Will Carly Pearce Throw Shade At Her Ex With Her ‘Diamondback’ Performance On ‘The Tonight Show?’

“Diamondback” is Pearce’s “go-off moment” from her album, ’29: Written In Stone.’


Lauren Jo Black

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January 3, 2022

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Carly Pearce; Photo by Paula Lobo, NBC, Drum Head Photo via Instagram

Country superstar Carly Pearce is set to make her debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (Jan. 3) and it will be a performance fans won’t soon forget. 

The country hitmaker is set to perform “Diamondback,” a track she co-wrote alongside fellow country superstar Kelsea Ballerini, Tofer Brown and Shane McAnally. 

The live debut of the song will certainly make a statement as it appears she’s throwing shade at her ex with a custom drum head that is an exact replica of the engagement ring Michael Ray proposed with in December 2018. 


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Fans picked up on the subtle dig hours ahead of the show after her drummer and tour manager, Mike Blong, shared a photo of his drum set. 

“The devil’s in the details,” wrote a Twitter user alongside photos of the drum head and a cropped image of Pearce flashing her engagement ring from 2018. The quoted lyric references Pearce’s song “What He Didn’t Do.” 

Another fan commented, “tell me this isn’t the exact same as the ring” while someone else shared, “OMG are you telling me she put an image of her former Ring on her Drum!?!? That is so awesomely savage and I love it!” 

Pearce previously opened up about the song “Diamondback,” admitting it was her “go-off moment” on her album, 29: Written In Stone. 

“I think it was the last song I wrote for this project,” Pearce said. “You try to do the right thing and you try to stay quiet, and I just stopped caring in that moment. I went, ‘Hmm … I gotta go there’ — and I did.”

Pearce and Ray divorced in the summer of 2020 following a whirlwind, eight-month marriage. 

Months after the divorce was finalized, Pearce released a career-defining project, 29. The seven-track release found Pearce putting her heart on the line with autobiographical songs that painted a picture of heartbreak and healing. 

Six months later, the Kentucky native expanded the project with the release of 29: Written In Stone. The 15-track project garnered praise from fans and critics alike and truly took Pearce’s career to new heights. 

Carly Pearce - Written In Stone Cover Art; Courtesy Big Machine Records
Carly Pearce – Written In Stone Cover Art; Courtesy Big Machine Records

She closed out the year winning the title of CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. She also took home two fan-voted Country Now Awards, with wins for Favorite Breakup Song for “What He Didn’t Do” and Favorite Collaboration for “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” with Ashley McBryde.   

Although Pearce sings about heartbreak, these days, she is quite happy in her personal life with boyfriend Riley King, a Nashville realtor and former MLB player. 

Over the course of the last year or so, the couple has slowly introduced their relationship via photos on their social media accounts.

In early November, during an interview with Audacy’s Gunner & Cheyenne, Pearce opened up about King, saying he’s one part of her life that she just wants to “keep private right now.” 


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She later admitted, “It’s a big commitment to go public with somebody,” and said that she already “learned the hard way that [going public too fast] can sometimes kick you in the butt.”

She went on to share that she didn’t want to put him “out into the world” like she has with previous relationships, but couldn’t help but to gush over him. 

“He’s hot. He’s so hot… And I’m certainly not trying to hide him, but certainly don’t want to exploit my whole thing,” Pearce said. 

Just days after the interview, Pearce and King made their public debut together at the 2021 CMA Awards. While the couple didn’t walk the red carpet, they were seated next to each other during the show and even shared a kiss on the nationally televised awards show after Pearce won the CMA award for Female Vocalist of The Year.

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