Kacey Musgraves opened up for the first time about her recent divorce, explaining that while there’s no bad blood between herself and ex-husband Ruston Kelly, the experience did make her rethink the institution of marriage.
In an interview with Rolling Stone released on Thursday, the country singer revealed that there’s no drama behind the scenes of their breakup, things “just simply didn’t work out.” She continued, “It’s nothing more than that. It’s two people who love each other so much, but for so many reasons, it just didn’t work. I mean, seasons change. Our season changed.” One year after meeting at a songwriters’ showcase at the Bluebird Cafe, the Grammy winner and Kelly wed in Tennessee in October 2017. They announced their divorce after two-and-a-half years of marriage in July 2020 via a joint statement that read, “We believe that we were put into each other’s lives for a divine reason and have both changed each other infinitely for the better. The love we have for each other goes far beyond the relationship we’ve shared as husband and wife. It’s a soul connection that can never be erased.”
But Musgraves added that while the split was amicable, it did make her ask some big questions about the type of relationship she wants to have moving forward, citing famously unmarried, longtime couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell as two people who are “doing something right.” She said, “Part of me questions marriage as a whole, in general. I mean, I was open to it when it came into my life. I embraced it. I just have to tell myself I was brave to follow through on those feelings.”
The singer says her marriage also made her realize, “I think I live best by myself. I think it’s okay to realize that.” She added, “I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on growing up as a woman in the South and being a performer from a young age—we were told to please, to make this person happy. That has to imprint on your code. It kind of erodes boundaries. So I’m trying to examine things that may not be useful anymore and maybe unlearn some things.”
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