Jewel Releases Statement About Her Divorce

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Jewel and her husband Ty Murray are divorcing after 16 years of marriage — and we finally know more about why.

The 40 year-old singer released a statement on her blog, explaining to her fans the reasoning behind the difficult decision.

“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,” Jewel wrote. “We have no desire to damage ourselves and each other in the process … 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.”

Jewel and Ty, a rodeo star, dated for 10 years before getting married in 2008; They welcomed their only child, son Kase in 2011.

“Oddly the very thing that Ty and I sought in coming together is the very thing we seek in separating,” Jewel continued. “We both value growth. And growth became tragically and undeniably stifled as a couple, and we believe we can find it again in setting each other free. 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.”

Check out the video for more about why Jewel says she is divorcing.

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