Singer-songwriter Jewel took to her official blog Wednesday to announce her separation from husband Ty Murray after six years of marriage.
"Dear World. It is infinitely strange to write those words, especially considering the personal nature of the topic, which is the purpose of my writing today. But the truth is I have lived my life in the public eye since I was nineteen. And while it is intimidating to live a life in the public, it has also been a privilege to make a living with my words, my thoughts, my feelings," she writes.
"Which brings me to this highly personal announcement today," she continues. "My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce."
The Grammy nominee and her 44-year-old rodeo star husband secretly eloped to the Bahamas in 2008. The couple welcomed son Kase in July 2011.
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"Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together," she adds.
"For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than malice."
In regards to Kase, the 40-year-old writes, "Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son."
Jewel adds, "Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents — as we wish only what is best for our son."
The couple was last seen on a red carpet together at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas in Dec. 2012.
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