Jewel & Ty Murray Split After 16 Years Together: What Happened?

Jewel and Ty MurrayAnother celebrity romance has met its end. After six years of marriage, Jewel and Ty Murray have announced they are divorcing.

The singer revealed the news in a blog post on her website: "My husband, friend, and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce." Then she went on to explain the reasons why they have made this decision.


She wrote:

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. For some time we have been engaged in private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than with malice.

It’s not surprising that the multi-platinum-selling singer, who has always been revealing about her life in her lyrics and her poetry, would share this news directly with her fans. And unlike Gwyneth Paltrow, who was mercilessly mocked when she revealed her “conscious uncoupling” from husband Chris Martin, it’s doubtful that Jewel will suffer the same fate with her “tender undoing of ourselves” description of splitting.

That’s because unlike Paltrow, who has always had a rarefied air in her privileged A-list movie star world and Goop-ified lifestyle, there’s something no-frills and relatable about Jewel. She and her rodeo-star husband were together for 10 years before tying the knot. The parents to son Kase, who turns 3 next week, have had a tabloid-free relationship living mostly out of the glare of the spotlight on a ranch in central Texas. While Paltrow often comes across as an ice queen, Jewel seems like that down-home friend you’d sit on the porch with and catch up over a glass of iced tea.

And, like many long-term couples, sometimes the end comes because a relationship just runs its course. It’s better for both parties to go their separate ways rather than resentment take the place of love. Writes Jewel:

We have been so aware that it is easiest to use the inertia of anger to leverage two souls apart who have been bound together by so much living. By a child. But we did not want anger to burn the ties that bound us. Instead we have chosen the much more difficult task of undoing ourselves stich by stich, and releasing each other with love so that we may take on our new form: dear friends and devoted co-parents of our beloved son Kase. We have no desire to damage ourselves and each other in the process.

Good for Jewel and Murray for realizing that the difficult step of divorce -- as painful as it is -- makes sense for them as people and parents. And to that end, Jewel released a joint statement about their future co-parenting Kase together.

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 -- we wish only what is best for our son.

Though the news of Jewel and Ty Murray’s split is sad, we hope they can find peace together as they figure out the next chapter of their lives.         

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