Maren Morris Files For Divorce From Husband Ryan Hurd After 5 Years of Marriage

Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, who share 3-year-old son Hayes, have broken up after five years of marriage.

By Jess Cohen Oct 17, 2023 3:55 PMTags
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Maren Morris is in the middle of a new era.

The "My Church" singer has filed for divorce from husband Ryan Hurd after five years of marriage, a Tennessee court clerk confirms to E! News.

According to court documents obtained by People and Us Weekly, Morris—who shares 3-year-old son Hayes with the "To a T" artist—submitted paperwork Oct. 2, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their breakup.

E! News has reached out to reps for Morris and Hurd for comment and has not year heard back.

The duo's relationship news comes just weeks after Hurd—who wed Morris in March 2018—came to her defense as she said goodbye to country music.

"She deserves to be celebrated, not just tolerated," Hurd wrote on Instagram alongside cover art for her new music project The Bridge. "I love the response from people who don't just love these two songs, they needed them. I knew it would strike a chord."

Morris—who recently admitted on the New York Times' Popcast podcast that she couldn't tolerate certain behavior in the country music scene any longer—has received some criticism over her exit.

"I'm so sick of watching my wife get the s--t kicked out of her by the internet," Hurd continued in his Instagram message. "I'm sick of every talking head having some kind of stupid opinion about what she says. It's the same every time, why are you surprised when she calls out something racist or homophobic, I'm sick of people getting rewarded for it."

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"To me the Bridge is beautiful and so rock and roll," he added. "She deserves a little sunshine for the burden she has carried for every artist and fan that feels the same way. I can't wait for that first tour and to see all of the smiling and beautiful people who needed these songs and and also need HER. I can't wait to make music that follows the same path, whatever that is."

Hurd concluded with a nod to Morris. "Love you, MM," he wrote. "Keep on keepin' on."

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Back in February, Hurd was by Morris' side at the 2023 Grammys, where they were nominated in the Best Country Song category for "Circles Around This Town."

And it seemed at the time the bones were still good for the pair. "We met writing songs," he told Laverne Cox on E!'s Live From the Red Carpet. "So this is a really cool night for us because we're nominated together for a country song."

"I'm so proud of her," Hurd added. "This is just an amazing thing."

To relive their love story, keep reading...

2013: Country Cuties

Maren Morris met Ryan Hurd while co-writing “Last Turn Home” for Tim McGraw, striking up a friendship.

December 2015: Making It Official

It wasn’t until two years after their initial meeting that the couple took their relationship to the next level and started dating.

"We had been friends for only a couple of years, but there was always this writing chemistry in the room, and eventually, the timing of it was undeniable," Maren told People. "We had such a foundation built off writing so many songs over the years that we were like, 'Why are we avoiding this?'"

June 2017: All Loved Up

 Ryan released “Love in a Bar,” the second single from his self-titled album believed to be about his romance with Maren.

“We were just friends, just hangin' / Just sitting: 'round waitin' for somebody to cross the line,” he sang on the song. “We found love in a bar / In the back of a patio corner / Away from the lights / It was us and Corona / And hearts on fire like the cigarettes you smoke.”

July 2017: Put a Ring on It

Maren announced her engagement to the songwriter in July 2017, sharing a photo of herself with a Corona Light while resting her hand on Ryan’s leg—a nod to his song "Love In a Bar." The image also showed Maren rocking a diamond ring on that finger.

Meanwhile, Ryan posted a photo of himself and Maren sitting on a boat, cryptically writing in the caption: “7/3/17.”

March 2018: Married

The pair tied the knot at The Cordelle in Nashville shortly after the release of Ryan’s song "Diamonds or Twine."

"I played this song for Maren the night we got engaged," he said at the time. "We were at the lake in Michigan, on the dock, and I will never forget that moment."

October 2019: Baby on the Way

Maren announced she was expecting her first baby with Ryan.

"The irony is just too rich that after a year of living in the ‘GIRL’ headspace, the universe would give us a baby boy to even things out," she wrote on Instagram, referencing her then-released second studio album. "See you in 2020, little one."

March 2020: And Baby Makes Three

The couple welcomed son Hayes Andrew Hurd on March 23, 2020, just a day before their second wedding anniversary.

April 2022: Making Music

Their duet, “Chasing After You” was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2022 Grammys, though they lost out to lost to Brothers Osbourne's "Younger Me” moments before hitting the red carpet together.

Still, the pair kept their heads up. "This was our first time being nominated together at the Grammys," Hurd told Live From E! host Laverne Cox at the ceremony. "We've come a lot for Maren, but this one's extremely fun for us and we're just soaking it all up.”

August 2022: Got Her Back

Ryan was quick to defend Maren when she publicly clashed with Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany Aldean. After Brittany thanked her parents “for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase” in an Instagram post, Maren wrote on X, then known as Twitter, "It's so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie."

Amid the social media feud, Ryan wrote on X, “I always support and love Maren, I know I’m sparse in the internet but I am proud of her and always will be. For everything she stands for, I do too.”

September 2023: On the Sidelines

In what would be their final public appearance as a couple, the pair were stepped out at the 2023 U.S. Open.

October 2023: Break Up

Maren filed for divorce after five years of marriage.

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