"Mine all mine, baby are you mine all mine?" "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox sings in a track from her 2010 debut album called "Mine All Mine." "Boy cuz I am your fool, for you I would walk the line/Just in time, you came into my life and now I'm fine/No one else will do, baby are you mine all mine?"
The Toledo, Ohio-bred, formerly Chicago-based musician and rising country star offered up an extra-sweet, all-acoustic rendition of the tune in 2011 from centerstage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Watching from the wings was the man who inspired her to write it: husband Brian Walker.
Now comes the news from People magazine, which also had exclusive rights to cover the couple's Chicago nuptials at Uncommon Ground on N. Clark (where Bowersox and Walker had met six years prior during an open mic night) in late 2010: the two are divorcing.
"After two-and-a-half years, we have decided to end our marriage," they told People.com in a joint statement. "The friendship and love which brought us together remains strong, and we will continue to support each other in our careers and personal lives. We are hopeful that people will be respectful of our privacy as we face this emotional and challenging time for our family."
Bowersox, who is slated to debut on Broadway this summer in a Patsy Cline musical, was introspective and content-seeming when she spoke with Sun-Times pop music critic Thomas Conner in late February. "I keep quoting Ani DiFranco: 'If you're not getting happier as you get older / then you're f---ing up,'" she said. "It's true. I feel like at this point in my life, I've noticed the serendipitous ways things have been for me. I've worked very hard, but there's also been lots of luck. Every moment has lead to this moment I'm in now, all the bad and all the good. In my darkest days, I did not really believe it was going to get better. But it did, and now I'm on the good side of things, and I'm kind of surprised that it all worked out."
For much of their time together in Chicago and then Portland, Oregon, Walker served as primary caretaker to the couple's now 4-year-old son Tony -- whom Bowersox conceived during a previous relationship -- while Bowersox was on the road.
Speaking with the Sun-Times in the summer of 2011, Walker -- who is also a skilled musician -- gave some hints of friction in his relationship with the woman he most often, and very affectionately, called "Mamasox" or, simply, "Mama."
"I personally would like for him to be doing his own stuff," Bowersox said at the time. "I'd love to work together on certain things, but I want us to have separate careers."
Consequently, Walker said, "now I'm really having to do this without her help, but at the same time under that shadow."
Whether that's the least bit relevant to their current situation, however, is anyone's guess.
Bowersox performs at the Grand Ole Opry with Walker in the wings
Bowersox and Walker perform with Blues Traveler frontman John Popper at the 2011 SXSW Festival in Austin