‘Dexter’ Star Jennifer Carpenter Dating Married Folk Singer Seth Avett

Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter is dating married folk-rock singer Seth Avett.

The 32-year-old Avett married his wife Susan in 2008, but has been dating 33-year-old Carpenter since 2011.

An insider close to the Avett Brothers told Radar Online that the couple’s longtime affair destroyed Avett’s marriage.

“Shortly after Jennifer’s split with Michael [C. Hall, her Dexter co-star], she began seeing Seth. She would fly all over to his concerts to be with him,” the insider said.

“No one saw this affair coming from those closest to Seth, but he finally left his wife last winter to be with Jennifer.”

It wasn’t until Tuesday that Avett admitted on the band’s website that he and his wife have separated.

“My wife and I have decided to end our marriage. We have been separated for some time. As I’m sure you will understand, this is a very difficult and painful time for us and our families,” Avett wrote. “I want to wholeheartedly thank you for respecting our privacy in this matter and I ask sincerely for your prayers, support and understanding.”

Avett has also retired the song “January Wedding,” which is about his wife, from the band’s concert set. The insider said that he hasn’t performed the song “for quite some time.”

“And the latest album released by The Avett Brothers is called The Carpenter,” the insider added. “It’s not a coincidence.”

Jennifer Carpenter began dating Michael C. Hall in 2007, and the two eloped on New Year’s Eve 2008 in California. Less than three years later, in December 2010, the couple released a statement announcing that they had filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in December 2011.

Carpenter posted numerous tweets supporting her boyfriend and his band last year.

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