Sarah McLachlan splitting from husband

Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:40pm EDT
 
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By Gary Graff

DETROIT (Billboard) - Canadian pop singer Sarah McLachlan is splitting from her husband of 11 years, and is sharing her grief with fans in two new songs.

"U Want Me 2" and "Don't Give Up on Us" both appear on her upcoming greatest hits album "Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan," which comes out October 7 via Arista Records in both a single-disc version and a two-CD deluxe package.

"I'm separating from my husband, so these are the songs about that," McLachlan, 40, told Billboard.com.

McLachlan and her husband Ashwin Sood, who plays drums in her band, reside in Vancouver. They have two daughters, six-year-old Ann Sushil and Taja Summer, 14 months.

"I wasn't planning on saying anything," McLachlan added, "but it's gonna come out at some point. I haven't said anything about it because I've been terrified to, but I figure ... there's no good time to say it, so I just said it."

McLachlan called the situation "pretty gross" but did not elaborate on reasons for the separation or the couple's future plans.

She described "U Want Me 2" as "about that really uncertain, confusing place at the end of a relationship when there's no communication or closure, everything's still up in the air and there's a lot of anger and sadness. It's sort of that working through 'How do we move forward ... with some dignity and grace."

"Don't Give Up," she said, is "pretty self-explanatory, basically just a plea to give it another chance and keep trying."   Continued...

 
<p>Musician Sarah McLachlan (R) and husband Ashwin Sood arrive at the 11th annual Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam benefit concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada October 7, 2006. REUTERS/Tiffany Brown</p>