Jewel, Ty Murray

Jewel and rodeo cowboy Ty Murray arrive at the 2012 American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Today (July 2), Jewel announced her separation from World-Champion rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray, citing the need for “growth” that became “undeniably stifled as a couple.”

The divorce announcement comes in the form of Jewel’s website, where she released a statement. “I have learned in these 20 years of living my life honestly in front of you,” the singer said, addressing her fans. [I] trust that you will all honor and have reverence for how difficult this journey and allow us our process as we not only grieve the loss of our marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes.”

The two had been married since 2008 and have a son together, Kase. Jewel says that the couple will stay close and have “chosen the difficult task ofundoing [themselves] stich by stich, and releasing each other with love” for the sake of their “beloved son.”

The note finishes with a joint statement from the couple reiterating their commitment to being parents and staying friends.

 

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