Five months after Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin introduced us to the concept of “conscious uncoupling” in announcing their divorce, “You Were Meant For Me” singer Jewel and her rodeo rider husband Ty Murray announced their split. Sorry, we mean “tender undoing.”
“My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce,” Jewel wrote in a long, emotional letter to fans on her official site. “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. 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.”
Jewel, 40 and nine-time world champion rodeo rider Murray, 44, have been married since 2008 and together for more than 16 years. The couple have a three-year-old son, Kase.
“We have no desire to damage ourselves and each other in the process. Who better than each other to bear witness to the heart ache of redefining our family?” she said in her “Dear World” letter, which also chronicled the difficulty of living in the public eye for more than 20 years.
“And who better as ally, while we learn to redraw ourselves in whatever new shape we find as separate people who are still striving to be the best versions of ourselves—as humans and as parents… We truly believe we can find greater happiness apart than together, and this is why we are taking the enormous and heartbreaking step of divorce.”