Springsteen-linked Divorce Battle Upsets Kids
The 12-year-old daughter of Bruce Springsteen's alleged mistress discovered her mother had reportedly been dancing in the dark with The Boss on an early morning TV news broadcast.
New Jersey businessman Arthur Kelly's claims that his wife "committed adultery" with Springsteen turned his divorce battle into a media event - and when it hit news shows, his estranged wife Ann had some explaining to do.
Ann Kelly explains her daughter learned of the allegations "while watching an early morning newscast on television".
In court documents, she adds, "She turned to me with tears in her eyes and started questioning me about the divorce."
Kelly, who has denied the affair with Springsteen, is petitioning to seal court records so she can "protect the minor children from the trauma and disruption to their lives caused by the media frenzy from the allegations".
According to U.S. news show Extra, which has obtained the petition, her children knew their parents were fighting but were unaware of their divorce until the Springsteen story broke.
She claims the media attention has been so overwhelming she has had to contact the police on three separate occasions "to have help removing (reporters) from my front lawn".
And she cancelled family plans to attend church services on Holy Thursday and Good Friday last week (09-10Apr09) over fears reporters would harass her kids.
In her plea to the New Jersey court, Ann says, "We are not public figures. I am a stay-at-home mom... If the records are not sealed in this case all of the private, intimate details of our family's life will be subject to public scrutiny. This is simply not fair to our children."
Kelly insists her only link to rock star Springsteen is they attend the same gym. The hitmaker has dismissed the reports.