Willa Ford and Husband to Divorce

Willa Ford and husband Mike Modano, who married in Athens, Texas, in 2007, are going their separate ways.

“It is with great sadness that after five years of marriage, Willa and Mike have decided to divorce,” they tell PEOPLE in an exclusive joint statement through her rep. “They remain friends and wish each other success and happiness.”

Willa Ford Marries Hockey Star in Texas

Singer-actress Willa Ford married longtime beau and Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano in Athens, Texas on Saturday, her manager tells PEOPLE.

The 26-year-old Ford, who competed in season three of Dancing with the Stars, exchanged vows with Modano, 37, in an early evening ceremony held at a private ranch in front of 75 guests.

The bride wore a wedding gown she designed herself.

Newly Engaged Willa Ford Didn't Date Dancing Partner

Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Willa Ford knows that her engagement to Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano will come as a surprise to many fans, who believed she was having a romance with her professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she tells PEOPLE.

Willa Ford Engaged to Hockey Player Beau

Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Willa Ford and hockey player Mike Modano are engaged to be married.

“Look, I’m engaged,” Ford told Extra at the Arby’s Action Sports Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday where she showed off a sparkler.

Behind the Scenes at Dancing with the Stars

He’s the Man

Now that Emmitt Smith is the Dancing with the Stars champ, does the football star’s wife Pat have any apprehensions that he’ll have a big head? “Not at all,” she told us. “He’s going to be so easy to live with.”

Pop Stars Ford, Carter Now 'Friends'

Pop singer Willa Ford, 20, and her 21-year-old ex-boyfriend, Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys, who broke up last October after three years of dating, are still friends, she’s told the Associated Press. After all, they share five dogs, with custody divided as follows: Ford has the teacup Pomeranian, a miniature Maltese and a pug, and Carter has another pug and a boxer. “We learned a lot together,” Ford said of her relationship with Carter. “We went through so much at such a young age.