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Sunday, 8 October, 2000, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Garth Brooks announces divorce
Garth Brooks
The country star may release one more album
Country singer Garth Brooks is to divorce his wife, Sandy.

The couple were married for 14 years and have three daughters, aged eight, six and four.

However Brooks, who had announced his retirement last year, said he was thinking of releasing one more album although his touring days were definitely over.

Right now, we're focused on the impact it will have on our children

Garth Brooks
Brooks has sold almost 100 million albums in his 10-year career, making him the best-selling artist in the history of country music.

The superstar told Billboard magazine that he regretted his failed marriage but added that he is even closer to his children.

"Sandy and I both agree that we need to get divorced," he said.

"Right now, we're focused on the impact it will have on our children and how to handle that best, to remain parents even if we don't remain husband and wife," he added.

Closer to family

Brooks said he had had a tough year, during which he had lost his mother and stopped touring for the first time in 11 years.

But he spoke of the positive outcome of spending more time at home.

"I am an infinite number of times closer to my children than I've ever been the entire seven years of their lives... And I can't help but think when I lie down at night and say my prayers that that in itself is worth the trade I've made to get here."

During his year off, the country star revealed, he had wrestled with a host of questions - including wondering if the country format had passed him by and if he was too old to compete.

"If we can come up with songs that feel comparable to the other seven studio albums, then we might [release one more]," he said.

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