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NEW YORK — Country singer Mindy McCready claims she broke off her relationship with Roger Clemens when the baseball star wouldn’t marry her, according to an interview set to air Monday on the syndicated TV show “Inside Edition.”
McCready, however, was quoted on the Web site of the New York Daily News on Monday as saying she didn’t want to marry Clemens.
McCready told “Inside Edition” she met Clemens when she was 16, not 15, as reported by the Daily News in April. She told the TV newsmagazine they met in a karaoke bar, that her relationship with the pitcher didn’t turn sexual until several years later and that the relationship lasted for a decade.
“Carrying on a relationship with him is not something I’m proud of,” she said, according to a partial transcript released by the show. “Roger Clemens is one of the most wonderful men I’ve ever known. … He treated me like a princess.”
Clemens in May denied having an affair with a 15-year-old but didn’t specifically address whether he had a romance with McCready. He issued a statement that “I have made mistakes in my personal life for which I am sorry.”
Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment Monday.
“We never had a meeting in secret,” McCready told “Inside Edition.” “We went on vacations together: We went to Palm Springs; we went to Las Vegas, New York City. I wanted him to do right by me … and when he wouldn’t, I broke it off.”
But McCready was quoted by the Daily News as saying: “I didn’t want to get married to him, and I don’t want to get married now. He should have done right by his family — a person is unhappy in their marriage and spending all their personal time with someone else, you need to do right by your marriage. He should have just told Debbie and been honest with her. If he didn’t want to be with her and wanted to be with me, he should have told her.”
McCready regrets any hurt inflicted on Debbie Clemens, the pitcher’s wife.
“I have nothing but remorse and nothing but sympathy for what she’s had to go through with this situation, and she has my utmost apology,” McCready told “Inside Edition.”
McCready released from jail in Tennessee on Oct. 31 after serving about 30 days for violating probation on a 2004 drug charge. She only had to serve about half of a 60-day sentence because of credits she received for good behavior and doing janitorial work in the jail, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department said.
Now 32, McCready was accused in June of falsifying her community-service records and charged with violating her probation. She received a suspended three-year sentence in 2004 for fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers.
“There aren’t words to describe how painful it’s been,” she told “Inside Edition.” “So painful, I haven’t wanted to live. … I’ve lived recklessly. I’ve made a lot of mistakes.”
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