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SPLITSVILLE: Deitrick & Damita Haddon’s Secret Divorce Revealed

By Savannah Hicks/ EEW Magazine Staff

(EEW Magazine News)-Gospel recording artist and actor, Deitrick Haddon, recently dropped a major bomb via Facebook on August 14. After 15 years of marriage, he and his wife, Damita Haddon, have officially divorced. Though the news is just now hitting the public (Some industry insiders have known for a while.), Haddon says “Our breakup is NOT recent! It's been well over a year process. We have both been have repented & moved on!”

His ex-wife has not yet responded to his public disclosure of the split. The former Mrs. Haddon also managed to keep a tight lid on the news of the undoing of her marriage during recent radio and magazine interviews.

Though many will undoubtedly speculate about what went wrong, “D Haddy” says don’t expect to get any further details. “I'm very private about my personal life,” he explains, saying no one will be able to get him to speak on it again unless God leads him to share the testimony.

During his public social networking rant, however, Haddon did drop some clues about the cause of the split. “I think it's important 4 people to know that in your pursuit of ministry don't lose family,” he admonishes, indicating that ministry obligations eventually overshadowed the relationship.

Haddon continues, “It is possible to work so hard & be so driven that you lose everything!! I pray that in the future i find the balance of ministry & family!!”

In 2008, during happier times, the then couple shared their secrets to balancing ministry and marriage in an interview with AOL’s Black Voices.

Mr. Haddon said:

It's like a flow with us and it's no big deal. We've always known that we would do what we do. When we were dating before we got married, it's no different than it is now. We've always had an understanding that we both would be singing and going across the country and the world doing what we love to do which is singing and getting on stage and blessing the people. It's really easy for us. It's all about scheduling and when it's time to go home, take your butt home. I can't stay over a couple of days and hang out like I would like to with my friends. After I do a concert, I have to go home and see my wife because it's all about timing and scheduling. If I wait a couple of days to get home, she'll be gone on the road doing her thing. It's all about doing what you say you're going to do. When it's time to go home, go home and when it's time to leave, leave. It's no strain, no stress and no pressure. We don't have any kids yet so it's really easy for us.  

Apparently, it wasn’t that easy.

And the truth has now come pouring out all over Facebook and Twitter. Haddon says he and Damita have worked hard in ministry and “blessed many while bleeding ourselves! God is with us both but no longer as a couple!”

Instantly, many of Deitrick Haddon’s fans tweeted their support, with some noting that he is still a powerful man of God, to which Haddon responded, “If i was that powerful of a Man Of God i would still be married 2 Damita. I'm learning to have balance. You can win & lose @ the same time!!”

Jude 1:24 indicates that God is able to keep us from stumbling and erring: "Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." But we must rely on Him and put Him first in our lives in order for that to happen.

Many successful Christian leaders become so consumed with "ministry" that they forget their first ministry is to their family. Televangelist Benny Hinn admits that he made the mistake of neglecting his own family, causing a temporary split from his wife Suzanne in 2010.

The two have since reconciled.

No doubt, news of the Haddons' split has sent shockwaves throughout the Christian community, as Deitrick and Damita Haddon were viewed as one of the few stable couples within the Gospel industry.

Even though their marriage has crumbled, Haddon assures everyone, “Damita's doing well! I'm doing fine!”

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not happy about this, ima say it and i know i will get heat but....., unless there was adultery this gives younger ppl the idea that GOD is okay with you getting divorced when He is not. unless He(God) never ordained this marriage to begin with or someone messed up. Ministry is not a reason to get a divorce, because God will tell you to step down and fix your mess before HE will tell you to put away your wife. Sorry as far as i know family always comes first, if you dont want to get married you need to be like PAUL and stay single but if you are married THAT is your priority. you cannot have it both ways. Not happy about this at all, i hope they know u can't just divorce and go marry someone else, that is not ORDER. Saints are held to a higher standard regardless of the popularity is He a minister of music, if He is there aint no 'oh it just didnt work out'. there's mercy but # the truth hurts sorry.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentera

You got busy working for the Lord so you ditch your wife? Huh? What is really going on here. I fell like something is not being said.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShamica

Why am I not surprised? There was always something off about these two to me. I actually thought Deitrick Haddon was gay.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngel

God calls us to forgive, unless God is calling you to split because of immorality and only GOD knows the situation, there needs to be forgiveness. but as far as im concerned this is KINGDOM business not the world and the only concession GOD gives is death (spiritually or naturally) or immorality. so Im praying for God's will and reconciliation. God is not going to MOVE YOU ON, til you fix what you messed up. Then He may give you a second chance. Praying.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentera

@angel I felt they were an odd couple as well but only God knows why people get together.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentera

WOOW.reconciliation is possible.lets just continue praying for them and other industry couples because they are a target for the enemy,in JESUS NAME!

