Obviously this is an editorial so keep that in mind. And I chose to write this letter-style to Trace Adkins. In case you don’t know it already, Trace Adkins is a country singer with a long history of hits such as “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Honkytonkbadonkadonk”.
Recently you published a video about “imposters” using your name on social media. I have no knowledge about that whatsoever and that’s not why I’m writing this. What I’m addressing is the comment you made at the end of the video about blocking some persons from your Facebook, Twitter and other accounts due to mean comments they made.
Let me go back.
About 3 years ago I saw you perform for the first time at a Christmas Show you were doing at a theatre in Ft Pierce Florida. Good show. Right after that, I saw an article online about your divorce from your wife of nearly 20 years, Rhonda. Curious about that, I not only read the article but clicked on the links to more information it contained. Later on, I was sorry I did that.
What you project.
You have a very sincere way of singing songs and that is one of the reasons why you have done well. I believe many of your fans take the lyrics as in fact coming from you and that you mean them.
Looking at your song list, and it’s pretty big, there are quite a few that point to love of your country, and to your love of Rhonda and your daughters. Starting with “For The Rest Of Mine”, that you sung at your wedding to her, and then on to “All I Ask For Anymore”, and “Hot Mama” it appeared that you were in love with your wife and held her up as your girl for all the world to see. That’s sweet and it does go with that image you project that I mentioned above.
Even “Whoop A Man’s Ass” talks about being protective of what’s yours and those you love. And last, but not least, there’s “Just Fishin'” that includes so many adorable references and one in particular about how your little girl is “already pretty, like her mama”. Well, since that’s about Trinity, so “her mama” would be Rhonda of course. And yes, Trace, Rhonda is a beauty so you told the truth there.
What the heck happened?
Sometime after or perhaps while you were making the movie “The Virginian” you started an affair with Victoria Pratt, your co-star. It was inappropriately bragged about online, and I’m sorry to say that it was damn unprofessional of the both of you to do so.
I don’t know what makes you or your current girlfriend think it’s okay to cheat and boast about it so that your spouses can feel awful, but apparently you do. You are both guilty there. And since you’re also both middle-aged adults there’s no using the ignorance of youth as an excuse. It was a crying shame and that’s all there is to it.
This time the gossip was spot on.
Stories about your so-called Twitter affair with Victoria Pratt include screenshots of your tweets about her giving you a bath and how Rhonda was giving you mean looks. Worse than that they also included a story about how just a short time later you had Victoria Pratt and a friend of hers come as special guests to one of your shows. Someone in the audience saw them and asked if they were groupies. Victoria Pratt is quoted as answering “yes and yes”. Really?? You were cool with that?
Why people are mean.
Read your fan feedback again. Look at how many love you, the man they see on stage and in film, and felt that you represented something right in this world. You surely sang about it. Saying “there’s more of us than them” was one of the many ways you supported the conservative faction, not to mention you were quite open about it in your book. (which I did read)
Seeing you humiliate Rhonda online and then show up with the woman you were cheating with a few years after that, was a slap in the face to everyone who came to love you, your work, and as an extension of that, your lovely wife and children. Again, I am wondering “how could he not have seen that?”
My take on this.
I bought your music, your movies and went to several of your shows, so my feedback here is as much as a consumer as it is about a wife and mom. I’ve been married once, and that’s now 31 years, and since I’ve been homeschooling an autistic son for more than 20 of those years, I guess you could say I have made my family my career. So, what you did to Rhonda is appalling to me, quite frankly.
In light of everything that has happened, I think you should stop making those videos about how you are upset over “mean” people. Not when both you and your girlfriend, Victoria Pratt, have also been very, very mean yourselves.
Signed by me – a former fan.
I took this myself at the 2015 Tortuga Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. I saw Trace Adkins perform there.