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Dec 2, 2010 10:50 AM

Montgomery's Wife Disputes Reasons For Couple's Pending Divorce

The wife of country singer and Kentucky native Eddie Montgomery sent a statement to LEX 18 News Thursday concerning the announcement Wednesday that the couple are getting a divorce.

Eddie Montgomery revealed Wednesday that he and his wife, Tracy are getting divorced with postings on Twitter and Facebook early Wednesday, saying, "U find out u got cancer then u found out ur wife can't handle that so she files for a divorce ... merry christmas," He also tweeted in a post that has since been taken down, "She says she's a Christian wow ... I think I need to get her a bracelet 'what would Jesus do' 'cause I hope he [is] still here with me."

Montgomery announced last month that he is battling prostate cancer. According to his publicist, Tracy Montgomery filed for divorce because, according to Eddie, she couldn't cope with his illness.

On Thursday, LEX 18 received an statement from Tracy Montgomery disputing the reason for the divorce. She said, "Despite what is being said, Eddie's cancer had absolutely nothing to do with my decision. It's what the public doesn't know that finalized an extremely difficult decision that I was forced to make. I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words and support during this most traumatic time in our lives. For the sake of my children, I prefer to handle things from here on out in a private manner."

The couple have four children and one granddaughter.

Throughout their 11-year career, Eddie and his Montgomery Gentry partner, Troy Gentry, have charted more than 20 singles, including the No. 1 hits 'If You Ever Stop Loving Me,' 'Something to Be Proud Of,' 'Lucky Man,' 'Back When I Knew It All' and 'Roll With Me.' In 2009, Eddie and Troy became members of the Grand Ole Opry and picked up the American Music Awards' Favorite New Artist in the country category.

Montgomery, who is originally from Garrard County, is the brother of fellow country musician John Michael Montgomery.

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