Kelsea Ballerini On Divorce: ‘It Just Didn’t Work Out’
On August 29th Kelsea Ballerini announced that she was divorcing her husband of five years, Morgan Evans. On CBS This Morning today (10/3), she talked about the aftermath of the decision to end her marriage announcement just weeks before she released her Subject To Change album (9/23).
Kelsea told CBS’s Anthony Mason, “I think when there’s a big life decision like [divorce], it’s not a sudden one, and there’s a lot that happens before that becomes public. So, I’m on my active healing journey, and a big part of that is showing up for this album and showing up for myself like I never have.”
Ballerini also said that she was really proud of herself for doing what makes her happy instead of everyone else. She said, “I’m a peacemaker, we’ve talked about this before, and I’m a people pleaser, so to do something that kind of goes against those two things is really difficult.” She noted, “It’s easy to shame yourself, and it’s easy to want to hide and I just want to be proud of myself in 10 years on this season of my life. This is not just a heavy time in my life. This is also a celebratory time in my life. I don’t want to shade that because that’s important to feel.”
But she added, “It’s rough. It’s also rough like it’s not chaotic, it’s not like volatile, it just didn’t work out, and that sometimes is like a difficult narrative to get your head around when you’re just like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is a good person, and I’m a good person, and this is just no longer good anymore.'”
When Ballerini announced she was divorcing, she wrote a lengthy message to fans on Insta stories, saying in part, “I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce. This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end. It’s hard to find the words here… but I feel extremely grateful for years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the next seasons.”