Kelsea Ballerini Talks Divorce, Says She Thought The Glitter Wore Off Her Marriage

Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans were divorced in November. Ballerini thought her marriage would rebound, but it didn't.

Kelsea Ballerini is sharing her reasons for calling off her marriage to fellow country singer Morgan Evans.

The "Heartfirst" singer revealed in August that she and Evans had split after nearly five years of marriage. While Evans channeled his pain into a song "Over For You," Ballerini shared her struggle on iHeart's podcast Tell Me About It with Jade Iovine.

She didn't come to the decision easily, and the singer has always been open about her trips to therapy.

"For a while, it was kind of like, 'OK, this is just a new phase of a relationship,' because relationships go through seasons, right? And it's not always going to be butterflies and rainbows," she said. "For a long time, I was like, 'Oh, this is just… The glitter wears off. That's what happens.' And then you get into a phase where you wait for it to come back. And then sometimes it doesn't."

The Knoxville, Tennessee, native called divorce "a bitch” but said she knew it was worse to stay in a marriage that wasn't working than it was to call it quits. The couple had no children.

"At the end of the day, it is such a disservice and a dishonoring of yourself if you know something is not right and you stay," she said. "(Shame) is the one thing that I just refuse to feel… Judge me for it, fine, that's on you."

However, Ballerini hasn't had to spend her nights alone. She said her family and friends rallied around her. And while she wasn't on tour, she always had people to keep her company because she wasn't ready to be alone.

"Whether it was my mom or my dad or my friends, I've had my people really rally for me, and I'm not ready to be alone yet," she said. "And I don't think that I'm avoiding anything, 'cause I'm definitely in my feels, cause I really want to heal properly… But yeah, I don't think that's what I need right now."

The couple's divorce was finalized November 15 – the same day Ballerini received the keys to her dream house and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

The singer recently revealed that she's returning to co-host the CMT Music Awards for a third year.

The 2023 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, country's only entirely fan-voted awards, will air Sunday, April 2, 2023 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) LIVE from Austin, Texas' Moody Center. The telecast marks the first time the event has aired from Texas or the venue. The show will air on CBS and be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

"Austin is cool. Austin is weird, right?" Ballerini said. "That's the good part? Are we going to make the CMT Awards weird? CMT Award 2023, let's get weird. I like that."

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