Nashville, TN- Country music star Jason Aldean filed for divorce from his high school sweetheart Jessica last Friday citing irreconcilable differences.

Aldean and his wife Jessica met when they were teenagers and married in 2001, but now after 12 years the couple is calling it quits. They have two daughters together 10 year-old Keely and 5 year-old Kendyl.

In a statement released Monday, Aldean said, according to USA Today, “This is a really tough time for my entire family. Jessica and I have been together since we were teenagers. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs over the years as we grew up together as a couple. She will always be important to me because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both always make our daughters our number-one priority.”

Aldean also asked that fans and the media give him some privacy, “I’ve learned that everyone always rushes to judgment when they hear news like this. That’s really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us.” He added, “I understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in the public eye, but for my girls’ sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them.”

The couple’s marriage hit the rocks last fall when Jason was caught in a minor cheating scandal. Aldean was caught on camera gushing over American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr in a Los Angeles bar, according to the Washington Post.

The photographer also caught the duo kissing, and it wasn’t long after that Aldean and his wife separated. The Grammy award winning singer quickly tried to do some damage control and took to Twitter to apologize to his fans for the “inappropriate” behavior.

He also told USA Today’s Brian Mansfield, “I think it’s a private thing. Unfortunately, it hasn’t stayed private. My main concern is, I’ve got two little girls at home that I’m trying to protect from all this stuff.”

However, celebrities live in the shadow of public scrutiny, and it is inevitable that when they make mistake of kissing or having an affair with someone other than their spouse they are going to get caught.

Cheating scandals in Hollywood are nothing new, but celebrities aren’t the only ones who cheat; in a 2007 survey one in five people admitted to cheating on their partners or spouse. Infidelity is one of the leading causes of divorce in the U.S. and can be nearly impossible for a couple to repair the trust between them and have no other option than to file for divorce.

Infidelity can have an impact on the final outcome a divorce. If a couple signed a prenuptial agreement an affair can void any of the provision in the agreement. Even without a prenuptial, cheating on a spouse will affect the amount of spousal support awarded and can have a bearing on a child custody arrangements.