Rodney Atkins Grateful for Prayers During His Divorce
Despite a tumultuous past few months, Rodney Atkins is keeping his spirits up, thanks mostly to his supportive fans. The 'Take a Back Road' singer filed for divorce from wife Tammy Jo in November, after she accused him of several acts of domestic violence, including throwing her down a hallway and trying to smother her with a pillow. Rodney was cleared of all charges, but acknowledges the legal battle was difficult. Still, he says it was the support of people all across the country that helped him weather the storms at home in Nashville.
"Thanks for all the prayers," he shares with Florida radio station WKIS (quote via CMTT). "I can feel the good thoughts, which allow you to not react and take the high road in that situation. That just shows the class of you guys at radio, fans, friends ... It's hard for me to say 'fans.' It's friends you have out there. I feel better than I have in years, and I'm very excited about the future."
The platinum-selling singer is a father to one son, Elijah, who remains his top concern as his divorce is finalized and he adjusts to life as a single dad. "This was an unfortunate verbal dispute between Mr. and Mrs. Atkins within hearing range of their child, and when Mr. Atkins realized their child was in hearing range of the argument, his first priority became getting out of the earshot of the child," Rodney's attorney, Rose Palermo, told The Boot just after her client's arrest. "Since filing the complaint for divorce, he has exercised substantial parenting time with the parties' son and he will continue to do so while the divorce is pending. The criminal complaint does not allege that any harm came to the child or Mrs. Atkins and as a result the Court has not prohibited Mr. Atkins from having parenting time."
Rodney is currently juggling father-son time with time in the studio and on the on the road. His upcoming tour dates includes several shows in Florida, plus stops in Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia. He will also head out this summer as part of the Country Throwdown tour. See his concert schedule here.
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