Kelsey Ballerini files for divorce from Morgan Evans

finished for Kelsey Ballerini And the Morgan Evans.

“Heartfirst” singer, 28, Submit an application for divorce From “Kiss Somebody” musician, 37, on Friday after nearly five years of marriage, court documents obtained by the people emerge.

A source told PEOPLE, “They have been working on their marriage for a very long time. Before that, they had separated on their own once before and had been undergoing treatment for several years.” They did their best but unfortunately came to the decision to officially separate.

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Ballerini She addressed the split on her Instagram story Monday morning, I write, “Friends, I have always done my best to share my life with you in a real and fragile way, while protecting layers of my personal life as it unfolds. This is now a public record so I wanted you to hear directly from me that I am going through a divorce.”

This very difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth and effort that finally came to an end. It’s hard to find the words here…but I am so grateful for Morgan’s marriage years and hope for the seasons to come.

With very active schedules, please keep in mind that we are vulnerable, recovering effectively and showing the best we can.”

Morgan Evans and Kelsey Ballerini.
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The country singers first met in March 2016 while co-hosting the CMC Awards in Evans’ home country, Australia. I got engaged in December And the tie the knot A year and a half later at an intimate ocean-side party in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Ballerini Tell people in November She and Evans were staunch believers in couples therapy, and they went “all the time.”

“We have really good friends for couples that we vacation with, but we can also just sit with them and have tough conversations,” she said.

In her poetry book Feel your way throughPublished last November, Ballerini also discussed how her parents’ divorce when she was young affected her future relationships and her views on marriage.

“I swore I’d never get married,” she told PEOPLE at the time, adding that her parents were “so messy and really tall.” “For a long time, I viewed their marriage as their divorce. As I got older, I was able to have conversations with them about their marriage, and before the divorce, I realized that there was beauty, and there was love at some point. It helped me realize that I could find that “.

Morgan Evans and Kelsey Ballerini.

Because of their split, she said she never thought of marriage “as some kind of fairytale, riding into the sunset”, but something “worth” the work.

In April, Ballerini once again touted the benefits of the treatment additionalsaying that she and Evans go separately and together.

“I think it’s really important,” she said. “We obviously have weird lives. For example, we’re both really busy and can’t spend much time together… and we’re just trying to find things that work for us.”

Morgan Evans and Kelsey Ballerini.
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The two-time Grammy nominee is currently preparing for September 23 Release her new album changeable. Ballerini announced the album, her fifth, in July, and said it was largely inspired by her new ability to embrace change and all that comes with it.

In an audio comment shared on social media, she said, “In my younger years, the idea of ​​change terrified me. It proved to be an unknown force that shaped my past with uncertainty.” “Only in the gift of growth have I learned that in the stark and constant juxtaposition of life, life happens. And when I open my fist, remove my heels, and reveal the architecture built by young people, true transformation can occur.”

Evans commented at the time, “Oooooh, here we go… 🔥🔥🔥.”

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