Texas country singer Josh Abbott of the Josh Abbott Band took to his Twitter account late Friday afternoon to admit to his fans that he’s been untrue to his wife, Amanda Abbott, and to ask for forgiveness from his fans. Josh said he would write a more lengthy letter to fans in the future, and says that he is 22 days sober.
The Josh Abbott Band is one of the biggest-drawing bands in the Texas country scene. Formed in 2006 in Lubbock, TX while Abbott was attending Texas Tech University, their latest album Small Town Family Dream debuted at #3 on the Billboard Country Charts. The band’s video for the Adam Hood and Brian Keane-penned single “I’ll Sing About Mine” came in at #1 on Saving Country Music’s Best Music Videos of 2013.
Below is Josh Abbott’s plea to his fans for forgiveness:
At some point down the road, I’m going to write a letter to you all that needs to be written…for right now, I have a few things to say:
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. Somewhere along the last several years I have lost myself as an accountable human being. The temptations that we as artists and celebrities face are unreal to many of you. But regardless, I have to own up to my mistakes as a man. I’m 22 days sober and hope that I can continue to control my addictions. I want to be an honorable and godly man and this is the first step. I hope the songs I have written have inspired you and given you feelings because that’s why we do what we do. That part is real. What hasn’t been real is the perception that my marriage is perfect & I’m an incredible husband. I’m not.
I hope all of you reading this will understand. that the only things that truly matter in life are your relationships w/ family, friends, & God. Be better. Please pray for us in this time. Being a celebrity doesn’t give us the right to treat our marriages with disrespect. At some point someone has to say it’s not okay!And please don’t send your prayers my way. Send them to @ASouthernHippie and her family. They’re the ones crushed by all of this.
Later in response to some Twitter replies, Josh Abbott posted:
Please stop saying you respect me. I’m not someone you should respect. I’ve cheated on my wife. That’s as low as a person can get. Just pray. I didn’t post this to get my wife back. I posted because we agreed I need to be accountable to fans who think I was better than I really was