Much of the country music community was stunned when news broke that Zac Brown Band frontman, Zac Brown, and his wife of 12 years were calling it quits. As usually happens when a public figure is going through a personal crisis, Zac remained mostly quiet as his family, which includes the couple’s five children, navigated the heartbreaking process to determine how they would move forward.
During a recent appearance on CBS This Morning, Zac opened up a bit about the past year to CBSN anchor Vladimir Duthiers. Vladimir asked the singer-songwriter when he realized that the relationship was ending.
“You know, lots of things that you don’t ever foresee” Zac replied. ”You know, when you live in something long enough that it’s not working anymore, and that the differences that are there are greater, and that it’s healthier to not live in conflict than it is to try to stay. No matter how many mistakes, or whatever, and she absolutely was the one. And, you know, we have five amazing, beautiful children together. And that was the reason that we were together. It’s not how I planned it to be. But it gave me more than I could’ve ever dreamed of having, you know?”
Like most songwriters who often funnel experiences from their own lives into their work, Zac’s music is helping him heal. He said, “It helps me to, like, grieve the things that have happened. And if I’m doing it right, then other people can, too. Like, when I look out and see people crying, that’s us doing our job, trying to. And we’re always chasing that emotion in the songs.”
The Zac Brown Band’s The Owl and Zac’s debut solo project The Controversy are available now on all digital platforms.