Is Carly Pearce Taking a Shot at Ex-Husband Michael Ray in New ‘Red Flags’ Post?

by Clayton Edwards
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Carly Pearce shared a post on Instagram earlier today that has people wondering if she’s throwing a little shade at her ex-husband Michael Ray. In the post, she reacts to relationship red flags as her song “Next Girl” plays. The caption, “It’s the red flags for me,” adds fuel to the flames of speculation.

Some have suggested that the song “Next Girl” is about Ray. The song sees Pearce taking the position of a woman warning her ex’s next potential conquest of his pattern of turning on the charm to hide his red flags. Pearce has stated that the track is not specifically inspired by her divorce. Still, people wonder if the lyrics are about Ray.

While this could just be a video that she thought would fit well with her single it is easy to assume that there is some connection to her divorce.

Carly Pearce and Michael Ray Left Room for Speculation

Carly Pearce filed for divorce back in June of this year. She and Ray have kept quiet about the reason behind their divorce. This has left the public to speculate on what happened. The singers shared the happiest moments of their relationship with the world. It is understandable, though, that they would like to keep the end of that relationship private.

Just months after filing for divorce, Pearce released “Next Girl.” The pinned tweet on Pearce’s Twitter profile talks about the creation of the track. In that tweet, she says that she needed to go back and listen to the music she loved in her youth. She took inspiration from the strong, sassy, straight=talking women of country music. Pearce looked to Reba, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and a few others. She co-wrote the track with those women, serial charmers, and 90s country music in mind.

“Next Girl”

Carly Pearce says the tune isn’t specifically about Ray, but the timing makes it seem otherwise. Some things in an article from People back in June make this song seem to fit a little better with her divorce.

The two really started to click at a small get-together at Pearce’s home. Shortly thereafter, they went out to a Nashville bar together. It was while out together that they felt the depth of their connection and soon became an item.

When talking about his proposal, Ray said, “I want this to make The Bachelor look like a date night at Applebee’s…I want this to blow her mind. I want her to have a movie moment that she’ll look back on forever.”

Listen to the lyrics of “Next Girl” and you can see why people are speculating.