Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson’s wife has filed for divorce. The documents were filed mid-morning on September 26th, and have since been obtained by popular gossip website TMZ.
Erika Jackson listed the reason for ending their marriage of 19 years as irreconcilable differences. She is asking for joint legal custody and full physical custody of their 17-year-old son Jordan; the couple also have a daughter, but she is over the age of 18 and therefore not involved in the proceedings. She is asking her soon-to-be ex-husband not only for spousal support, but also to pay for her attorney’s fees.
This will be the former American Idol judge’s second divorce. He was previously married to Elizabeth Jackson until 1990, when the marital union was dissolved. He has one child from said marriage, a daughter named Taylor. He married Erika 5 years after this divorce. There is no word yet as to whether or not the 58-year-old is planning to contest any aspects of his most recent marital breakup, spousal support or otherwise.
The Louisiana native’s divorce is the most recent occurrence in a slew of Hollywood splits over the past few months. Divorces seem to be becoming more and more prominent in Tinseltown lately, with the news that several high-profile celebrities have called it quits recently.
These couples include but are certainly not limited to Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose, Kris & Bruce Jenner, and the parents from the hit TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (who were not technically married, but engaged in a commitment ceremony last year). Khalifa & Rose’s divorce has been steadily getting uglier and more dramatic by the day, as the rapper recently announced he is contesting his soon-to-be ex-wife’s request for sole physical and legal custody of their son. His lawyers believe that she is only asking for this right due to a need for vengeance, as she has reportedly claimed that Khalifa had been unfaithful to her multiple times in their marriage.
Jackson has become well-known over the years not just for his 12-year stint on American Idol, but also for his producing credits and musical talent. He was the executive producer behind the MTV reality show America’s Next Best Dance Crew, which aired for seven seasons before it was cancelled due to declining ratings. He has also written for many legendary musicians, including Mariah Carey and Gladys Knight. In 2001, he took home the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album, for co-producing the album At Last.
Randy Jackson has also achieved quite a reputation for his accomplishments as a bassist, which include many collaborations with high-profile musicians and artists. In the early 1980s, his work appeared on three albums for French violinist and jazz composer Jean-Luc Ponty, who received a wide array of critical praise and mounting popularity in Europe back in his day. He has also worked with the 1980s English rock band Taxxi, best known for their hit I’m Leaving, and spent one year as a session musician for the legendary 80s band Journey, whose signature track Don’t Stop Believing is still the recipient of immense praise to this day.
It remains to be seen whether or not Randy Jackson and wife Erika will go through with their impending divorce plans and separate for good. Neither he nor his representatives have yet given any statement on the matter.
by Rebecca Grace