Country star Jason Aldean made headlines a year ago when photos surfaced of him canoodling with former “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr (above, left) at a bar — while he was married to Jessica Ussery (above with Aldean), his wife since 2001 and mother to his two daughters.
On Robin Roberts‘ ABC special “In the Spotlight,” Aldean addresses the scandal and his subsequent divorce — kind of.
“Well, I mean it’s one of those things where you go out and you’re just hanging out and — I think the biggest thing is obviously there were things going on in my marriage at the time where I just wasn’t really happy and you go out and let your guard down a little bit. It’s hard enough to deal with in private,” says Aldean of the incident.
When Roberts says point-blank that a lot of people were wondering if he did cheat on his wife, Aldean says, “Well, I mean, you know, everybody’s gonna have an opinion. I think probably the best thing that could’ve happened that night was [the paparazzi] also took the pictures of me gettin’ in a cab with my buddies, so it is what it is.”
“I’m really happy right now. … No matter what happens, I can always get on stage and play and it all goes away,” says Aldean. He and Ussery separated in April of this year.