Fans were shocked when country singer Carly Pearce said she was getting a divorce from her husband of eight months, fellow country singer Michael Ray. The two worked together for years before they started dating in 2018. They got married in October 2019. By September 2020, though, they were no longer together.
Since their marriage ended so quickly, many of Carly’s and Michael’s fans want to know why they split up. Carly’s song “Next Girl” sparked rumors, but she has hinted that there were other things that made her marriage bad. So, why did Carly Pearce and her husband split up? Read on to find out more.
Why did Carly Pearce get divorced?
Carly was having trouble with her love life on top of being in quarantine and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. In November 2020, she told People that she and Michael “very quickly realized we weren’t meant to be.” But the singer of “Every Little Thing” won’t say that her marriage was a mistake. “I don’t think we go through things we aren’t meant to go through. I really loved her. I will always believe that.”
People started to talk about the divorce after Carly released her song “Next Girl,” which was about falling in love with a man who likes to date a lot of different women. The lyrics say, “When he looks like that, you overlook a lot. He’ll charm your mother with that smile. Hide the red flags for a while.” Many people thought that the lyrics were aimed at Michael, but Carly told People: “I broke up with this person. I don’t want a song to remind me of it every night.”
She did say that the decision to file for divorce wasn’t made on a whim while they were in quarantine, which was what many fans thought. Carly told People, “This was not a decision I made on the spot.” “I really took my time with this and made sure I was doing the right thing. I knew that this wasn’t the kind of marriage I wanted.” She also said that the relationship between the couple was rough before the pandemic.
The last clue Carly gave about why she got a divorce had to do with trust. “To work on something, you need at least two people. If you love someone, you put your faith in them.”
Michael Ray talks about moving on after he and Carly Pearce got a divorce
Michael Ray talked about how he’s moving on from hard times in his past, like his divorce from Carly Pearce, and how he doesn’t want to go through those hard times again.
Ray and Pearce, both successful country musicians, broke up after Pearce filed for divorce in June 2020. The couple started dating in 2018, and after eight months of marriage, they decided to split up in 2018. Now, the person who sang “Think a Little Less” says he’s better at the end of 2021 than he was at the beginning. Ray’s new EP, Higher Education, came out last Friday, August 27. It doesn’t have any songs about the divorce or anything else Ray doesn’t want to think about.
Ray told Entertainment Tonight in a new interview that he likes to think of the last year of his life as “I came out, I’m good.” The man who says he thinks too much said he has been through some “dark times,” but he thinks “my problems are no bigger than anyone else’s problems… I think that’s why there’s nothing about it on this record, because I don’t want to remember it. I’m not going to sing about it. I don’t want to do it again. So why don’t we all move forward and make a record that shows how we’ve grown instead of how things have stayed the same?