Jay Barker’s Arrest Affidavit Reveals Separation From Sara Evans

Sara Evans and her husband, Jay Barker, are reportedly separated and no longer living together.  Following the news of Barker’s…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 15, 2022


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Sara Evans, Jay Barker; Photo via Facebook, Sara Evans

Sara Evans and her husband, Jay Barker, are reportedly separated and no longer living together. 

Following the news of Barker’s arrest on Saturday (Jan. 15), the affidavit, obtained by ABC33/40, states that while the couple is still legally married, they have been separated and are currently living in different homes.

The couple’s separation may come as a shock to fans as Evans and Barker never publicly hinted that they were experiencing relationship troubles. 

Sara Evans, Jay Barker; Photo via Facebook, Sara Evans
Sara Evans, Jay Barker; Photo via Facebook, Sara Evans

It appears Evans hasn’t shared any photos or videos with Barker on Instagram since March 29, 2021, when he appeared for an episode of Evan’s Closet Chaos series. 

Barker hasn’t shared any photos or videos to his social media accounts since wishing Evans a Happy 12th Anniversary in June of 2020.

Though the affidavit states that Evans and Barker are living separately, it is unclear where their combined seven children are currently residing. 

Evans is the mother of Avery Jack (1999), Olivia Margaret (2003), and Audrey Elizabeth (2004) from a previous marriage, while Barker is the father of Andrew (1999), Braxton (2000), and twins Sarah Ashlee and Harrison (2001) from his previous marriage to Amy DiGiovanna (1995 – 2007).

Barker was arrested and charged with felony assault on Saturday morning (Jan. 15), according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sara Evans, Jay Barker; Photo via Facebook, Sara Evans
Sara Evans, Jay Barker; Photo via Facebook, Sara Evans

According to an affidavit obtained by CBS42, Evans was heading home from a gathering at her neighbor’s house in the passenger side of a friend’s car to ride across the street to her house. The report states that when they were passing the driveway, Barker was “reversing his vehicle at a high rate of speed attempting to hit them, but missed.” 

Evans reportedly contacted police after the incident when Barker allegedly drove away. Police say Barker later returned to speak with them prior to issuing a warrant for his arrest.

Evans and the unnamed witness claim that Barker was intentionally trying to hit them.

The 49-year-old sports radio personality, who hosts Tide 100.9’s The Jay Barker Show, was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to public records, Barker, the former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback, whose real name is Harry Jerome Barker, was booked into the Davidson County Jail at 4:52 a.m. on Saturday morning and was placed on a 12-hour hold for domestic violence.

Barker was released from the jail just before 7:30 p.m. after posting a $10,000 bond.


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No additional details about his arrest have been revealed, however, Barker is scheduled to appear in court on March 22 to settle the case. This story is still developing.

Throughout Barker’s career in the NFL, he has played for the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, and the Green Bay Packers. In addition, he also played for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League. 

Evans and Barker were initially introduced by a mutual friend. They were both going through divorces and bonded over their similar life situations. The pair tied the knot on a farm just outside of Nashville on June 14, 2008. 

Evans was previously married to Craig Schelske, and went through a very public breakup and divorce beginning in the fall of 2006 when she was a competitor on Dancing With The Stars. At the time, she withdrew herself from the competition to focus on her family. 

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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.