Morgan Evans is wearing his heart on his sleeve with his emotional new release, “Over For You.”
The heart-wrenching song was seemingly inspired by his highly-publicized divorce from fellow country singer, Kelsea Ballerini.
Evans first debuted “Over For You” at the CMC Rocks QLD festival in his native Australia in late September. Fan-captured concert footage from the concert revealed Evans seated at a piano delivering a chilling performance of the track.
Fans reacted to the song in the comments section of the YouTube video, praising Evans for sharing such raw and emotional lyrics.
“This song is so good, but if it hurts me to listen to it, I can’t imagine how much he hurts,” wrote one YouTube user, while another shared, “This is one of the most emotional performances I’ve ever watched.”
Throughout the lyrics, Evans appears to address the downfall of his relationship with Ballerini and seemingly confesses that he was blindsided by their breakup.
“How long have you been waiting to take our pictures down/ How long have you been breaking, why am I just finding out…How many times did you tell me you loved me if it wasn’t true/ I’m just wondering, how long has it been over for you?” he sings in the opening lines.
At one point he questions, “Was it something I was missing, or is there someone else?”
He later admits, “It would be easier if I hated you/ But I still miss the person that I thought I knew.”
Following the performance fans begged Evans to release “Over For You,” and on Friday morning, he shared a live recording of the tune.
“I wrote this song 3 weeks ago and we hit record at our show in Melbourne, Australia last Thursday. It was only the 2nd time I ever played it,” he shared. “The videos, comments and messages I’ve received from you all since have been overwhelming. It felt like the right thing to share it like this. Over For You (Live In Melbourne) is out now, everywhere you find music.”
Ballerini announced the couple’s divorce on August 29 via Instagram.
“Friends, I’ve always tried my best to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while also protecting layers of my personal life as they unfold,” Ballerini wrote. ”This is now public record so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce.”
The “Heartfirst” singer then said she will always cherish the memories that she made together.
“It’s hard to find the words here…but I feel extremely grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the next seasons,” Ballerini added. “With very active schedules coming up, please be mindful that we are both fragile, actively healing, and showing up the best we can.”
Evans later confirmed their split in a statement of his own.
“I am very sad to confirm that after almost 5 years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways,” he wrote on Instagram stories. “I wish it were otherwise but sadly it is not.”
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans met in March of 2016 while co-hosting the CMC Awards in Australia. The couple got engaged in December of 2016 and tied the knot a year and a half later in an intimate beachside ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
According to PEOPLE, Ballerini filed for divorce from Evans on August 26. A source told the outlet that the couple “have been working on their marriage for a very long time.”
“Prior to this they had separated privately once before and have been in therapy for several years,” a source also told PEOPLE. “They gave it their best go but unfortunately arrived at the decision to formally separate.”
Morgan Evans is wrapping up a tour in Australia and New Zealand. According to his official website, he will return to the states for a show in San Jacinto, California on October 22.