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Country singer Kacey Musgraves and fellow musician Ruston Kelly announced today that they have applied for a divorce. The singers, who met in Nashville in 2016, married on October 14, 2017. While accepting the album of the year at the 61st Grammys for the critically acclaimed 2018 album Golden hourMusgraves thanked Kelly for his support. “I really think I wouldn’t have this album if I hadn’t met you and you didn’t open my heart as much as you did, so thank you very much,” she said. Kelly is best known for his 2018 studio album Dying star, on which his wife delivered backing vocals.
“With heavy but hopeful hearts, we wanted to air our own thoughts on what was going to happen,” Musgraves and Kelly said in a statement to Associated Press Friday. “These types of announcements are constantly being reviewed and speculated, and we want to stop them before they even start. We believe that we have been put into each other’s life for a divine reason and have both infinitely changed for the better. The love we have with each other goes far beyond the relationship that we shared as a husband and wife. It is a soul connection that can never be erased. “
“We made this painful decision together – a healthy decision that is made after a very long time in which we do our best,” it continues. “It just didn’t work. Even though we separate in marriage, we will remain true friends for the rest of our lives. We have no guilt, anger or contempt for each other and we ask for privacy and positive wishes for both of us when we learn how to deal with it. “