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Kacey Musgraves Speaks Out About Ruston Kelly Divorce: ‘I Was Dying Inside’

by Emily Morgan
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Kacey Musgraves is giving her fans rare insight into her divorce from fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly. 

In a new interview with ELLE for the publication’s June/July 2021 issue, the “Slow Burn” singer spoke about her marriage to Kelly, whom she split from in July 2020. They separated less than three years after they tied the knot. 

According to Musgraves, if you asked her if she could have predicted the marriage’s demise, she would’ve laughed. At the time of her marriage, her career was taking off in monumental ways.  

“I felt, in many ways, on top of the world in my career,” the 32-year-old said. Kacey Musgraves took home top honors at the Grammys in 2019, winning album of the year for Golden Hour.

She even tributed Kelly during her acceptance speech, saying, “This album wouldn’t have been created without you.” Yet off the red carpet, things weren’t as they seem. “But in my personal life,” Musgraves recalled in the interview, “I felt like I was dying inside. I was crumbling, I was sad, I felt lonely, I felt broken.”

How COVID-19 Contributed to Kacey Musgraves’ Divorce

Musgraves also believes that the COVID-19 pandemic brought things to light she never saw coming— the beginning of the end of her marriage to Kelly. 

Instead of “not paying attention to my feelings or not really dealing with some things,” Musgraves said the lockdown forced her to reflect on her emotions in a way she had never done before. 

“Why did I make these decisions? How did I get here? How can I prevent myself from getting there again? Why do I keep choosing the same kind of people?” she said.  

In July of 2020, Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly released a joint statement, announcing that they had filed for divorce, saying, “It simply just didn’t work.” 

“We’ve made this painful decision together — a healthy decision that comes after a very long period of trying the best we can,” the couple said at the time. “We hold no blame, anger, or contempt for each other and we ask for privacy and positive wishes for us both as we learn how to navigate through this.”

Although they left the relationship amicable, Musgraves said she had a difficult time blaming herself. 

“I come from a family full of long marriages…It was hard to not feel like I was in some ways a failure,” Musgraves said. But she added that “there’s nothing more shameful than staying somewhere where you don’t fit anymore.”

Kacey Musgraves’ ELLE issue hits stands on June 8.