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteresums

I'm so sad to hear this. One of my FAV couples! I actually had the pleasure of meeting them both at separate times and they seemed to be really sweet and good natured. I would have never seen this coming.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShae

Something ain't right with this. That seems like and excuse and a cop out to me. But anyway my prayers are with them. Divorce is terrible. I've been through it myself. It's HELL.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLady Vee

Sad news for any Christian couple to divorce (unless there is domestic violence or infidelity), but sometimes we try to hold on to things that we shouldn't. They always appeared to love each other and their individual careers. Being married to a minister, I completely understand. If they are at work for 8 hours a day and at church for 3 hours a day (5-6 days a week), there is little time for anything or anyone else, including family. Sometimes as Christians, we get so caught up in going to church, ministering to others, that the people in our own homes are hungry for love and attention...that's not God's will. People are "wishy-washy", they will love you today, and can't stand you...today! Prioritizing is a MUST! It doesn't sound like the "ministry" led to the divorce, but the lack of commitment to the marriage. His focus could have been on work (outside of ministry), sports, partying...etc. If she communicated her needs (and wants) to him, and he still CHOSE not to make changes, then what was she to do? No one gets married to be alone.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTomeka

Wow really?

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

say whaaat??! I'm never gonna see 'Blessed and Cursed the same way again. @Shamica, I wholly agree!!

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammi

This kind of stuff just makes my stomach hurt. We are so self-indulgent as a culture. If we don't feel like doing something, we just quit, even marriage and say "I got too busy for that." This is crazy! I'm sorry.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterButterfly Mommy

I'm sure God is somewhere cringing right now and thinking don't leave your marriage in MY name. Please and thank you. smh

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSaundra McClure-James

@Saundra that's what im SAYING.

God didnt say that.. how you gonna say oh we repented, lets go back to be moguls in JESUS name SCHREEEEECH..wait..hold up! I mean you better go fix that, you think GOD gonna bless your career and you got a divorce to keep it. sorry try again.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentera

Say it ain't so! What is going on????

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Wow that is one reaching teaser of a headline.... secret divorce? Has the divorce been verified or is this an announcement of a split/separation? And what's the secret? Doesn't seem that they were purposefully hiding it. They just didn't talk about it and no one asked them about it. But ok....

The next point is this: why tell it now if they've not been together for a period of time? Why now? And the cryptic tweets aren't helpful.... leaves LOTS of room for speculation....

Anyhow, the news is sad to hear. They were a young couple who appeared to be on the right track in terms of being a useful example of marriage and (music) ministry.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Am heart broken - I wish I'd say it isn't too late go back and make things work! Divorce is never the solution. What can't our father do? The devil is a liar!

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKendi

i don't know all the details but i don't see anything in his comments that says they couldn't work it out. sad, sad news.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterangela

Now all of a sudden some of us think our thoughts about them are justified because they split...you say..."I always thought they were...." or "I saw it coming because...." Typical nature of human beings....!!! @a your first comment was on point...marriage is sacred to the point where the word says if two unbelievers are married and one becomes a believer it still doesn't warrant a separation/divorce...that's how big of a deal marriage is to God. The fact that they are divorcing doesn't mean the marriage wasn't God's will only that at times we might prioritize self/career/ambition to the point where we forget to be a wife or a husband or a parent....so some people come to realize that you communicated and saw each other more during the time you were getting a divorce than when you lived together.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKariuki

Well they did look like an odd couple indeed. Something just didn't seem right. Unless they was done form of adultery then I don't see the grounds fir divorce! Something doesn't add up. You can tell by his demeanor how he has gone way on another level of his ministry that some ppl have a hard time understanding or relating to. You can't blame your ministry for your divorce! God is a God of order! The Bible clearly states: 1 Timothy 3:5- "If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he can he take care of God's own church?" So I don't see any reason for divorce, I can understand legal temporary separation to seek counseling but that can also breed grounds for opening wrong doors! They should have fought for their marriage because as young person I feel they just made marriage a joke. God hates dividers! What ever happen to the vows for better or worse! Hmmm.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPrettyp

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