Kelsea Ballerini files for divorce from Morgan Evans: ‘Deeply difficult decision’

Kelsea Ballerini files for divorce from Morgan Evans: ‘Deeply difficult decision’

It’s over for Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans.

The “Heartfirst” singer, 28, filed for divorce from the “Kiss Somebody” musician, 37, on Friday after nearly five years of marriage, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

“They’ve been working on their marriage for a very long time. Prior to that, they once privately separated and had been in therapy for several years,” a source told PEOPLE. “They did their best but unfortunately came to the decision to officially part ways.”

Morgan Evans (L) and Kelsea Ballerini

Morgan Evans (L) and Kelsea Ballerini

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Ballerini addressed the split on her Instagram Story on Monday morning, writing, “My friends, I have always done my best to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while protecting layers of my personal life as I go. and as they unfold. This is now a public record, so I wanted you to hear directly from me that I am in the process of getting a divorce.

This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth and effort that has finally come to an end. It’s hard to find the words here…but I feel extremely grateful for Morgan’s years of marriage and hopeful for the seasons to come.

With very busy schedules ahead, keep in mind that we are both fragile, actively healing and doing our best.”

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kelsea ballerina and morgan evans

Kelsea Ballerini/instagram Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini

The country singers first met in March 2016 while co-hosting the CMC Awards in Evans’ native Australia, got engaged in December and married a year and a half later at a an intimate ceremony by the ocean in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Ballerini told PEOPLE in November that she and Evans are big believers in couples therapy and go to it “all the time.”

“We have some really great couple friends that we vacation with, but we can also sit down and have tough conversations,” she said.

In his poetry book Feel your way throughreleased last November, Ballerini also opened up about how her parents’ divorce when she was young affected her future relationships and views on marriage.

“I swore I was never going to get married,” she told PEOPLE at the time, adding that her parents had a “super messy, very long separation.” “For so long I just thought of their marriage as their divorce. As I got older I was able to have conversations with them about their marriage, before the divorce and I realized there was beauty there, there was love there at one point. It helped me realize that I could find that.”

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kelsea ballet flats

Getty Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini

Because of their separation, she said she never thought of the wedding “as a fairy tale, a kind of thing that takes place at sunset”, but something that was “worth” the work.

In April, Ballerini once again touted the benefits of the therapy for in additionsaying that she and Evans go both separately and together.

“I think it’s really important,” she said. “Obviously, we have a weird life. Like, we’re both very busy and don’t spend as much time together…And just try to find, like, the things that work for us.”

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Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini

Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini

The double Grammy nominee is currently gearing up for the September 23 release of her new album Subject to change. Ballerini announced the album, his fifth, in July, and said he was largely inspired by his newfound ability to accept change and all that comes with it.

“In my younger years, the idea of ​​change frightened me. It turned out to be a faceless force that shaped my past with uncertainty,” she said in a voiceover shared on social media. “It was only in the gift of growth that I learned that in the brutal and constant juxtaposition of life, life happens. That when I unclench my fists, dig up my heels and unravel the architecture built by youth, a true metamorphosis can occur.”

“Ooooooh here we go…🔥🔥🔥” Evans commented at the time.

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