Darius Rucker and his wife Beth Leonard have made the decision to separate after 20 years of marriage.
The country singer and Leonard shared a joint statement to Rucker’s Instagram on Saturday announcing that they have decided to “consciously uncouple.”
“Beth and I would like to share that after much reflection we have made the decision to consciously uncouple,” the statement begins. “We remain close friends and parenting partners and continue to be each other’s biggest cheerleaders.”
“Our priority will always be our beautiful family. We have so much love in our hearts for each other and will continue to encourage growth and expansion in one other. Please be kind as we take on this journey, and we thank you for your love and support always. — Darius & Beth Rucker,” the statement concludes.
The couple met in 1998 when Leonard was working for VH1 and Rucker was touring with Hootie & the Blowfish. The couple got married two years later in 2000. They are now parents to 19-year-old daughter Daniella and 15-year-old son Jack. Rucker is also father to 25-year-old daughter Carolyn, whom he shares with ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Ann Phillips.
Darius and Beth are just one of many Hollywood couples who have split amid the current global health crisis. Some other Hollywood splits include Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock, Kasey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich, Carly Pearce and Michael Ray, among others.