LATEST: Bruce Springsteen put on a public loving show of solidarity with his wife PATTI SCIALFA yesterday (29AUG06) - further rubbishing bogus reports they had split after 18 years of marriage. The BORN IN THE USA icon joined Scialfa to watch their daughter JESSICA, 14, compete in the Hamptons Classic junior show jumping event in New York State, reports the New York Daily News. Springsteen was said to have separated from Scialfa in secret, after he fell for a 9/11 widow he met when he organised TV telethon, AMERICA: A TRIBUTE TO HEROES. But Springsteen writes on his website, "Due to the unfounded and ugly rumours that have appeared in the papers over the last few days, I felt they shouldn't pass without comment. "Patti and I have been together for 18 years - the best 18 years of my life. We have built a beautiful family we love and want to protect and our commitment to one another remains as strong as the day we were married."