Garth Brooks' Money Problems
Although the country singer is at a career-high after selling out all of his Comeback Special concerts, Brooks is stuck in the middle of a messy legal battle with his former employee.
The crooner is demanding Lisa A. Sanderson pay him $226,000 he says he gave her as a loan. Sanderson claims the money was a gift from her former boss to help her cover fees from her costly custody battle between 2005 and 2007.
Sanderson also sued Brooks for nearly half a million dollars for unpaid salary and bonuses, plus punitive damages.
Brooks and his fellow country singers are no strangers to scandals. See what kind of trouble they've got brewing.
Josh Abbott's Shocking Betrayal
Josh Abbott Band front man Josh Abbott shocked his fans and his wife on Friday when he revealed his struggles with alcohol on infidelity on Twitter.
He tweeted, "I have not been the Christian husband that I needed to be in my marriage. I have destroyed my marriage through multiple problems, including: problems w/ alcohol abuse, infidelity, and language."
He's not the only country singer with a wandering eye.
Shania Twain’s Husband Swap
Shania Twain’s husband, producer and co-writer, Mutt Lange, didn’t just cheat on her in 2008… he cheated with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. The soap opera-worthy plot line left Twain so heartbroken she told Oprah she thought she’d never sing again. “I hadn't written a song without this man in 14 years... How do I even get started?” she said.
Twain later got the sweetest revenge when she married ... wait for it ... Thiebaud’s husband, Frederic! Who’s laughing now?
Randy Travis’ Family Substance Abuse Saga
Travis was in a Texas hospital recovering from a stroke when his brother and sister-in-law, David and Jessica Traywick, were arrested for having a working methamphetamine lab inside their North Carolina home in July 2013. Travis’ DUI arrest in 2012 (pictured) is child’s play in comparison.
Jason Aldean’s Night with an “Idol”
Apparently Justin Aldean’s “Kinda Party” involves getting hot and heavy in public with a woman who isn’t his wife. Aldean was photographed kissing “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr at a Los Angeles bar in 2012 while married to high school sweetheart Jessica Ussery.
"The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar,” he wrote to fans via his Facebook page. Aldean and Ussery filed for divorce six months later.
Hank Williams Jr.’s Anti-Obama Rant
Country singer Hank Williams Jr. caused a stir in 2011 when he compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and called him “the enemy” in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
In 2012 he struck again, calling Obama a “Muslim” who “hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays,” at a country music festival. “And we hate him!” he added.
Tell us how you really feel, Hank.
LeAnn Rimes’ Daddy Drama
Even as a young, promising country music starlet, LeAnn Rimes was prone to scandal. In 2000 at age 17, she filed a lawsuit against her father, Wilbur, claiming that he and her co-manager owed her more than $7 million and were hiding more cash that she had earned. Daddy dearest filed a counter-suit.
She later made an effort to settle their legal troubles and put the past behind them just in time for her wedding to backup dancer Dean Sheremet, which leads us to her next scandal…
LeAnn Rimes Scandal Part 2: Homewrecker Edition
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were both married when they met on the set of Lifetime Movie “Northern Lights” in 2009-- she to Dean Sheremet and he to Brandi Glanville with whom he has two kids-- but that didn’t stop them from having a very public affair.
Both stars ended up getting divorced, and they moved in together soon after, leading to a 2011 wedding.
LeAnn has expressed feelings of guilt many times, but she doesn't look like she's regretting anything as she stares into his big, brown eyes.
Kenny Chesney and Renée Zellweger’s Quickie Marriage
Renee Zellweger and country crooner Kenny Chesney’s whirlwind romance ended in a marriage of just four months, a feat that could only impress the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, who made it about half that long.
Zellweger filed for an annulment citing “fraud,” but the two later released a statement blaming “the miscommunication of the objective of their marriage at the start.” Chesney publicly denied rumors that he was gay.
Mrs. Ted Nugent’s Packed Purse
Shemane Ann Nugent, wife of outspoken right to bear arms supporter and country-rock musician Ted Nugent, was arrested in August 2013 after trying to take a handgun through security at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Shemane's attorney, David Finn, says she made an "honest mistake" and “either forgot or never knew the gun was in her bag.” And to think, the rest of us worry about the size of our face wash!
Willie Nelson’s Love Affair with Marijuana
The country star is an outspoken proponent of marijuana for recreational use, even penning a book titled “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I’m Gone.” Throughout his decades in the spotlight, Nelson has been busted for possession of the drug plenty of times, but even now in his eighties he continues to voice his opinion that it should be legalized. According to Nelson, good old Mary Jane helped him quit more dangerous habits such as drinking, taking pills and chain smoking.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood: Two-for-One Country Scandal
Garth Brooks once admitted to cheating on then-wife Sandy Mahl during an interview with Barbara Walters. The other woman? Fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood, his current wife. The two have faced cheating rumors in their own marriage, but all seems well as they just announced plans for a joint tour.
No Willie, not that kind of joint.
Country singers may come across as sweet-tea-drinkin’, love-song-writin’, well-mannered southern gentlemen and belles, but truth is, they’re just as prone to misbehavin' as rappers and pop stars!