They tried to make it work, but Jason Aldean and Jessica Ussery have reached their breaking point as a couple. Seven months after the father of two was photographed making out with "American Idol" alumna Brittany Kerr, the country star and his wife have separated, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.
According to the insider, the couple's split happened in January. "There were obvious problems before the bar kiss, but he finally left earlier this year," the source tells Us, pointing out that Ussery didn't attend the ACM Awards in April.
A rep for Aldean tells Us that the couple are indeed going through a rough spot. "I can confirm that Jason and his wife are having problems, but there is nothing more to share at this time," the rep says. "It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
Together since high school, they pledged last fall to stick by each other in the wake of the "Don't You Wanna Stay" singer's cheating scandal. As recently as November -- two months before the separation -- the 36-year-old superstar and his wife put up a united front on "CBS This Morning," telling the hosts they were learning from their mistakes.
"It hasn't always been roses," Aldean said of his 11-year marriage to Ussery, with whom he has two daughters, Keeley and Kendyl. "We've been together for a long time and through a lot of things together. Those are things that most people get to deal with in private, but we didn't have the luxury of doing that."
"Any couple that's been married for 30, 40, 50 years" faces make-or-break moments, he added.
Aldean's indiscretion was indeed a make-or-break moment -- but at least initially, the couple seemed committed to keeping their family in tact. "Our lives got turned upside down, and it's been a learning process," the singer told Us. "When there's kids involved, that's something you've always got to try and protect."