Tammy Vs. Tabloids

According to her lawyer, after what seems like a lengthy battle, country songstress Tammy Wynette has finally settled her lawsuit against two tabloid newspapers for publishing what she claims are exaggerated stories regarding her health problems. Wynette earlier sued both the Star and National Enquirer publications — charging them with invasion of privacy and defamation of character. Wynette claimed the papers paid an unidentified person to obtain her private medical records from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hospital where she was treated in 1995. The papers’ articles described the singer as “gravely ill.” After Wynette’s defamation claim was dismissed at a hearing last year, she continued to sue for privacy invasion. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed to the public. Famous for her hits like “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” “Stand By Your Man” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” the legendary singer continues to be very musically active. She does, however, have greater priorities. “My family — they’re the most important thing to me now,” says Wynette. “There was a time that I put my career first. But I did what I thought I had to do. My kids — I’m sure they suffered. They say they didn’t, but I’m sure that’s just to soften the blow on mama.” Wynette is happily married to her husband of 20 years, George Richey. The couple live in a beautiful Nashville home once owned by the late Hank Williams. Wynette is the grandmother of nine.