Carly Pearce Opens Up About Michael Ray Divorce, ‘Hardest’ Year of Her Life

by Chris Haney

Country singer Carly Pearce and her fellow country artist husband Michael Ray called it quits over the summer, and Pearce has opened up about their rough divorce.

The country musicians tied the knot back in October 2019. However, the Nashville-based couple shockingly announced their separation after Pearce filed for divorce in June 2020. Their marriage only lasted eight months to the surprise of many.

“This was a hard decision. It wasn’t something she wanted to have to do,” a source close to Pearce told People. “This hasn’t been a quarantine realization — it was a last resort.”

In November, Pearce spoke with People and said that 2020 is “single-handedly the hardest year of my life.”

In addition, she thanked People for letting her “share her truth.” She also hoped by opening up she could inspire others who could be struggling with similar issues. The singer posted her feature story in an Instagram post with the magazine’s front cover.

“What a year it’s been. Thank you @people for letting me share my truth. I hope it inspires anyone struggling that there’s hope coming in the perfect time. My story feature will be in the magazine on newsstands everywhere tomorrow,” Pearce posted on Instagram.

Carly Pearce Says Her Faith Helped Her Process the Divorce

The country singer did not share exactly why she chose to file for divorce. Yet, she did mention that she gave Ray numerous opportunities to make changes for the betterment of their relationship.

“I did everything that I knew how to do,” Pearce explained. “It takes two people to work on something … When you love somebody, you trust them.”

“This was something that I really took time to make sure I was doing the right thing. It was very clear that this was not the marriage that I wanted,” Pearce continued.

Carly Pearce says she’s still processing her failed marriage and that it’s been difficult. But, her faith has helped her heal and begin to move forward.

“I truly thought I was gonna die,” Pearce claimed. “There were moments I seriously did not know if I could breathe. It was awful. It is awful. But I think that what’s been awesome has been trusting myself. And trusting what I have always known, which is God won’t take me through something that he won’t bring me out of or bring good from.”

The musician isn’t giving up on love and a fulfilled life though. She says she still wants to find love within a healthy marriage and that she wants to have a family someday.

“I am hopeful,” she says. “I desire marriage… desire a family. Having divorce as a part of your story is hard. It’s a hard reality. It’s been hard for me to accept that and not be embarrassed or feel like I’m defined by that. But in reality, I know that I’m not. I’ve come to a place of just accepting that everybody has a journey, and this is mine — and the right person will be able to love me through that.”