It’s official. Troy Aikman has split from his wife. I heard rumblings yesterday of a possible break up over at SecondShelthers.com where Candy Evans blogged about Mrs. Aikman’s new digs. Why would Rhonda Aikman buy a five bedroom Mediterranean style home off Mimosa Lane in Preston Hollow as the Aikmans already had a home in Highland Park together? Well, Dallas Morning News columnist Alan Peppard confrims rumors that the Aikmans have officially split, “This has been a difficult decision for Rhonda and me, but after 10 years of marriage we have decided to separate. We remain deeply committed to our children and respectfully ask that you honor our family’s privacy during this period of adjustment,” Aikman said in a statement late Monday night. The Aikmans have two young daughters and Rhonda has a daughter from a previous marriage.
The news comes on the heels of the current D Magazine cover story about Aikman: “The football god on marriage, loss, and how he lucked into broadcasting the biggest game on earth.” Apparently Mr. Aikman was not asked about his marital status. “For those who are aware of the Aikmans’ split — and it appears that many people in town have known since at least Christmas, when Rhonda did not appear at the annual Aikman party — that cover line will suggest that he talked to the magazine about his marital troubles. He didn’t. Zac Crain reported the story in late November and early December, before we knew about the separation. He didn’t ask about it, and Troy (understandably) didn’t volunteer the information,” wrote D editor Tim Rogers . “The story itself, since it doesn’t mention the split, might also lead people to theorize that we worked with the Aikman camp to burnish his image before the news of the couple’s separation got out. That’s not true. We made no agreement with his people about subject matter that was to be avoided.” Just to be clear, the only mention of Rhonda (or marriage for that matter) in the entire male-centered-male-sourced article was a quick line, ”he has been married for 10 years“. Rhonda wasn’t interviewed (apparently). And the story was mostly about football and comments from sports broadcasters. The “on marriage” in the title seems superflous now as D tries to scrape the egg its face. And cub reporters take note that you ALWAYS ask about your subjects marital status especially as the split was happening at the time of the interview. Being in awe of your subject will often blind you to the reality that, yes, Troy Aikman is human, too. And now single again and THAT is a headline!
And since Troy Aikman was the quarterback of my teenage fantasies, I will be highly interested in his personal life. Troy, you waited too long for me. I’m married now. No, it’s OK. You know, some people aren’t meant to be like you and Lori Morgan and Faith Hill. Our destinies just won’t let us collide. It’s not you. It’s me. I’m hear if you need me. Always. XOXO