Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly to divorce after 2-year marriage: 'We made this painful decision together'

"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," their statement said


                            Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly to divorce after 2-year marriage: 'We made this painful decision together'
Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves (Getty Images)

Representatives of Grammy Award-winning singer Kacey Musgraves and her musician husband Ruston Kelly, confirmed on Friday, July 3, that the couple had filed for divorce. In a joint statement, Musgraves and Kelly said, “We've made this painful decision together.”

Earlier it was reported that Musgraves attended the Country Music Association Awards with Gigi Hadid as her date in November 2019. People magazine reported that they both had deleted their wedding photos from their Instagram accounts.

The statement given to the Associated Press read, “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," it added.

The statement further said, “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.”

Musgraves and Kelly, both 31, met in early 2016 while attending a songwriters’ showcase at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. On Christmas Eve, the same year, they got engaged. Musgraves broke the news on Instagram, writing, “I didn’t say yes…I said hell yes!" adding, "Last night, the best man I've ever met got down on one knee in my little pink childhood home..in the same room I played with my ponies and barbies and asked me the easiest question I've ever been asked. I finally know what everyone means when they say 'you just know'."

The two got married on October 14, 2017, in Tennessee. “Saturday, in a sacred place where two rivers meet and join together, I married my best friend … barefoot and surrounded by the deepest kind of magic and love that exists. I’ve never felt so tranquil and happy,” Musgraves, wrote on Instagram, sharing photos from the wedding.

She added, “We made our promises to each other under the trees and then drank and danced into the night. We couldn’t have done any of it without the help of our wonderful families and amazing friends.”

Musgraves and Kelly have collaborated musically. In 2018, they appeared on the song ‘To June This Morning’ from the album ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’, a project created from Cash's unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters set to music. In addition, Musgraves sang background vocals on Kelly's 2018 debut album, ‘Dying Star’.

Kelly is all set to release a new album, ‘Shape and Destroy’, on August 28, which will also include background vocals by Musgraves.

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