Updated September 22, 2017, 6:40 a.m. PT: After the surprising news surfaced about Billy Bush’s split from his wife of 20 years, Sydney Davis, many began to speculate the reason behind the split. The couple had naturally been through quite a lot together, as is the very nature of marriage and relationships, but the most immediate bit of speculation on the reasons behind the split were traced back to the 2016 election scandal that Bush was involved in with now-President Donald Trump in which the two made derogatory remarks about women.
Now, sources close to Bush and Davis are commenting to Us Weekly that the incident with Trump has no bearing on Bush’s split (which may not be permanent according to initial reports), but remained vague about why they actually split. “Sydney is with the vast majority who knows he was a collateral damage in a hit job. She was more mad than anyone! Sydney fully supported Billy 100 percent throughout their marriage, especially during that time. She supported him more than anyone. They have been married since they were both young and worked really hard at making this marriage work, especially for their daughters. They are separated and are continuing to work to make their relationship better,” the source told Us Weekly.
The reasons may remain vague, but this situation is still disheartening to see unfold.
It’s been a year of professional upheaval for Billy Bush, and now, his personal life is apparently suffering as well. It’s just been announced that Bush and his wife of 20 years, Sydney Davis, are separating, at least for now. It’s unclear why the pair split, although it’s not tough to imagine speculation will arise that it’s because of the infamous “locker room talk” audio that was leaked in October 2016.
Billy Bush is proof that you can lose your job and wife if you laugh about "grabbing pussies"
But you can be president if you grab pussies.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 19, 2017
A rep for Bush told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday that he and Davis have gone their separate ways, though the split may not be permanent.
“They have separated for the moment to evaluate their life together,” the rep said. “They love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future.”
After the leak of that Access Hollywood tape that showed Bush laughing along while then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragged about being able to sexually assault women because he was famous, he was fired from his position on Today. There have also been reports about how his family responded to the controversy, including one that said Davis was “furious.” Bush denies that claim, though, and says Davis supported him “the whole way through.”
“She was very understanding,” he said. “She knows very well the man she married and who I am.”
But Bush has spoken himself about having to explain his actions to his 16-year-old daughter, Mary, who called him in tears after hearing the tapes. “I said, ‘Mary, it’s going to be OK. You know, don’t worry,'” he said. “And she said, ‘No. Why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus? Why were you playing along with it, Dad? It wasn’t funny.'”
Neither Bush nor Davis has publicly commented on their split, so we can only speculate about whether the “locker room talk” tapes played a part.