When Sordid Lives star Jason Dottley married his long-term partner, playwright-filmmaker Del Shores, in 2003, the couple imagined that theirs would be a love to last a lifetime. Together, the couple fought hard for marriage equality, becoming poster boys of the movement.
That was, until Shores announced via Facebook in late 2011 that they were splitting. In his post, he wrote, “This was not what I wanted, but I must now accept what Jason wants.”
Disappointed fans waited to hear Dottley’s reason for leaving, but their wait was a long one. Dottley, a Mississippi native who is in his early 30s, chose to remain silent.
Even Shores said in an interview with the Dallas Voice that he didn’t know why Dottley departed.
“Let me put it this way,” he explained to reporter Rich Lopez. “I come up with reasons I don’t cast certain [actors>, but the bottom line is, I don’t want [them”> to play this role. … The bottom line was Jason said, ‘I don’t want to be married to you anymore.’ And there was no negotiation on any level.”
Now Dottley says he is ready to break his silence. More than that, he is eager to experience love again. He sings about it in “Love Story,” the recently released song that he wrote.
This slice of ’80s pop, layered with emotionally compelling lyrics, is the first of the three parts of Dottley’s Love Story Project, which will also include a music video and a Love-U-Mentary documentary film.
You made your marriage with Del Shores public.