April 24, 2024

Country strong! Jason Aldean‘s relationship with wife Brittany Aldean started with a scandal – and the couple has continued to spark controversy over the years.

The “Dirt Road Anthem” artist had been married to Jessica Ussery for more than 10 years when he was caught getting cozy with Brittany at a bar in September 2012. He issued a public statement about what went down with the aspiring singer, who was a contestant on American Idol season 11, saying he “screwed up” and “acted inappropriately.”

Though he added that he was sorry for “embarrassing my family and myself,” he filed for divorce from Ussery in April 2013, shortly after Us Weekly broke the news of the pair’s split.

Jason – who shares two daughters with Ussery – went on to marry Brittany in 2015. The couple then welcomed two children of their own.

While the duo have enjoyed many sweet family moments together, their controversial opinions – and support of each other’s headline-making behavior – have continued to spark backlash throughout the years.



September 2012 The Buck Commander owner issued a public statement after he was photographed getting cozy with Brittany in Los Angeles. "The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar," he wrote via Facebook. "I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story. I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. I'm not perfect, and I'm sorry for disappointing you guys. I really appreciate being able to work through this privately with my family and for all your continued support."   Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock
September 2012 The Buck Commander owner issued a public statement after he was photographed getting cozy with Brittany in Los Angeles. “The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar,” he wrote via Facebook. “I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that’s the end of the story. I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. I’m not perfect, and I’m sorry for disappointing you guys. I really appreciate being able to work through this privately with my family and for all your continued support.” Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock A360

April 2013 Less than one year after his cheating scandal made headlines, Us confirmed Jason filed for divorce from Ussery in Tennessee. "She will always be important to me because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both always make our daughters our No. 1 priority," he noted in a statement at the time. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
April 2013 Less than one year after his cheating scandal made headlines, Us confirmed Jason filed for divorce from Ussery in Tennessee. “She will always be important to me because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both always make our daughters our No. 1 priority,” he noted in a statement at the time. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock A360

March 2014 Us confirmed the "Rearview Town" artist's romance with Brittany.   Arlene Richie/Shutterstock
March 2014 Us confirmed the “Rearview Town” artist’s romance with Brittany. Arlene Richie/Shutterstock A360

June 2014 The couple made their official red carpet debut at the 2014 CMT Awards.   Wade Payne/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
June 2014 The couple made their official red carpet debut at the 2014 CMT Awards. Wade Payne/Invision/AP/Shutterstock A360

September 2014 "We've been on cloud nine the past few days!!" the American Idol alum wrote via Instagram while announcing her engagement to Jason. "My heart has never been more full of happiness and love. Can't wait to spend the rest of my life with this man. So many blessings and memories are in our future and SO thankful I get to share them with him. Thanks for all the support and kind words y'all have given us." Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
September 2014 “We’ve been on cloud nine the past few days!!” the American Idol alum wrote via Instagram while announcing her engagement to Jason. “My heart has never been more full of happiness and love. Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man. So many blessings and memories are in our future and SO thankful I get to share them with him. Thanks for all the support and kind words y’all have given us.” Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock A360

March 2015 The singers exchanged vows in Mexico.   Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock
March 2015 The singers exchanged vows in Mexico. Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock A360

May 2017 "SURPRISE!!! WE ARE PREGNANT!!! This was the hardest secret we've ever had to keep," Brittany gushed via social media. "This journey for us has been full of many happy times & also many tears… The biggest rollercoaster we have ever been on, without a doubt! All of the moments of heartache were followed by the biggest blessing in the entire world!! We will never take one moment for granted & can't wait to meet you, sweet baby!!!" Debby Wong/Shutterstock
May 2017 “SURPRISE!!! WE ARE PREGNANT!!! This was the hardest secret we’ve ever had to keep,” Brittany gushed via social media. “This journey for us has been full of many happy times & also many tears… The biggest rollercoaster we have ever been on, without a doubt! All of the moments of heartache were followed by the biggest blessing in the entire world!! We will never take one moment for granted & can’t wait to meet you, sweet baby!!!” Debby Wong/Shutterstock A360

December 2017 Son Memphis arrived on December 1, 2017. "HANDS DOWN THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!!" the new mother captioned her Instagram announcement.   Courtesy of Jason Aldean/Instagram
December 2017 Son Memphis arrived on December 1, 2017. “HANDS DOWN THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!!” the new mother captioned her Instagram announcement. Courtesy of Jason Aldean/Instagram A360

June 2018 The duo revealed Brittany was pregnant with her second child with Jason, his fourth by sharing a sweet snap of Memphis wearing a "Big Brother" onesie.   AFF-USA/Shutterstock
June 2018 The duo revealed Brittany was pregnant with her second child with Jason, his fourth by sharing a sweet snap of Memphis wearing a “Big Brother” onesie. AFF-USA/Shutterstock A360

February 2019 Brittany gave birth to daughter Navy on February 4, 2019. Weeks prior, the "My Kinda Party" artist joked to reporters at a Nashville event: "My wife is about to pop any second."   Courtesy of Brittany Aldean/Instagram
February 2019 Brittany gave birth to daughter Navy on February 4, 2019. Weeks prior, the “My Kinda Party” artist joked to reporters at a Nashville event: “My wife is about to pop any second.” Courtesy of Brittany Aldean/Instagram A360

