Jewel has announced she is divorcing her rodeo star husband Ty Murray.
The pair, who have been together for 16 years, tied the knot in 2008 and have a three-year-old son together named Kase.
The singer, 40, shared the news in a lengthy message to her fans on her official blog on Wednesday, writing:
“We are taking the enormous and heartbreaking step of divorce. For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. We did not want anger to burn the ties that bound us. Instead we have chosen the much more difficult task of undoing ourselves stitch by stitch, and releasing each other with love so that we may take on our new form: dear friends and devoted co-parents of our beloved son Kase.”
Jewel and Ty want to make their split go as smoothly as possible for their son’s sake.
The singer later added a joint message with Ty, writing, “Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son. Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents.”
Jewel and Ty met at a rodeo in Denver, Colorado, in 1998, but waited 10 years before finally eloping to the Bahamas to tie the knot at The Cove Atlantis.
The pair, who share a 2,200-acre ranch in Stephenville, Texas, are taking their separation equally seriously.
Jewel wrote on her blog, “Oddly the very thing that Ty and I sought in coming together is the very thing we seek in separating. We both value growth. And growth became tragically and undeniably stifled as a couple, and we believe we can find it again in setting each other free. We truly believe we can find greater happiness apart than together, and this is why we are taking the enormous and heartbreaking step of divorce.”
She adds that she wanted to give the news herself, explaining, “I share all this with you because I wanted you to hear it from us. I also share it because I have learned in these 20 years of living my life honestly in front of you, to trust that you will all honor and have reverence for how difficult this journey is, and allow us our process as we not only grieve the loss of our marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes – for from all death we trust a phoenix rises”.
Are you surprised to hear they are divorcing? They appeared to be so in love.
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