Trace Adkins' Wife of 17 Years Files For Divorce From Troubled Country Singer

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Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 01:34 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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The wife of country star Trace Adkins filed for divorce in Tennessee this week, seeking an end to the couple's 17-year marriage because of "irreconcilable differences."

Rhonda Adkins is seeking primary residential custody of the couple's three daughters as well as financial support, The Tennessean reported. She is also asking for alimony and child support for their children, ages 9, 12, and 16.

Trace Adkins, 52, has had his share of problems with alcoholism. People magazine reported in January that Adkins checked himself into a rehab clinic after he got into a fight on a cruise ship with an impersonator singing karaoke on the country music-themed getaway.

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"Trace has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism," an Adkins representative told People at the time. "As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family's privacy will be respected."

The Tennessean said Adkins left rehab Jan. 28 to be with his ailing father, Aaron Adkins, who died several days later. He returned to complete the program after his father's death, his publicist, told the newspaper.

Rhonda Adkins and the kids reportedly staged a family intervention in 2001 that got the singer into a 28-day rehab facility.

"I was getting to the point where I was poisoning myelf," Adkins said in a 2009 profile on the Great American Country show "Backstory."

"I wish for anybody out there to never have to go through one of those intervention things where you sit down there and people start telling you what you're doing to them," he continued. "You're so weak that it's come to this. Man, I hated myself at that moment."

Adkins reportedly made a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., two weeks ago and performed "Kiss You All Over" with Exile.

The Grammy nominated singer won "Celebrity Apprentice" in May 2013, beating out magician Penn Jillette in the finale and winning more than $564,000 for the American Red Cross.

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