After 16 years together and six years of marriage, Jewel and husband Ty Murray have decided to get a divorce. The longtime couple confirmed on Jewel's blog that they will be going their separate ways in an apparently amicable manner.
"My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce," Jewel wrote. "For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves."
The singer went on explaining that she and her husband have come to realize it is better for them to be apart than stay together and let angry feelings "burn the ties that bound" them. They are also committed to staying friends and co-parenting their 2-year-old son together.
"Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son," Jewel said.
As for the main reason why the singer-songwriter split from Murray, Jewel said it was their personal need to grow. "Growth became tragically and undeniably stifled as a couple, and we believe we can find it again in setting each other free."
Jewel and Murray married in the Bahamas in an intimate ceremony back in 2008 after dating for 10 years. They have just one child together, Kase, who turns 3 next week. While she mostly stayed out of the tabloids, Jewel claimed on her blog that she wants to stay honest with her fans and not hide her troubles.
"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," Jewel wrote. "And allow us our process as we not only grieve the loss of our marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes."
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