Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker deliberately “decouples” from Ms. Beth Leonard after 20 years
The three-time Grammy winner separates from Ms. Beth Leonard after 20 years of marriage.
The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman announced the amicable split on Saturday in a statement posted on Instagram, along with a photo of himself and Leonard at the 2017 CMA Awards.
Amicable separation: Darius Rucker announced his amicable separation from Ms. Beth Leonard after 20 years on Saturday in a statement published on Instagram along with a photo of herself and Leonard at the 2017 CMA Awards
The 54-year-old took a page from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book and wrote: “Beth and I would like to say that after a lot of thought, we made the decision to consciously decouple ourselves.”
He assured that their three children will remain their priority during the amicable separation, as they are parents together as friends.
Rucker continued: “We remain close friends and upbringing partners and continue to be each other’s greatest cheerleaders. Our beautiful family will always be our priority.
‘We have so much love for each other in our hearts and will continue to promote growth and expansion within one another. Please be kind when we start this trip and we always thank you for your love and support. – Darius & Beth Rucker ‘
Co-parenting: He assured that their three children will remain their priority during the amicable separation, as they are co-parents as friends (picture in April 2017).
Still friends: Rucker continued: “We remain close friends and upbringing partners and continue to be each other’s greatest cheerleaders. Our beautiful family will always be our priority ”(picture in June 2017)
He and Leonard joined forces in December 2000 and share 19-year-old daughter Daniella and 15-year-old son Jack, while Rucker also shares 24-year-old daughter Caroline with ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Phillips.
Rucker said to The Boot in 2010: “I was trying to get her to go out with me and she wouldn’t. I was in New York and it was one of those rare free nights.
“I had nothing to do – we always had something to do when we were in New York! We had the night off and I was in my hotel room. She called me and said, “Hey, do you want to see this piece?” I said, “Sure!”
He continued: “She went up the stairs [to her apartment]and I said, “Well, you know I’m going to marry you, right?”
‘She just laughed. Your roommate or boyfriend was up there in her apartment and I shouted, “Whoever is up there in Beth Leonard’s apartment can just go because I just want you to know that I’m going to marry her!”
Proud parents: Rucker and Leonard made a covenant in December 2000 and share the 19-year-old daughter Daniella and the 15-year-old son Jack