Rising Above the Rumors
updated 09/11/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/11/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It was quite a show of harmony for Springsteen and Scialfa, particularly in light of a published report that Springsteen had an affair with a 9/11 widow he reportedly met at a 2001 charity event. Calling those reports "unfounded and ugly," the famously private singer dismissed them on his Web site Aug. 28. "Patti and I have been together for 18 years—the best 18 years of my life," wrote Springsteen, 56, who wed Scialfa, 53, in 1991. "Our commitment to one another remains as strong as the day we were married."
As does their devotion to their three kids. In July Springsteen and Scialfa cheered for daughter Jessica, 14, at her five-day equestrian competition in Saugerties, N.Y., and shared quiet dinners out at several area restaurants. Back in Jersey, Bruce strolled the shore with sons Evan, 16, and Sam, 12, Aug. 22. The proud parents are still set to tour Europe together for two months starting Oct. 1 to promote Springsteen's latest album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. Till then, look out for more duets by the vintage vases. "They have been coming here for almost 20 years," says Barnaby, "and they seemed as happy as they've always been."