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Why did Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans divorce? Singer says she's ready to date again

Kelsea and Morgan first met in 2016 when they co-hosted Australia's Country Music Channel Awards together
UPDATED NOV 10, 2022
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans tied the knot in December 2017 (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans tied the knot in December 2017 (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Two months after deciding to end their marriage, Kelsea Ballerini, 29, and Morgan Evans, 37, officially separated on November 3, 2022. Fans of both musicians were saddened by the news, with Kelsea admitting, in an Instagram story on August 29, that it was “difficult to find the words."

Kelsea, who cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split, wrote, “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. This is now a public record so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce. This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end. 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.” Following this, Morgan said in a statement, quoted by iHeart, "I am very sad to confirm that after almost five years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways. I wish it were otherwise, but sadly it is not."


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Kelsea Ballerini took to Instagram to talk about her divorce (@kelseaballerini/Instagram)

Why did Kelsea and Morgan divorce?

Kelsea and Morgan met in 2016 when they co-hosted the Australian Country Music Channel Awards, Fox News reports. They got engaged that December and married a year later in December 2017 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A source told People that the couple did their best to make their marriage work. "They 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. They gave it their best, go but unfortunately arrived at the decision to formally separate," the source said.

Kelsea, who has discussed the separation in her album, 'Subject to Change' with lyrics that read, "It's that I'm subject to change, yeah. I guess, haven't decided if I'm gonna stay a brunette. A little unpredictable, I confess. That if one thing's the same. It's that I'm subject to change my mind and that's alright," said as stated by CBS, "There's a lot that happens before that becomes public. So, I'm on my, like, active healing journey. And a big part of that is showing up for this album and showing up for myself like I never have." She also told as per CBS Mornings, "It’s not chaotic. It’s not, like, volatile, it just didn’t work. And that sometimes is like a difficult narrative to get your head around when you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh. This is a good person. And I’m a good person. And this is just no longer good anymore."



In her poetry book 'Feel Your Way Through, 'published last November, she also discussed how her parents' divorce affected her future relationships and views on marriage. "I swore I was never going to get married," she told People. "For so long, I just viewed their marriage as their divorce. As I got older, I was able to have conversations with them both about their marriage, pre-divorce and realized that there was beauty there, there was love there at some point. That helped me realize that I could find that," said Kelsea, who is now keeping her personal life out of the public's attention.