NIKKI SIXX On Split With Wife: 'The Kids Are Always My First Priority'

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has released a short statement regarding media reports that his wife, former "Baywatch" beauty Donna D'Errico, has filed for divorce from Sixx after nine years of marriage.

D'Errico is claiming irreconcilable differences and is seeking physical custody of their 5 year-old daughter Frankie-Jean and her 13 year-old son Rhyan from a previous relationship. D'Errico is requesting that the court give joint legal custody with child visitation to Sixx, and that spousal support and attorney fees be paid by Sixx as well.

Commenting on the media reports, Sixx said in a statement, "The kids are always my first priority. This is a private matter and I hope you will respect our privacy at this time."

To download a copy of the actual court document filed by D'Errico, click here (PDF file courtesy of TMZ.com).

The Sixx/D'Errico split is the most recent high-profile celebrity rock star marriage bust-up following on the heels of Heather Locklear filing for divorce from BON JOVI's Richie Sambora. Locklear, of course, was also married to Tommy Lee, of MÖTLEY CRÜE fame.

The couple separated after four years of marriage but D'Errico returned to the bassist after he completed a stint in rehab.

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