Country star Jason Aldean is engaged to former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr, whom he was photographed kissing at bar back in 2012, when he was still married. Reports stated that Aldean popped the question during the West Coast portion of his current tour. Although there has not yet been any confirmation surrounding the manner in which the singer proposed, but it is known that he arranged a private tour of the San Diego Zoo for the two of them to enjoy on Wednesday, and it is widely speculated that it was at that time he asked her to marry him.
News of the engagement has come as something of a surprise to the 37-year-old’s fans, as he had previously shown no interest in continuing the relationship past the aforementioned night that occurred at The Den on Sunset Strip. After the pictures began circulating around the internet showing Aldean and Kerr in a close embrace while also in full view of the public, the country singer expressed his regret at the event having transpired, calling it a drunken mistake and stating he wished it had never happened.
He said he realized his error shortly after it occurred, and he made his way home alone via taxi shortly thereafter. He filed for divorce at the end of April 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had reportedly been trying to work out their problems up until then, appearing side by side at a November 2012 red carpet event, in which their relationship seemed to be on the mend. Kerr began appearing at the country star’s shows in January of this year, sparking speculation surrounding whether or not the two had ever really stopped seeing each other following the kissing incident in 2012. The Georgia native has recently given the statement that he has absolutely no qualms over how his relationship with Kerr began, telling this week’s issue of Billboard Magazine that people need to get over what happened and move on. He went on to say that he feels many people expect him to be somebody he is not, and this is a mentality that he says he has no intentions of ever beginning to embrace.
Kerr faced an extreme amount of backlash following the aforementioned pictures being posted on the internet. She was almost instantly bombarded with dozens of messages on her various social media accounts, labeling her a home wrecker and threatening to ruin her life as she did the singer’s. The former American Idol contestant said that the abuse eventually got so bad that she had to shut down all of her accounts and take herself as much out of the limelight as possible until things died down, a matter which she was also advised to do by Aldean himself, in the days directly prior to his filing for divorce. He reportedly told Kerr that the media was going to have a field day once the documents came to light, and that there was a high possibly that she would once again be attacked by the public.
It remains to be seen whether or not Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr will go through with their engagement and tie the knot. A date for the proposed wedding has yet to be announced.
By Rebecca Grace