Singer Jermaine Jackson's wife Halima Rashid says their lives would be better if they divorced.

The 61-year-old’s spouse, whom he married in 2004, filed for divorce earlier this week. “With a great amount of sorrow and regret, I announce that I am filing for divorce from Jermaine Jackson. We have enjoyed many good times during our marriage of nearly 12 years, but we have reached a point where our lives would be better and more productive if we are not married,” a website quoted Rashid as saying.

"I respect and care for Jermaine and his family, and feel blessed to have been a part of them. At this time, I ask that our friends, family members and the media respect the difficulty of this decision and allow us privacy as we move on with our lives,” she added.