Country couple Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw have split up after a row over her son.

Kershaw reportedly flew into a rage after JESSE - his wife's son by late country star KEITH WHITLEY - went hunting without adult supervision, and Morgan was forced to intervene when the argument became heated.

The couple have since taken out protection orders against each other.

Morgan says, "There are things between us that caused our love to lose its luster, things that made it difficult to harmonise well in our daily lives.

"It's my hope that we can move through this time as gently as possible."

The split is the latest piece of bad luck for both - Morgan has been divorced twice and her lover Whitley died of alcohol poisoning, while Kershaw has been divorced three times.

17/11/2003 09:50