Darius Rucker Reflects on Personal Growth Amid Divorce: ‘Life Goes On’

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The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman first revealed his separation from his wife of 20 years, Beth Leonard, in 2020.

Darius Rucker shared insights into his divorce from his estranged wife, Beth Leonard, in a recent episode of Apple Music’s Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen. The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman, aged 57, announced the separation on social media in July 2020.

When questioned about what he has discovered about himself through the divorce after 20 years of marriage, Rucker responded, “A lot.” He went on to explain, “I learned how there’s help out there for people.”

“You know, being raised the way I was and where I was, that’s not always … and in the Black community especially, that’s frowned upon a lot, too,” continued Rucker, who was born and raised in South Carolina. “But I learned that there’s a lot of people out there that’ll talk to you, that’ll help you a lot.”

Rucker, who penned the heartfelt song “Never Been Over” about his separation, emphasized that music has consistently served as his therapy.

Regarding the track, which includes the poignant lyrics, “We’ve been a lot of things / But we’ve never been over,” the singer-songwriter shared, “You write a song like that, and you sing it over and over, and you cry sometimes when you sing it.”

“It’s just one of those songs, and I love it,” he added, expressing that upon completion, he felt, “Man, that was therapy right there.”

The “Only Wanna Be with You” singer also acknowledged that when it comes to the guilt associated with the divorce, his “50-something self is a lot more forgiving than the mid-20-something self” — recognizing the importance of forgiveness in the process.

“You have to, because life goes on,” Rucker, who shares daughter Daniela, 22, and son Jack, 18, with Leonard, explained to Bannen.

“Your kids are still your kids, and you have a life, and you try to make the best of it,” he added. “Like I always say, [Leonard is] a saint, she’s an amazing human being, and she’s a great mom. And we get through life.”

Earlier this year, Rucker spoke of Leonard and their split similarly, emphasizing that despite the challenges, they remain a family. He described Leonard as a “great human being” and emphasized that a piece of paper does not change their familial connection.

“That stuff hurts and you feel like a failure,” Rucker expressed regarding divorce. “But we’re still a family — a piece of paper is not going to change that. We’re still a family, and that’s all because Beth is awesome. She knows it’s the best for the kids, and she’s a great human being.”

At that time, Rucker also mentioned that entering the dating world is not currently on his mind. Instead, he is focused on being a supportive father to Daniela, Jack, and Carolyn, his 28-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

“I’m not thinking about that right now,” he shared. “I’m just trying to be the best dad I can be for those grown kids.”