Kelsea Ballerini dishes on divorce from Morgan Evans

Kelsea Ballerini received candid about her short-lived marriage to fellow nation singer Morgan Evans throughout Wednesday’s episode of the “Call Her Daddy” podcast.

The “Peter Pan” and “This Feeling” singer filed for divorce from Evans final August after practically 5 years of marriage and this week described their relationship as “lopsided.” She instructed host Alex Cooper that their relationship “would not be alive if I if I didn’t do everything” and readily dished about making extra of an effort to see Evans throughout their marriage than he did. Ballerini additionally claimed that she financially funded the connection.

Ballerini, who additionally opens up concerning the break up on her new divorce EP “Rolling Up the Welcome Mat,” mentioned she met Evans whereas they have been co-hosting an awards present. She was 22. Evans, who’s 9 years older, moved in together with her after eight months of relationship and popped the query after they have been collectively for 9 months

Morgan Evans, left, and Kelsea Ballerini arrive on the 53rd CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in 2019.

(Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)

Ballerini described herself as quieter and as “a people pleaser” on the time. Although they didn’t combat, she mentioned the connection devolved and that the choice to divorce got here after a number of separations, years of {couples} remedy and “many a night of sleeping on the couch.”

“Like this was just a relationship that took work for a long time,” the 29-year-old recording artist mentioned. “I remember — I don’t think it was the first night [I slept on the couch] — but I remember it was a night where I was like, ‘This is not what I want,’ but I slept on the couch the night before the CMAs and I remember I went to rehearsal at the arena and texting him and him being like, ‘I’ll just see you at the carpet.’ Like, OK.”

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The “Feel Your Way Through” creator mentioned that there “was just such a sense of disconnection” between them.

“I was getting resentful because anytime we did see each other, I felt like I was carrying that load and I was tired. I was just tired of showing up in that way all the time and not feeling like I was seen or matched. And then I was also tired from traveling all the time and like giving so much of myself, because that’s what I want to do to honor my career too. And I think I just felt really depleted and not understood,” she added.

The relationship continued, nevertheless, as a result of she felt stress to remain collectively as a result of they’d been so public with their romance and since she didn’t need to relive her dad and mom’ damaged marriage. She in the end determined she needed a divorce when she realized she was not able to have children — and wasn’t positive she needed to have any.

“I think I’m finally an adult,” she mentioned. “I think that just happened over the last couple of years, and I feel like what that means to me is I have opinions. I have a career that is a priority for me, to show up for myself and the people that I’ve aligned with along this journey. And I have aspirations and goals that are tied to no one, and those are all really important things.”

Last November, Evans launched the music “Over for You” about their divorce earlier than it was finalized — a music that angered Ballerini as a result of Evans claimed to be blindsided in it. (She has a music titled “Blindsided” on her new EP too.)

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“I had a pretty good grasp on my grieving journey until that song came out and I was livid,” she instructed Cooper. “I think that maybe there’s a world where he was blindsided. I did not blindside him. I think two things can be true, and I think if he truly was blindsided, then, where was he?”

After a preview of the podcast went on-line, Evans took to Instagram on Tuesday to handle his ex’s claims and requested followers to not be imply.

“It’s really sad for me to see this person, who I spent so much of my life with, and loved with all my heart, saying things that aren’t reality and that leave out what really happened,” he wrote. “She knows I’m not the type of guy to speak on those things publicly.

“If this is what she needs to heal, I hope it helps,” he added. “All I ask is that if you’re on my pages, please don’t be mean. Don’t be mean to Kelsea, don’t be mean to each other. Life’s too short.”

Elsewhere on the podcast, Ballerini confirmed that she was relationship “Outer Banks” actor Chase Stokes since December, after sliding into his DMs.

“I’ve never seen his show, but I just knew of him, and I just swan dove right on in,” Ballerini mentioned. “His handle is ‘@hichasestokes,’ and I said, ‘Hi, Chase Stokes.’”