After 12 years of marriage, Jason Aldean and Jessica Ussery are calling it quits, People reports.
Citing irreconcilable differences, the country star filed for divorce in Williamson County, Tenn., court on Friday, according to papers obtained by People.
"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," Aldean exclusively told People in a statement. "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 number one priority."
One day prior to filing the papers, Aldean's rep confirmed that Aldean, 36, and wife Jessica - who are parents to daughters Keeley, 10, and Kendyl, 5 - were having problems.
In his statement on Monday, Aldean also asked for privacy. "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," he continued. "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."
The divorce comes after Aldean was photographed being affectionate with season 11 "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr last fall. Although Aldean issued a public apology, the setback affected the couple.
While Aldean said in December that "All that other stuff is kind of in the past and we're just looking to have a great year in 2013," he walked the red carpet alone at the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this month.
The Beastie Boys want it all on the record.
The iconic hip-hop group has a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House Inc., for an illustrated oral history, the Associated Press reports.
The currently untitled book is scheduled for fall 2015. Spiegel & Grau says the book will track the band's rise from its high school years in New York City to its induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The publisher says "world-famous writers and cultural figures" will be interviewed for the project.
The book will be organized by surviving band members Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) with the help of hip-hop writer and editor Sacha Jenkins. Adam Yauch (MCA) died last year.
Hollywood is showing its support for NBA player Jason Collins after he came out as a gay man on the cover of Sports Illustrated Monday, E! News reports.
The first active professional athlete from a major North American sport said in the article, "I'm black and I'm gay."
Celebrities have taken to Twitter to stand by Collins and commend him on his bravery.
Kathy Griffin: Hey @JasonCollins34 Inspired by your courage and leadership.
Katy Perry: Same! RT @diablocody Congrats, Jason Collins, and thank you!
Rosie O'Donnell: Thank you Jason Collins - for being the first one - knocking down doors!!!
Neil Patrick Harris: Bravo, @JasonCollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that's saying a lot.
Dwayne Johnson: Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal
Busy Phillips: I'm so impressed with @JasonCollins34 eloquence & bravery. I hope this inspires others who may be struggling.
Kobe Bryant: Proud of @JasonCollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU
Steve Nash: The time has come. Maximum respect.
Bill Clinton: I'm proud to call Jason Collins a friend.
Collins' most recent team, the Washington Wizards, also released an official statement via Twitter saluting the player.
"We are extremely proud of Jason & support his decision to live his life proudly and openly."
Hundreds of personal items, including antiques, artwork and furniture once owned by Bob Hope and his wife, Dolores, will be auctioned to benefit a Southern California charity, the AP reports.
The Daily News of Los Angeles reports proceeds from the sale Saturday will help the family service center at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood, where Dolores Hope was a member for 70 years.
The couple's daughter, Linda Hope, says memorabilia from Bob Hope's long show business career will also be up for sale.
Prices will range from $10 to several hundred dollars an item.
An auction of additional property from the couple's Toluca Lake estate will be announced by Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills later this year.
Dolores Hope died in 2011. Bob Hope died in 2003.
The off-Broadway show "Giant" and the quickly shuttered Broadway musical "Hands on a Hardbody" lead the Drama Desk nomination race this season, with the British import "Matilda," the audience-friendly "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and a revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Passion" close behind, the AP reports.
"Giant," based on the 1952 Edna Ferber novel of the same name, made its off-Broadway premiere at the Public Theater this winter. "Hands on a Hardbody" is a show with songs co-written by Phish founder Trey Anastasio based on a documentary film. Both earned nine nominations Monday. "Matilda," "Passion" and "Drood" each captured seven.
Shows with six nominations are "A Christmas Story: The Musical," "Chaplin: The Musical," "Pippin" and "The Other Josh Cohen."
The Drama Desk, an organization of theater journalists and critics, honors both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
The awards will be presented May 19 at The Town Hall in New York City.