Trace Adkins accused of carrying on a Twitter flirtation (and possibly more) with actress

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And now the rumors begin …

The news that Trace Adkins' wife, Rhonda, had filed for divorce last month after 17 years together was a surprise to most fans. I think people just assumed that Trace's relapse and trip to rehab after years of sobriety had played a large part in the decision to separate, but now it looks like another woman might be at least partly to blame. 

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Neal McCoy wishes we’d all quit being so mean to Trace Adkins

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I've heard from various fans that they think all us media folk are being mean and unfair to Trace Adkins after he recently entered rehab. I'm not exactly sure why they feel that, but anytime a celebrity comes under media scrutiny there are always the fans who react like mama bears. It's just the way it is. 

Honestly, though, I can't think of a single story I've read where anybody has been anything but respectful to Trace. I'm not talking TMZ, they're never kind unless you're a Victoria Secret model in a bikini, but from everyone else I haven't heard name-calling or anyone making fun of Trace for entering rehab or anything else that might be deemed cruel. I just haven't read anything. Yeah, okay, TMZ released the pictures of Trace and his cruise ship argument recently, but I'm sure we all knew they would. But even those pictures were nothing bad, they were just pictures of an incident that people are interested in. 

Here's the thing, though. It's sort of the celebrities and Trace's friends at this point who are keeping us talking about this story. Once the pictures came out on Monday, I think most people were ready to move on. In fact, I think most people were ready to move on from the story once they heard that there wasn't an actual knock down, drag out fight like it was portrayed at first and instead it was just Trace getting in a guy's face. People had a little fun with the whole Trace fighting with his impersonator side of things, but after the first day and once the truth started trickling out, I think most people were ready to move on to the next story. 

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In defense of Trace Adkins’ impersonator, Michael Larsen

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A lot has been written about Trace Adkins and the events that transpired last week on the country cruise that ended up with the singer heading to rehab

In fact, I had a lengthy post about what I had dug up about Michael Larsen, the guy who fancies himself a Trace Adkins impersonator and who Trace got into an argument with on board the ship. 

Life being what it is, Trace has far more fans than Michael Larsen and so more people have come out to defend Trace. Well turns out Larsen does have at least one vocal fan and she wrote me this morning. 

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Is the guy Trace Adkins got into a fight with a stalker or just a super-fan?

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Update: Love & Theft's Stephen Barker Liles has pretty much confirmed in a new interview what I suspected in writing this story … Trace had gotten angry at Larsen for shadowing him for so long and following him to the cruise. Stephen also said that the guy had started signing autographs with Trace's name. Thankfully he says no punches were thrown between the two men. 

As you've probably heard by now, Trace Adkins' cruise this week ended up being anything but smooth sailing and Trace has since checked himself into rehab for alcohol. 

Since yesterday, I've heard from multiple people who are on the cruise that Trace was asked to leave the ship and didn't just leave because he felt the need to head to rehab. I'm happy he's gone back to rehab, no matter how he got there, but since yesterday I've been kind of curious what the story is with the guy Trace got into the tussle with. 

Up until now, all we've known him as is a Trace Adkins impersonator and that's been about it. 

Well in this day and age it doesn't take long for things to get around so now let me introduce you to Michael Larsen, the impersonator who is probably on minute 2 of his now quickly ticking away 15 who riled up country's resident gentle giant, Trace Adkins. 

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Trace Adkins enters rehab after fight on board cruise ship

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Well this story went from funny to sad in no time flat.

TMZ is reporting that Trace Adkins got into a tussle of some sort on Monday with a Trace Adkins impersonator in a bar on a cruise ship headed to Jamaica. 

Have to say I chuckled a bit when I imagined a big ol' Trace fighting a Trace look-a-like on a cruise ship out in the middle of the ocean.

Unfortunately, the story goes on to say that Trace, a long-sober, recovering alcoholic, was "really wasted" during the fight and ended up leaving the cruise ship when it docked in Jamaica and is now in rehab. 

Annnnd now I'm sad. 

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Trace Adkins to launch Christmas tour

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Christmas! Ahhhh! Christmas is by far my favorite time of year so it excites me to no end to see all the Christmas stories coming our way. 

The latest to announce some good Christmas cheer is Trace Adkins who announced today that he's heading out on a Christmas tour starting November 15. 

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