Media Falsely Reports Sam Hunt / Hannah Fowler Divorce Withdrawal

In a story Saving Country Music was painstakingly attempting to avoid, Sam Hunt’s wife Hannah Fowler filed for divorce on Friday, February 18th, claiming infidelity from the “country” star—specifically that he was “guilty of inappropriate marital conduct” and “guilt of adultery.” Fowler is seeking alimony, child support, and primary custody of their currently unborn child that Fowler is set to give birth to in May.

Hannah Fowler filed the formal paperwork for the divorce in the Davidson County court system on Friday (2-18), which covers much of the Nashville metropolitan area. However, since that is not where one or both of the principle members involved in the divorce live, that initial filing was withdrawn shortly after it was filed, at 2:15 p.m. Friday, and replaced with a “Notice of Voluntary Nonsuit.”

When tabloid outlet Us Weekly and others learned of the withdrawal, they quickly reported on Tuesday, February 22nd that Sam Hunt’s wife had experienced a change of heart, and wasn’t seeking a divorce at all. Shortly, dozens of other outlets, including Fox News, Daily Mail, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, and many country media outlets including Taste of Country, CMT, and The Boot also reported on Hannah Fowler withdrawing her divorce filing.

However, this is only part of the story. Hannah Fowler withdrew her divorce filing only to turn around and refile it in the appropriate jurisdiction of Williamson County, which covers areas south and west of Nashville proper, including communities such as Franklin, where many country performers live. Furthermore, the initial Davidson County filing in the divorce was marked, “In the Chancery Court for Williamson County,” so there was a paper trail tracing the divorce filing to Williamson County.

Saving Country Music was able to confirm with the Williamson Country Chancery Court that the Sam Hunt divorce is indeed still pending, just in the Williamson County, Tennessee court system, not Davidson County. The court also issued a statutory restraining order against Sam Hunt. See all paperwork below.

Though the divorce of Sam Hunt and Hannah Fowler feels like a personal matter, it is another public case of the media not checking sources, and simply parroting the reporting of other outlets, spreading false information like a wildfire. Only Whiskey Riff at the time of this post had deduced the mistake, and posted the correct information.

Find the paperwork for the divorce below.

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