Sara “Evans felt it was in her children’s best interest that she also withdraw from competition”

Sara Evans has confirmed reports that she is leaving Dancing with the Stars 3. In a statement to Access Hollywood, her people confirmed that her divorce is the reason:

“On Thursday, October 12, 2006 country music singer-songwriter Sara Evans filed for divorce from her husband Craig Schelske. Recent events that shed light on the status of her marriage prompted Ms. Evans to make the filing, which was registered today (October 12) with a court in Tennessee, where Evans resides. A mother of three, Ms. Evans felt it was in her children’s best interest that she also withdraw from competition on Dancing with the Stars, an ABC television series that she has been part of this fall, to give her family her full attention at this difficult time.

Ms. Evans hopes that her fans and TV viewers who’ve supported her in recent weeks and throughout her music career will respect and understand her need for privacy in the face of these recent events.”

Access Hollywood also reports on Evans’ divorce filings, finding that she alleges her husband “has frequently verbally abused, emotionally abused and harassed Wife,” has “more than 100 photos of Schelske ‘posing with his erect penis,'” and posted ads on Craig’s List requesting “three party sex” and “anal sex.” Thus, her lawyer says, “Sara felt she had no choice but to do what she did.”

Sara Evans’ sordid divorce accusations [Access Hollywood]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.