(Left) Entertainment Tonight / YouTube / (Right) The Kelly Clarkson Show / YouTube
Carly Pearce and her ex-husband, Michael Ray, divorced in 2020 after eight months of marriage. So Pearce knows exactly what her good friend Kelsea Ballerini is going through right now.
Ballerini announced in August that she and her husband Morgan Evans are divorcing after nearly five years of marriage. She said:
“Friends, I’ve always tried my best to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while also protecting layers of my personal life as they unfold. This is now public record so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce. This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end. It’s hard to find the words here, but I feel extremely grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the next seasons. With very active schedules coming up, please be mindful that we are both fragile, actively healing, and showing up the best we can.”
Evans later shared his own statement, saying:
“I am very sad to confirm that after almost 5 years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways. I wish it were otherwise but sadly it is not.”
Pearce and Ballerini both attended the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony on Wednesday (October 12). Entertainment Tonight spoke with Pearce at the event. During the interview, Pearce shared how she’s been supporting Ballerini in the wake of her divorce.
“Kelsea was there for me through mine,” she said. “I’m there for her through hers.”
The singer also spoke about her new collaboration with Ballerini and Kelly Clarkson, a song titled “You’re Drunk, Go Home.” The song appears on Ballerini’s newest album, Subject to Change.
“Kelsea’s a really good friend of mine and she texted me over the summer and she said, ‘Hey, I have this song. Would you be interested in doing it with me?’ and I listened to it once, and was like, ‘I’m in,'” Pearce said.
Ballerini also told Entertainment Tonight how Pearce has been there for her during this phase of her life. She’s also received support from Clarkson, who finalized her divorce from Brandon Blackstock earlier this year.
“I mean, obviously, like, when we were recording the song, things were different,” Ballerini said. “Like I said, we’re friends in real [life] and so that’s the thing about that. You see us when we’re, like, glittery and when we’re, like, doing red carpets and stuff, but we have real-life conversations. So it’s really nice to be able to have people that are my peers and heroes that I can go to for, like, music advice and also life advice.”
You can listen to Ballerini, Pearce, and Clarkson’s “You’re Drunk, Go Home” in the clip below.
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