work. The estranged couple have two daughters, Keeley, 10, and Kendyl, 5.