UPDATE (8/28/13): Joey Fatone refuted the split rumors to Omg! Insider, saying "We're still married ... When you're on top, people try to knock you down." OK, mister: Carry on!
Joey Fatone’s week started with an ‘N Sync reunion, but now it’s come to this.
According to Star magazine (via RadarOnline), Joey and his high school sweetheart wife, Kelly Baldwin, have separated.
Joey, 36, and Kelly were married in 2004 and have two daughters, ages 12 and 3. Star says they've been living apart since February. “They pretend Joey is traveling for work, but really he just stays with friends." Joey recently reunited with Justin Timberlake and 'N Sync at the MTV Video Music Awards, and last fall he was on Dancing With the Stars All-Stars.
The Star report references accusations that Joey had an affair with a fellow DWTS contestant, back when he competed the first time in 2007, and a source said when he returned in 2012 he flirted with women as if he was single and never wore his wedding ring.
Star approached Kelly about the separation news and they say she didn't deny it; she just told them, "I really don't want to talk about this." Can't really blame her. The report claims she has quietly started dating someone new.
Is there any way this is just a misunderstanding? A couple taking a break? Not all marriages include spending every moment together, so maybe they can work this out. We'll retain hope until Joey or Kelly comes forward with an official "Bye Bye Bye" split statement.