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Jewel, Ty Murray divorce: Country star confirms breakup on blog, 'best' for son

Jewel is getting a divorce from husband Ty Murray; the country star has confirmed the shocking breakup this morning on her official blog. Although the popular folk singer has enjoyed 16 years together with Murray (six years in official marriage), Jewel said that the two are going their separate ways for their own best interests and those of their only son, Kase. KRON 4 News shares this latest celebrity split and Jewel’s own words on the sad issue this Wednesday, July 2.

Jewel divorce from husband Ty Murray a celebrity shocker
Jewel divorce from husband Ty Murray a celebrity shockerPhoto by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In a move she describes as difficult and heartbreaking, Jewel is filing for divorce from her husband Ty. Few rumors surfaced about the couple going through marital problems, but the country folk singer took to her blog today to directly tell her fans that she and Ty are going through a formal breakup — and explaining why. It appears that the Jewel, Ty Murray split is relatively amicable, as Jewel still calls Murray her “husband, her friend, and her partner of 16 years [of marriage.]”

"Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together," Jewel writes. "We have no desire to damage ourselves and each other in the process ... while we learn to redraw ourselves in whatever new shape we find as separate people who are still striving to be the best versions of ourselves -- as humans and as parents."

For those who haven't kept up on the country duo's love affair, Ty Murray, known for his skills as a professional cowboy at the rodeo, married Jewel back in 2008. The longtime singer and the classic cowboy had been dating for 10 years before their marriage, and had a single baby boy together. Their son, Kase, was born in 2011, and Jewel mentioned in her blog post that this divorce decision is what's ultimately best for them, and in turn, him.

"Oddly the very thing that Ty and I sought in coming together is the very thing we seek in separating," Jewel says in her blog. "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."

According to WMUR News, Jewel didn’t simply focus on the breakup in her heartfelt message. She also wanted to take the opportunity during this personally challenging time to thank all of her country music and folk music fans for their support over the years. She admits that both her career, her music, and her life has gone through its share of changes and struggles, but she is the better for them and could never have done it all without the love of those around her.

"I am forever grateful for the acceptance and compassion I found in my fan base as I shared my deepest hurts and shames alongside my moments of inspiration and truth," the singer says. "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."

Ty Murray hasn’t offered any similarly earnest statement on a blog or social media site regarding his divorce from his celebrity wife, but both he and Jewel did provide a joint comment about the confirmation of their divorce. They said that their dedication to their son Kase remains strong and steadfast. Even if they aren’t united in marriage, both parents seem determined to remain actively involved in their boy’s life and work together as partners to watch and help him grow.

"Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son," the couple say. "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, as we wish only what is best for our son."