Kelsea Ballerini burst onto the country scene in 2014 with a relationship hit: “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Two years later, she seemed to find a man who fit those criteria in Morgan Evans, a fellow county musician.
Ballerini met the Australian singer when she was invited to co-host Australia’s Country Music Channel awards show. Ballerini revealed they got to know each other better at recording sessions after the show and their night ended with fireworks. “He leaned over and asked if he could kiss me, like a real gentleman, and I said yes,” Ballerini recalled to People. Evans told KTLA 5 they went on their first date just four days later, and by the end of 2017, Ballerini and Morgan were married.
Ballerini documented some of her happier times on social media, like sharing with her Instagram followers that she and Evans were playing a lot of Mario Kart and were working on their communication skills during the COVID-19 lockdown. In a 2021 interview with Lyric Magazine, Evans confessed that he had some concerns about Ballerini’s use of social media. “I remember the first time she posted about us being together I was like, ‘Let’s not post about it because we need to talk about it. If it doesn’t work out, we’re going to talk about it,'” he recalled. Unfortunately, not every love song has a happy ending, and the time for the conversation Evans dreaded is now.
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans are getting divorced
On August 29, Kelsea Ballerini announced that she and Morgan Evans are going their separate ways. “This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth and effort that has finally come to an end,” she wrote on her Instagram story. An insider told People that Ballerini and Evans worked hard to save their marriage before deciding to divorce. “They had previously broken up privately and have been in therapy for several years,” the source said. Photos of Evans had become rare on Ballerini’s Instagram page in the months leading up to the announcement, but Ballerini shared a post about a romantic getaway to Cabo San Lucas in April.
Reflecting on some of Ballerini and Evans’ earlier remarks about their relationship is an exercise that is sure to break the heart of many of their fans. In a 2020 interview with Access Hollywood, Ballerini credited Evans with making her change her views on marriage. “I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do the marriage thing. My parents got divorced and it was a whole thing,” she said. “As soon as I met him he was just wary of the way I love and I always felt very safe in loving him.”
While the couple has ended their happily ever after relationship, fans can keep reliving Ballerini and Morgan’s love story through their music, including their performance together, Dance with Me.