Heidi Newfield has announced in a tender blog to her fans through her official website that she has filed for divorce from her sports agent husband of seven years, Bill Johnson. Newfield and Johnson first met at a corporate fundraiser, and were married on June 4, 2006.

"I never thought I’d be sitting here on the road, writing out my thoughts and comments regarding the end of my marriage," Newfield wrote to her fans in the blog. "It is a very difficult and strange place to be. Obviously, I thought I was entering into a life-long partnership with my best friend, that we would celebrate the good times and work to make it through whatever tough times we may face in our future."

"Sadly, from the beginning, our marriage was never quite what it seemed on the surface," she continued to write. "We always looked good on paper. The successful country songstress, who came from nothin’ but horse rich and cash poor ... to making my way in this business and building solid work relationships and dear friends, to the successful sports agent who is gregarious, good looking, and fun. It seemed to make sense. I waited to give my heart away ... knowing I wanted to be a mother and a good wife. His timing was different ... and I tried. I can look myself in the mirror, put my hand on a Bible, or even talk to our mothers up in heaven ... and feel like I really tried. I gave it my best. Now, my best is best served by being true to myself. I still believe in love and I still want to believe in what marriage stands for"

Newfield asks her fans for "understanding, patience, and kindness" as she continues to sort her emotions as while dealing with the difficult situation.

"This journey I am on is far from over," the former lead vocalist to country trio Trick Pony said. "Through these ups and downs, I strive to learn be a better person, a better friend, and a better artist. They say the best songs come out of heart break. Well ... if that’s true, my best is damn sure yet to come."

To read Newfield's open letter to her fans in its entirety click here.