The Velvet Teddy Bear Is Soon-To-Be Single

The wife Ruben Studdard met at a Wal-Mart CD signing in Atlanta will soon be his ex, after just three years of marriage.

Ruben Studdard

Wanted: Someone who can patch the heart of the Velvet Teddy Bear. Ruben Studdard, the husky fella with bedroom-y singing voice from American Idol, has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Surata Zuri McCants.

The couple has filed in Alabama, Studdard's home state, citing "irreconcilable differences," according to TMZ. A request for comment sent by SheKnows to Studdard's rep was not returned.

Studdard and McCants met each other at a 2006 CD signing at a Wal-Mart in Atlanta. According to Studdard, McCants wasn't a fan at first.

Their June 2008 wedding took place in Birmingham with Studdard accompanied by 20 groomsmen.

"Her best friend was one of my biggest fans," said Studdard to World Entertainment News Network. "My wife was a flight attendant at the time. (Her friend called) crying because she couldn't get off of work to get her CD signed."

"So my wife said that she would come and do it and she came through the line and told me the story about her friend and how much she loved me and I looked up and was just like, 'Yo, what about you?'"

Studdard won over Clay Aiken to take the American Idol title in its second season in May, 2003. Since then, he's released several albums and has acted, too.

Studdard is expected to release a new album, Letter from Birmingham, early next year and the work will include a collaboration with the late Heavy D. There's a Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend this weekend in Birmingham that includes a pasta dinner, a casino night and a half marathon. The theme of the event is to bring "health, wellness, fitness and fun to Birmingham," according to Studdard's website.

Photo courtesy of WENN

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Leah Sands July 01, 2013 | 6:30 PM

Sir Studdard, Take your rightful place and explore yourself, regrets and should-haves. A lot of folk will come to your rescue (for a small fee).Not the case here. Just take a staycation at your comfort spots and do a journal in a notebook. Start from the last page and work your way forward. If you need someone to talk to with absolutely no strings. I will find the time to have short chats. Hope to hear from you. Take care of your outer and inner voice.

Chan December 25, 2011 | 7:31 PM

Divorcing is not the answer. I despise a failing marriage. God loves marriages and he smiles on them. I love to see a family together, because a family that prays together, stays together.

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