Fans were shocked when country music star Carly Pearce said she was getting a divorce from her husband of eight months, fellow country music star 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 rumours, but she has hinted that there were other things that made her marriage bad. So, why did Carly Pearce and her husband split up? What you need to know is listed below.
Why Did Carly Pearce’s Marriage Break Up?
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 realised 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. A lot of fans thought that quarantine was also a reason why the couple broke up. 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.”
This project is my heart on paper. We all go through hard things, but through those hard things we have the opportunity to bring so much beauty from it. I now see that my pain was for a purpose, and for that I am grateful for the journey. https://t.co/K3kV6dYUXr pic.twitter.com/WIj7dX5WAt
— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) September 17, 2021
Carly Will Sing a Song From Her New Album in 2021
Carly’s album “29: Written in Stone” came out in September 2021. It was a continuation of her EP “29,” which came out earlier that same year. “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” is the second single from her album. She and Ashley McBryde will sing it together at the Country Music Awards. The song is about two women who help the same man cheat on his wife without realising it.
At the 55th Country Music Awards, both Ashley and Carly are in the running for Female Vocalist of the Year. The show airs on ABC on November 10 at 8 p.m. EST.
Carly Pearce Early Life
Carly Cristyne Slusser was born to Todd and Jackie Slusser in Taylor Mill, Kentucky. This is where Pearce was raised. Pearce’s grandparents often played country music at home when she was a child, which is how she got interested in it. Her stage name comes from the last name of her grandfather. Pearce said on a home video that her family kept that one day she would sing at the Grand Ole Opry.
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She started doing paid shows when she was about 12 years old. At 11 years old, Pearce was a regular member of a bluegrass band. She also sang at church shows and tent revivals. At age 14, she put on a show at a prison for boys.
Pearce tried out for the “Country Crossroads” show at the Dollywood theme park when he was 16 years old. She talked her parents into moving to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where Dollywood is, and letting her drop out of high school after she got the job. Pearce said in 2017 about the experience, “Performing at Dollywood was an important part of my journey to find myself and my way.”
She signed up for a homeschooling programme while she was working at Dollywood. The online course gave Pearce options for going to college after she graduated if she wanted to. Pearce said that the online programme was like a college course because her parents wouldn’t have to do anything.
Pearce performed at Dollywood five times a week, sometimes in more than one show per day. She also sang on bluegrass compilation albums.