Jason Aldean On Cheating Scandal: “It’s Been 2 Years Of This Sh*t — Get Over It!”
Jason Aldean has had massive success as a country star, but he’s still dogged by his 2012 cheating scandal. “It has been two years of this sh*t — get over it, already!” he says in a new Billboard cover interview, regarding the media and fans’ reaction to his relationship with Brittany Kerr, the woman who ended his marriage. Aldean continues, “And then when I finally do get enough of it and say something, every newspaper grabs it. And I’m not trying to get in the headlines — I’m just trying to get people to stop running their mouths.”
The singer is furious that tabloid attention has invaded his life. “I’m pretty private, but over the last couple of years I’ve gotten that taken away from me, which kind of pissed me off,” he says. “You know, my kids get on there and read all that. I’m not blaming anybody. Obviously, a lot of that stuff is my own deal.” Aldean explains, “But I could go post something on my page right now that says, ‘Hey, we just donated $5 million to a children’s cancer research center,’ and somebody would get on there and go, ‘You’re an a**hole cheater.'”
Not that he’s in hiding. “If I want to take my daughters to the mall, that’s what we’re going to do,” Aldean tells the magazine. “If me and Brit want to go on a date, I’m not going to say, ‘We need to eat dinner at the house, and sneak in the back door of the movie theater.’ That’s ridiculous.”
The performer also draws a lot of criticism for seeming aloof and unfriendly. “One of my best friends in the world is Luke [Bryan]. He can flash those teeth like that, and he walks around smiling all the time,” explains Aldean. “I’m the complete opposite. We’ll do a photo shoot and I’ll look at all the ones of me smiling and I’ll just move them to the side, like, ‘Those are out.'”
But it’s just who he is. Aldean says, “I hope people feel like what you see is what you get with me. I don’t try to be something I’m not. It’s too much work to try to be something else.”
As for his music, which itself is polarizing, the singer is happy to create controversy. He explains, “You’re going to have your traditional country music fans that think you’re completely ruining country music, and you’re going to have your new-age fans that love what you’re bringing to the table. I love that. I want you to either despise it or love it.” “You might as well slap me in the face as say, ‘Yeah, it’s OK,’ about a song of mine. If people say they hate it, as ridiculous as it sounds, at least I know I’m getting a reaction, which is exactly what I want,” says Aldean.
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