Sara Evans Comments On Divorce, ‘Dancing’
First Published: October 30, 2007 3:46 PM EDT Credit: AP
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What would Sara Evans do if she caught her husband cheating?
When Evans and husband Craig Schelske attended the “Walk The Line” premiere in 2005, a reporter from from WLPJ posed that very question to the country singer and she had a very interesting answer
(LISTEN TO SARA’S RESPONSE BELOW).
As far as her current divorce, Evans said her experience as an entertainer helped carry her through her final performance last week on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Evans had learned hours before the show Oct. 11 about racy allegations against her husband of 13 years that prompted her to file for divorce, she said in an interview aired Tuesday night on the show.
“It’s a blur,” she said.
“The good thing is that I’m so used to performing, as you know, that as an entertainer, we just have the ability to just try to flip the switch, turn it on, do the dance and make it through the day,” she said.
Evans, 35, alleges that Craig Schelske, 43, committed adultery, was verbally and emotionally abusive, drank excessively and frequently watched pornography in their home. Schelske denies all the allegations.
“I cannot explain why Sara is waging a false media campaign, but I intend to defend myself in court and protect my children as best I can,” Schelske said in a statement issued Tuesday.
He said his attorneys advised ABC that he denied all of the allegations in the divorce filing and said Evans needed to consider the well-being of her children in doing the interview.
The sister of Schelske says her brother is doing well, despite the media attention surrounding last week’s divorce filing by his wife. Melody Taber tells The Tennessean “Craig is doing actually really good.” Schelske’s sister says he’s with family, but won’t expand on exactly where he is. Taber, Schelske’s parents and siblings all live in Oregon. Taber also tells the paper they “continue to love” Evans and pray for her and the children. She adds, “This is not the Sara we have known for the last 15 years.”
Evans said there were already “some things in motion” in her decision to divorce Schelske, but that she had hoped to work it out.
“It was always my intention to try to take things slowly,” she told host Tom Bergeron. “My intention was to try everything that was in my power” to save the marriage.
“It’s very personal and very traumatic and very hard for my children,” she said. “Things drastically went downhill at 100 miles an hour.”
Evans was among 11 celebrities who paired with professional dancers to compete on the third season of the popular reality series.
Schelske ran for Congress as a Republican from Oregon’s 5th District in 2002. He is a native of Salem, Ore.
Evans was recently nominated for female vocalist of the year honors by the Country Music Association. She made her recording debut in 1997 and her 2000 album “Born to Fly” went double-platinum. Her hits include “Perfect,” “Suds in the Bucket” and “Real Fine Place to Start.”
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