It’s over for Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans.
The 28-year-old “Heartfirst” singer has filed for divorce from the 37-year-old “Kiss Somebody” musician after nearly five years of marriage, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
“They worked on their marriage for a long time. Before that, they had already separated privately and had been in therapy for several years,” a source told PEOPLE. “They tried their best, but unfortunately came to the decision to formally split up.”
Ballerini addressed the split on her Instagram story Monday morning, writing: “Friends, I have always done my best to share my life with you in a genuine 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 directly from me that I am going through a divorce.
This very difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth and effort that has finally come to an end. It’s hard to find the words here… but I am immensely grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the seasons to come.
With very active schedules coming up, keep in mind that we’re both vulnerable, actively healing, and showing our best.”
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The country singers first met in March 2016 while co-hosting the CMC Awards in Evans’ native Australia, were engaged in December and married a year and a half later in an intimate oceanfront ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Ballerini told PEOPLE in November that she and Evans were big proponents of couples therapy and went “all the time.”
“We have really good couples, friends that we go on vacation with, but we can also sit down and have the tough conversations,” she said.
In her poetry book Feel your way throughPublished last November, Ballerini also discussed how her parents’ divorce when she was young affected her future relationships and views on marriage.
“I swore I’d never get married,” she told PEOPLE at the time, adding that her parents had a “super messy and really drawn-out” breakup. “For so long I’ve just seen their marriage as their divorce. When I got older I could talk to them both about their marriage, pre-divorce and I realized there was beauty there, there was love there at some point. That helped realize that I could find that.”
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Because of their breakup, she said she never saw the marriage “as a fairytale ride into the sunset” but as something that was “worth the work.”
In April, Ballerini again touted the benefits of therapy: Additionalsaying that she and Evans go both separately and together.
“I think it’s very important,” she said. “Obviously we have strange lives. We’re both very busy and don’t spend that much time together… And we’re just trying to find the things that work for us.”
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The two-time Grammy Award nominee is currently gearing up for the release of her new album on September 23 Subject to change. Ballerini announced the album, her fifth, in July, saying it was largely inspired by her newfound ability to embrace change and everything that comes with it.
“In my younger years, the idea of change scared me. It had turned out to be a faceless force that shaped my past with uncertainty,” she said in a voiceover shared on social media. “Only in the gift of growth have I learned that in the stark and constant juxtaposition of life, life takes place. That when I loosen my fists, loosen my heels and unravel the architecture built by youth, a true metamorphosis can take place .”
“Ooooooh here we go…” Evans commented at the time.