Jewel and her husband of nearly six years, rodeo star Ty Murray, are divorcing.
The singer took to her official blog today to share the news of their split, after 16 years as a couple.
“Dear World. It is infinitely strange to write those words, especially considering the personal nature of the topic, which is the purpose of my writing today. But the truth is I have lived my life in the public eye since I was nineteen. And while it is intimidating to live a life in the public, it has also been a privilege to make a living with my words, my thoughts, my feelings,” she wrote.
“Which brings me to this highly personal announcement today,” Jewel continued. “My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce.”
“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,” she explained. “For some time we have been engaged in a 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 malice.”
After explaining more about their decision to divorce, Jewel told fans why she chose to announce their split through her blog.
“I share all this with you because I wanted you to hear it from us, instead of the tabloids,” she wrote. “I also share it because 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- for from all death we trust a phoenix rises.”
Jewel and Ty wed in the Bahamas in 2008. The couple has one son together, Kase, who turns three this month.
Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.