May 2020 The former cheerleader exclusively told Us she would "love to" have more kids. "I've been asking [Jason], 'What would our third baby name be?' He's like, 'Well, we don't have to worry about it because it's not happening,' but I would love another," she added. "He has four, so I understand, but I would definitely do another one."   Jason Merritt/Radarpics/Shutterstock
May 2020 The former cheerleader exclusively told Us she would “love to” have more kids. “I’ve been asking [Jason], ‘What would our third baby name be?’ He’s like, ‘Well, we don’t have to worry about it because it’s not happening,’ but I would love another,” she added. “He has four, so I understand, but I would definitely do another one.” Jason Merritt/Radarpics/Shutterstock A360

October 2021 After sparking controversy by wearing — and dressing their children in — clothing that dissed President Joe Biden, the "If I Didn't Love You" artist defended his family's stance. "I will never apologize for my beliefs or my love for my family and country," he wrote via Instagram. "This is the greatest country in the world and I want to keep it that way. #unapologetic #phoenixwasfire."   AFF-USA/Shutterstock
October 2021 After sparking controversy by wearing — and dressing their children in — clothing that dissed President Joe Biden, the “If I Didn’t Love You” artist defended his family’s stance. “I will never apologize for my beliefs or my love for my family and country,” he wrote via Instagram. “This is the greatest country in the world and I want to keep it that way. #unapologetic #phoenixwasfire.” AFF-USA/Shutterstock A360

June 2022 Memphis and Navy posed with their parents on the couch, along with one of Jason's older daughters.   Courtesy of Brittany Aldean/Instagram
June 2022 Memphis and Navy posed with their parents on the couch, along with one of Jason’s older daughters. Courtesy of Brittany Aldean/Instagram A360

August 2022 Brittany raised eyebrows among fans — and fellow country artists — after captioning an Instagram post, "I'd really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life." Her opinion was slammed by several celebrities, including Cassadee Pope, who tweeted, "You'd think celebs with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging. But instead, here we are, hearing someone compare their 'tomboy phase' to someone wanting to transition. Real nice." Maren Morris replied to the Voice alum, "It's so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie." Jason defended his spouse amid the drama, writing in a comment on one of her Instagram posts, "MY Barbie." Ryan Hurd, meanwhile, took his wife's side. "Scoring quick points by picking on trans kids isn’t something that is brave at all," the songwriter tweeted. "And I'm proud of Maren for sticking up for them. Badge of honor to have CO engage in completely normal discourse, too. Shut up and sing only applies to those who you disagree with."  AFF-USA/Shutterstock
August 2022 Brittany raised eyebrows among fans — and fellow country artists — after captioning an Instagram post, “I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life.” Her opinion was slammed by several celebrities, including Cassadee Pope, who tweeted, “You’d think celebs with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging. But instead, here we are, hearing someone compare their ‘tomboy phase’ to someone wanting to transition. Real nice.” Maren Morris replied to the Voice alum, “It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie.” Jason defended his spouse amid the drama, writing in a comment on one of her Instagram posts, “MY Barbie.” Ryan Hurd, meanwhile, took his wife’s side. “Scoring quick points by picking on trans kids isn’t something that is brave at all,” the songwriter tweeted. “And I’m proud of Maren for sticking up for them. Badge of honor to have CO engage in completely normal discourse, too. Shut up and sing only applies to those who you disagree with.” AFF-USA/Shutterstock A360

November 2022 Jason wrapped his arm around Brittany at the 2022 CMAs, putting on a united front after her social media feud with Maren Morris. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
November 2022 Jason wrapped his arm around Brittany at the 2022 CMAs, putting on a united front after her social media feud with Maren Morris. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock A360

July 2023 After Jason came under fire for the May 2023 release of his controversial song "Try That in a Small Town" — which featured lyrics many viewed as racist — Brittany came to his defense and tried to deflect the situation. “Media … it’s the same song and dance. Twist everything you can to fit your repulsive narrative,” she wrote after the song made headlines in June. “How about instead of creating stories, we focus on the REAL ones such as CHILD TRAFFICKING? Food for thought.” Casey Flanigan/imageSPACE/Shutterstock
July 2023 After Jason came under fire for the May 2023 release of his controversial song “Try That in a Small Town” — which featured lyrics many viewed as racist — Brittany came to his defense and tried to deflect the situation. “Media … it’s the same song and dance. Twist everything you can to fit your repulsive narrative,” she wrote after the song made headlines in June. “How about instead of creating stories, we focus on the REAL ones such as CHILD TRAFFICKING? Food for thought.” Casey Flanigan/imageSPACE/Shutterstock A360

January 2024 The Aldeans showed their support for legendary group Alabama as they were honored during the CMT Giants special. Jason was one of the many performers at the event. Jason Davis/Getty Images
January 2024 The Aldeans showed their support for legendary group Alabama as they were honored during the CMT Giants special. Jason was one of the many performers at the event. Jason Davis/Getty Images A360

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This story was originally published January 17, 2024, 6:49 PM.

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