Darius Rucker and Wife Beth Split After Nearly 20 Years of Marriage

Darius Rucker and his wife Beth are getting a divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage. The singer made the…

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Lauren Jo Black

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July 11, 2020

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Darius Rucker and wife Beth Leonard; Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Darius Rucker and his wife Beth are getting a divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage.

The singer made the announcement via social media on Saturday (July 11) in a statement to his fans.

“Beth and I would like to share that after much reflection we have made the decision to consciously uncouple,” he wrote. “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 and Beth met in 1998 while she was working at VH1 in New York. Darius tried to convince Beth to date him for several months and she finally said yes.

“I don’t know what it was about her. I mean, it was everything about her,” Rucker previously shared of his bride. “I told her I was going to marry her on our first date.”

The couple wed on December 9, 2000. They have two children together, Daniella (born in 2001) and Jack (born in 2005).

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.