Country superstar Garth Brooks and his wife Sandy have agreed to divorce after 14 years of marriage, a spokeswoman for his record company, Capitol Records, confirmed Sunday.
Brooks recently told Billboard magazine that he regrets his failed marriage but was closer than ever to his three children, ages 8, 6 and 4.
“Sandy and I both agree that we need to get divorced,” Brooks told Billboard. “Right now, we’re focused on the impact it will have on the children and how to handle that best, to remain parents even if we don’t remain husband and wife.”
Brooks said recent events, including the death of his mother and his first vacation from touring in 11 years, have taken a toll. He had announced in December that he might retire to spend more time with his family.
Brooks has sold 97 million albums in his 10-year music career, making him the top-selling artist in country music history. His hits include “Friends in Low Places,” “The Dance” and “We Shall Be Free.”