Published: Jun 17, 2011 2:38 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 17, 2011 2:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn - According to Music City News Media, country music recording artist Mindy McCready, whose career has lived and died by her own trials and tribulations, has filed suit against AMERICAN MEDIA, INC., the publisher of the national print publication, the National Enquirer, and her mother,GAYLE INGE.

The weekly tabloid magazine published a story earlier this month entitled “Shameful Mindy McCready Doesn’t Deserve To Have Child Back.”

The article, with information provided by Gayle Inge, who lives in Southwest Florida, suggests Mindy failed to appear at the most recent court hearing surrounding the custody of her son so-as to avoid taking a drug test, has not seen her son on more than one instance in the last twelve months, is an addict who has failed a number of drug tests, and is an unfit, bad parent who is shameless.

“What is shameful and heartbreaking is the unhealthy relationship I have endured with my mom over my lifetime. With the help of friends and therapy, I have realized how detrimental the relationship has been for me and I’ve worked hard to detach. I’ve tried to keep my personal life from being public,” McCready stated.  “But, every time I take a positive step forward, make healthy, personal decisions and move forward in my career, it seems my mother uses it as an opportunity to step into the picture to deflate me…to become the focal point…to use the press to step into the spotlight—at my expense.  In all honesty, I’m saddened it has come to this; but this is not a one-time, single event—to sell her ‘stories’ to The Star, The Globe and Radar Online.

“The statements contained in the National Enquirer article (on or about June 8, 2011) are personal attacks intended to inflict hurt and pain on Ms. McCready at the expense of the truth,” said her legal counsel, Andrew Douglas of Andrew Douglas, P.A. who filed the formal complaint. “It is also unfortunate that the National Enquirer published this story without first corroborating Mrs. Inge’s statements.”