Bruce Springsteen Defends His Marriage

Bruce Springsteen Defends His Marriage
Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa
Alex Brandon/AP

04/09/2009 05:45PM

Bruce Springsteen is responding to accusations that he had an affair with a woman whose marriage is now headed to divorce court.

According to divorce papers filed in Monmouth County, N.J. on March 27, Arthur J. Kelly alleges that his wife of 17 years, Ann. C. Kelly, had "committed adultery with one Bruce Springsteen, who resides in Rumson, N.J. and Colts Neck, N.J. at various times and places too numerous to mention."

But a publicist for the singer tells PEOPLE that Springsteen, 59, stands by a statement he released in August 2006 – when reports surfaced that he was involved in another alleged affair – which says his commitment to wife Patti Scialfa "remains as strong as the day we were married."

"I hesitate to use this Web site for anything personal believing it should remain a place where fans of my music can come free of the distractions that occasionally arise with the rest of my job," Springsteen wrote on his Web site at the time. "However, due to the unfounded and ugly rumors that have appeared in the papers over the last few days, I felt they shouldn't pass without comment. Patti and I have been together for 18 years – the best 18 years of my life. We have built a beautiful family we love and want to protect and our commitment to one another remains as strong as the day we were married."

Springsteen and Scialfa, 53, a singer with the rocker's E-Street Band, were married in 1991. The couple have three children.

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