FROM Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” tales about wayward lovers are as central to country music as fiddles and steel guitars.
But the stories of unfaithful partners aren’t always fiction – and there are enough REAL cheatin’ hearts in Nashville to light up the country music charts for years to come!
As The ENQUIRER reported, the latest scandal led to the collapse of Jason Aldean’s marriage to wife Jessica Ussery after he was caught kissing former “American Idol” star Brittany Kerr. The “Big Green Tractor” singer filed for divorce on April 26.
Here’s a look at some of the other cheating scandals that have rocked Music City.
In 1993, when Garth was at the height of his career, he admitted in an interview with Barbara Walters that he’d cheated multiple times on his then-wife Sandy Mahl.
Although they claimed to have worked through the issue and remained together for eight more years, one rumor continued to pop up – that Garth was having an affair with also-married country star Trisha Yearwood.
And the talk only intensified with the release of their 1997 duet “In Another’s Eyes,” a song about a man and woman who secretly fall in love while committed to other people.
Garth filed for divorce from Sandy in 2000 and started openly dating his “friend” Trisha in 2002 – less than six months after his divorce was finalized.
They married in December 2005 and continue to insist their romance began only after both were single.
Willie’s womanizing nearly got him killed! When his second wife, Shirley Collie, found out he was expecting a baby with Connie Koepke – who was destined to become Wife No. 3 – she tried to commit suicide. But when her attempt failed, she cornered her cheating husband with a gun and threatened to blow him away!
Fans couldn’t believe it when “Pretty Woman” Julia Roberts married Lyle Lovett – and they were even more shocked when HE cheated on HER!J ust six months after their 1993 nuptials, he was spotted holding hands with old flame Ashley Judd in Nashville. Then his marriage completely soured when he began a secret fling with country singer cutie Kelly Willis – a romance that was revealed when The ENQUIRER published photos of the lovebirds leaving an Austin, Texas, hotel.
Lyle and Julia split in March 1995.
Country legend Randy Travis’ 19-year marriage to Libby Hatcher ended after she caught him cheating with his dentist’s wife.
Super-sleuth Libby, who was Randy’s manager for 30 years and wife for nearly 20, planted a spy camera on his tour bus – and got proof that he was engaging in steamy sexual romps with 51-year-old mom of two Mary Beougher. “The whole thing sounds like a bad country song,” a close family friend told The ENQUIRER. “Randy owed his entire career to Lib. She was heartbroken.”The couple divorced in 2010.
Talk about a true-life country song! In 2008, Shania Twain was heartbroken after learning that her husband, Mutt Lange, was having an affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. Although Shania was devastated by the betrayal and subsequent divorce, it all worked out in the end. She fell in love with Marie-Anne’s husband, Frederic, and married him in Puerto Rico in 2011.