(Photo: Frederick Breedon)The country music world reeled in shock over the weekend when long-troubled singer Mindy McCready apparently committed suicide on Sunday, one month after her boyfriend David Wilson allegedly did the same. However, one person in McCready's life says he isn't surprised--and he's unfortunately having to deal with yet more troublesome aspects of the tragedy.
Today spoke with McCready's ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, who is also the father of her older son--who is currently hung up in foster care in Arkansas. "As sad as it is, it didn't come as a major shock," he noted. "She's just been battling demons for so long."
"I was around her when she attempted suicide twice, so I knew it was in her," he added. "I feel for her mother, her family, and especially my son--but I can't say that it shocked me."
Understandably, McKnight's main concern at the moment is his child, 6-year-old Zander, who was taken from McCready by state family services following the death of David Wilson. McKnight had filed a court request for full custody of Zander shortly after Wilson's passing, and now he wants his son back immediately.
"He shouldn't have been taken from me to begin with," McKnight asserted. "He has a happy home here, I can provide for him. It's just been a big mess. Enough is enough.
McKnight noted that his son is currently all alone at the moment except for his baby brother Zane. "He has no family in Arkansas--he has plenty of family who love him here. Cousins, aunts, uncles. He needs to come home."
"He's had a rough first six years," McKnight said. "He deserves better than this."
As for 10-month-old Zane--who was fathered by Wilson--McKnight says he doesn't know what will happen. However, he hopes the boy will be given to McCready's family, who live an hour and a half away from him.
"I'd like to keep those boys being brothers together," he told Today.