It's been almost exactly a year since I gave any serious thought to country singer Mindy McCready. I know the timeline because it was December of 2011 that she was all over the news for unlawfully taking her 5-year-old son from her parents' home (her mother had legal custody of him), and eventually being taken in by the police after she and her son were found hiding in a closet. After all that drama, it would be nice if this update on McCready's life was a happy one … but it's not. Tragically, David Wilson -- McCready's boyfriend, and the father of their 9-month-old son -- committed suicide on Sunday.
It's a particularly awful twist, not only for Wilson's grieving family, but also because it seemed like he was so important to McCready and her sons. For a woman who's had so many personal troubles in recent years (including drug addiction and multiple suicide attempts), this must be an unspeakably painful blow.
David Wilson stuck by McCready during the 2011 incident when she took her son Zander from his legal custodians, and in fact it was in his Arkansas home where authorities eventually found the mother and child. He also supported her during the ongoing bitter custody fight between Zander's father, McCready, and McCready's parents. Last February, McCready successfully petitioned for Zander to stay in Arkansas instead of being returned to McCready's parents' home in Florida, although he was placed in foster care.
(I guess that side of things is a whole different story, but oh man, that poor kid.)
During that whole craziness in December of 2011, McCready announced that she and David Wilson were expecting twins, but it turns out that "a misinterpreted sonogram supported Mindy's initial feelings that she was carrying twins, but it was later discovered she was only pregnant with one."
That child is now a 9-month-old boy named Zayne.
David Wilson was only 34 when he took his own life on Sunday. According to the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson died shortly after authorities responded to his home on a report of a self-inflicted gunshot.
In a statement, McCready said,
Today, we mourn the loss of my life partner and my children's father, David Wilson. David was my soulmate; he was a caregiver and guiding hand to our sons, Zander and Zayne. He was a precious gift from God to all of us and, yesterday, he returned home and is now with his mother and father.
What a horrible tragedy. I feel particularly bad for those kids, and I hope McCready is able to stay on track during the days to come -- and be strong enough to get help if she needs to.
Had you been following Mindy McCready's story lately? Are you shocked to hear about what happened with her boyfriend?
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