Maren Morris, the pop star who left country music behind, has filed for divorce from her husband Ryan Hurd, a fellow singer-songwriter. The couple, who have a 3-year-old son named Hayes, cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their separation.
According to the court documents obtained by People magazine, Morris filed the divorce petition in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 2, 2023. The documents state that the couple have been separated since that date and that they share joint custody of their son.
Morris and Hurd met in 2013 when they co-wrote a song for Tim McGraw. They started dating in 2015 and got engaged in 2017. They tied the knot in March 2018 at The Cordelle in Nashville. They welcomed their son Hayes in March 2020.
The divorce comes as a surprise to many fans, as the couple seemed to be happy and supportive of each other. They often shared photos and videos of their family life on social media. They also released a duet song, “Chasing After You”, earlier this year.
However, Morris recently revealed that she was leaving country music due to feeling “very, very distanced” from the genre and its politics. She said that she wanted to make music that reflects her true self, without being constrained by labels or expectations. Maren Morris also said that she wanted to reach a wider audience and explore new sounds and styles.
She released a new EP, “The Bridge”, in September 2023, which features six songs that showcase her pop and R&B influences. She also switched from Columbia Nashville to Columbia Records, which is known for its pop and rock artists.
Hurd praised Morris’ decision with a supportive Instagram post. He wrote, “She deserves to be celebrated, not just tolerated. I’m so sick of watching my wife get the s— kicked out of her by the internet. I’m sick of every talking head having some kind of stupid opinion about what she says. … She deserves a little sunshine for the burden she has carried for every artist and fan who feels the same way. I can’t wait for that first tour and to see all of the smiling and beautiful people who needed these songs and also need HER. I can’t wait to make music that follows the same path, whatever that is. Love you, MM. Keep on keepin’ on.”
It is unclear what led to the breakdown of their marriage and whether their musical differences played a role. Neither Morris nor Hurd have publicly commented on their divorce yet.
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