Folk singer Jewel announced yesterday on July 2nd that her and husband Ty Murray are getting divorced. The couple have been together for 15 years and were married in 2008 after dating for ten years. They have one son together, Kase who was born in 2011. In her words to her fan base:
“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. 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.”
“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.”
Jewel also thanked her fans for supporting her throughout her career.
“I am forever grateful for the acceptance and compassion I found in my fan base as I shared my deepest hurts and shames along side my moments of inspiration and truth. 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.”
At close, Ty Murray also interjected his thoughts in a joint statement with his soon-to-be ex-wife Jewel:
“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, as we wish only what is best for our son.”
What a healthy way to let go of a marriage. I am all for positive relationships post marriage, especially when a couple shares a child together. What a leading example that should be practiced by others. I am glad that the media is shedding light on more amicable divorces. While “divorce” still has a negative perception, it puts some ease and hope to others that if “happily ever after” does not work out, you will not live a life full of resentment and carry a bitter-spirit.