Sara Evans has filed for divorce from husband Craig Schelske and withdrawn from the Dancing With the Stars talent competition. The announcement was made late Thursday night (Oct. 12) by a publicist for Evans’ record label. The divorce papers were filed earlier Thursday in a Tennessee court.
In a written statement, Evans’ publicist said, “Recent events that shed light on the status of her marriage prompted Ms. Evans to make the filing. … A mother of three, Ms. Evans felt it was in her children’s best interest that she also withdraw from competition on Dancing With the Stars, an ABC television series that she has been part of this fall, to give her family her full attention at this difficult time.
“Ms. Evans hopes that her fans and TV viewers who’ve supported her in recent weeks and throughout her music career will respect and understand her need for privacy in the face of these recent events.”
A native of Missouri, Evans, 35, moved to Nashville in 1991 and met Schelske, a musician from Oregon who had a band with his two brothers. She moved to Oregon in 1992 and married Schelske in 1993. The couple returned to Nashville in 1995.
After signing with RCA Records, Evans charted her first single, “True Lies,” in 1997. Her first No. 1 single, “No Place That Far,” was released in 1998, but her breakthrough hit came in 2000 with “Born to Fly.”
Schelske, 43, ran an unsuccessful campaign in Oregon as a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in 2002.