Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly have split after two-and-a-half years of marriage.
In a joint statement, the couple explained that the decision came “after a very long period” of trying to make it work. Unfortunately, they announced their separation on July 3.
“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,” the country artist and her singer-songwriter ex began the statement, first shared by the Associated Press. “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 statement continued by saying, “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,” before explaining the reason behind the couples’ breakup. Apparently, their marriage “simply didn’t work.”
“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,” they said. “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.”
Despite this seemingly amicable decision, People reports that both Musgraves and Kelly have both deleted their Tennessee wedding photos from their Instagram accounts. The couple tied the knot in 2017, just a year after meeting at a songwriters’ showcase in Nashville.
“His songs made me really emotional,” Kacey Musgraves told Glamour in March 2019. “I thought, ‘This guy’s really clever, whoever he is.’”
According to the “Golden Hour” singer, their romance moved at warp speed after that. Just two months after meeting, he came over to her house to write. “And then it was ‘That’s all she wrote.’ Pun intended. Everything was right,” she continued. “I didn’t have to shift any part of my personality to make it fit together, which isn’t really something I’ve had before.”
Their relationship became a major source of inspiration for the artist throughout the years.“That whole time period was a big opening of heart for me,” Musgraves said. “I started to see the world in a more fond, pretty light. After meeting this person who really allows me to just be myself, not have to walk on eggshells for any reason, songs started pouring out.”