Country superstar Kacey Musgraves and husband, fellow singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly have called it quits after two-and-a-half years of marriage on Friday (July 3).
The couple announced the news exclusively to Associated Press, revealing that Kelly filed for divorce, however said that they’ve “made this painful decision together” and “will remain true friends for the rest of our lives.”
“With heavy but hopeful hearts we wanted to put our own thoughts into the air about what’s happening. These kinds of announcements are always met with scrutiny and speculation and we want to stop that before it even starts. We believe that we were put into each other’s lives for a divine reason and have both changed each other infinitely for the better. The love we have for each other goes far beyond the relationship we’ve shared as husband and wife. It’s a soul connection that can never be erased,” the emailed statement to AP read.
The statement continued: “We’ve made this painful decision together — a healthy decision that comes after a very long period of trying the best we can. It simply just didn’t work. Though we are parting ways in marriage, we will remain true friends for the rest of our lives. We hold no blame, anger, or contempt for each other and we ask for privacy and positive wishes for us both as we learn how to navigate through this.”
The couple married in October 2017 in Tennessee, after meeting in Nashville in early 2016 at the iconic Bluebird Cafe while attending a songwriters’ showcase.
Kelly inspired Musgraves’ career-changing album, Golden Hour. Kelly wrote his song “Just For The Record” with Jarrad Kritzstein and Lucie Silvas and Musgraves lent her vocals to the track for the studio version of the song.
Kelly has a new album on the way entitled, Shape & Destroy, which is set to release on August 28. The album will feature background vocals from his ex-wife Musgraves.