Jewel and husband Ty Murray are ending their 16 year marriage. According to Jewel’s blog, the couple are still friends, and the split is a mutual 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. For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than malice.
We have been so aware that it is easiest to use the inertia of anger to leverage two souls apart who have been bound together by so much living. By a child. But we did not want anger to burn the ties that bound us. Instead we have chosen the much more difficult task of undoing ourselves stich by stich, and releasing each other with love so that we may take on our new form: dear friends and devoted co-parents of our beloved son Kase. We have no desire to damage ourselves and each other in the process. Who better than each other to bear witness to the heart ache of redefining our family? And who better as ally, 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.
Oddly the very thing that Ty and I sought in coming together is the very thing we seek in separating. 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.
Losing a bet to Ludacris comes at a high price.
Brad Paisley learned that the hard way this week, betting against his fellow Rising Star judge and owing him a $2,100 bottle of cognac in the process.
Just exactly what their friendly wager was about remains unclear, but Paisley, 41, stepped up with a video posted on Instagram Sunday to say he learned his lesson, a giant bottle of Louis XIII beside him on a table.
“Don’t make bets with rappers,” Paisley warned. “They’re very expensive.”
I will admit that I am both a fan and I am partial. I like Matt Ramsey, a lot. He played a street party that Star
Country had Downtown Roanoke a few years ago with Eric Church. I just became an instant fan. And I know I haven’t
been shy about talking about his songwriting success with the current The Band Perry hit, Chainsaw” and Craig Morgan’s
hit song, “Wake Up Loving You.” I have been remiss in not mentioning the burgeoning success Matt and his boys are
having with the group Old Dominion.
Their debut song was “Dirt On A Road”. Old Dominion’s follow-up song “Shut Me Up,” is being called a more conventional single. The band is currently working on their first full-length debut album and as soon as Matt shares more about
that, I will get the word to you! In the meantime, enjoy “Shut Me Up” !