Kelsea Ballerini Details The Reason Why She Felt Compelled To Divorce Morgan Evans

Kelsea Ballerini is opening up more about her divorce from Morgan Evans. During a recent interview with Tell Me About It With Jade Iovine, the “HEARTFIRST” singer talked more about the split, which happened in August of 2022. She says…

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Posted on December 14, 2022

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Morgan Evans, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski

Kelsea Ballerini is opening up more about her divorce from Morgan Evans.

During a recent interview with Tell Me About It With Jade Iovine, the “HEARTFIRST” singer talked more about the split, which happened in August of 2022. She says that she’s always been “really intuitive and in tune” with herself and that she trusted her instinct that the relationship was over.

“For a while, it was kind of like, ‘Okay, this is just a new phase of a relationship,’” she revealed. “Because relationships go through seasons, right? And it’s not always going to be butterflies and rainbows. For a long time, I was like, ‘Oh this is just – the glitter wears off. That’s what happens.’ And then you get into a phase where you wait for it to come back. And then sometimes, it doesn’t.”

The 29-year-old country star concluded that it was healthier to leave than stay in a marriage that wasn’t working.

“At the end of the day, it is such a disservice and a dishonoring of yourself if you know something is not right and you stay,” she continued. “Shame is the one thing that I just refuse to feel. Judge me for it. Fine, that’s on you.”

She said that she has had a lot of support from her friends. After the divorce, a longtime friend moved into her house, and she hasn’t spent any nights alone since the move. She also spent much of the fall on tour in support of her latest record.

“Whether it was my mom or my dad or my friends, I’ve had people really rally for me and I’m not ready to be alone yet,” she said. “And I don’t think that I’m avoiding anything because I’m definitely in my feels. I really want to heal properly. But yeah, I don’t think that’s what I need right now.”

The divorce was finalized in November.

“That’s what’s going on here,” she said on the evening that she went from picking up keys to her new home straight to the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. “There’s – in my last song, [the track contains the lyrics] ‘There’s no judgement or keeping score.’ The truth is that I started my day at the courthouse finalizing my divorce, then getting nominated for a Grammy, then getting the keys to my dream home and now standing in the circle at the Opry.”

Morgan Evans released a deeply personal reflection on his side of the divorce in October. “Over for You” speaks to his desire to maintain things and work on the relationship, but not being sure when it felt like a hopeless effort to his ex-wife.

He also teamed up for a single with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer this year. The tracks are seemingly from a new project which doesn’t yet have a release date. His full-length debut was released in 2018, and he’s largely stayed on a singles-only cycle since the effort. 

Ballerini is still celebrating the release of her own SUBJECT TO CHANGE. The album covers a lot of ground, as she worked on it throughout the time that she was splitting from Evans. 

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