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Wednesday 24th August 2005

Jaci Velasquez breaks her silence about recent divorce.

LESS THAN two years after her 2003 wedding made the news, Christian/Latin music superstar Jaci Velasquez's marriage has ended in divorce. Velasquez and Indiana native Darren Potuck were married on 16th August, 2003, in Franklin, Tennessee. Jaci told Christian Music Today, "When my husband and I started out as newlyweds, we were like all newlyweds, wanting that dream marriage. Somehow, things took a turn and we have ended up in divorce." The 25-year-old singer continued, "I sought counselling, but the painful truth is that our marriage didn't work out. I've had such a difficult time with this. My heart hurt so badly that I felt like I wanted to crawl under a rock and just die. I can't say that I have ever felt such pain before. My heart literally felt like it was breaking in half."

Velasquez went on to talk about the song "Lay It Down" from her latest album 'Beauty Has Grace', released by Word Records. The lyrics of that song contain the lines: "All of my hopes and my dreams and my best laid plans/Are slowly slipping through my folded hands." Commented the singer, "I am learning how to live out the words of 'Lay It Down' daily and experiencing God's love, grace and mercy like never before. My God is so awesome, I can feel him lift me up every time I feel like it's all too much for me."

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Reader Comments

Posted by Mary Lou in Texas @ 15:32 on Mar 9 2017

God is a restorer of our hearts. I took it really hard after my first marriage back in 1979 ended up in divorce. I had to forgive myself and then I was able to forgive him. I have now been married 35 years to a godly man. My ex died a year ago but on his dying bed both my husband and I went to go visit him and pray for him and I let him know that I had forgiven him and that I would always love him in the Lord. What frees us is true forgiveness. I pray for you and your heart. I thank God for you. He has plans for you. Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by waitinForGod in usa @ 00:38 on Jan 18 2016

I want to thank you. I have followed your music for years. I am praying for marriage restoration, but I continue to feel pain and trying to understand God's perfect will. Some say move on, but I feel God is telling me to wait. No one is perfect. I just feel like my life is wasting away in this wait. The pain is so intense at times especially because secular and Christians alike tell me to move on.

Posted by Ana in Illinois @ 01:10 on Jul 13 2015

My dear Joci you are not the only one,but just remember
the Lord has and still use you in those lyrics to bless others.May our Heavenly Father continue blessing you and given the strength that you need.Heero

Posted by Marilin Diaz in Miami,florida @ 19:21 on Aug 7 2013

Jaci I am going through the same two children also I pray jesus will come soon and we be with him the perfect husband.... I would love to able to sing with you someday our voices are alike I do sing with you already but I mean in person. bless you my sister...

Posted by Shedrach James in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria @ 16:33 on Jul 17 2013

Jaci has been a blessing to me via her gospel music for some years now. some of her songs keep me going till date. god bless her real good no matter the situation.
it pained my heart to know of her devoice though, but i know God will heal her and her ex-hubby and take her to greater heights in time.
Jaci, we love you and will keep longing to hear you sing and glorify our Lord and Saviour - Jesus Christ. be strong dear, be strong.
Shedrach James

Posted by gina in cleveland ohio @ 18:22 on Mar 8 2013

I understand Jaci I went through this myself a while ago. It is very painful but god is merciful and will get you through it. He will give you strength and things will work out. Thanks for sharing. I was married for over 20 years tried to make it work but it just didnt. GOd Bless Jaci love your music saw you once in concert. Please come back to Cleveland soon! Would love to see you! You have a gift from god and he will continue to use it to bring people to him. And as he uses your gift to comfort others I pray he will comfort you through your hard time.

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