"You know, [there are] lots of things that you don't ever foresee," shared the "Chicken Fried" singer. "But, 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. And 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."
Zac continued to describe the marriage that inspired him on his recent projects; his full-band album, 'The Owl,' as well as his critically panned solo album, 'The Controversy.'
"It's not how I planned it to be," Zac confesses. "But it gave me more than I could've ever dreamed of having, you know?"
Zac and Shelly share custody of five children, 12-year-old Justice, 11-year-old Lucy, 9-year-old Georgia, 8-year-old Joni, and 5-year-old Alexander.
As the aftermath of their divorce continues to rivet the family, Zac shared that he has found a silver lining in self-development and is finding comfort in music by collaborating and continuing to bridge the genre gap. "I think it's important to be vulnerable and be yourself and just be real," he says. "I don't want to be around things that aren't real anymore. I'm trying to engineer my life for things that have soul, and things that I create. Some of 'em are fun. And then some of the things are like me bleeding my soul, and my life, and my hardship out in a song."
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