This is getting really messy…
On the heels of her divorce from fellow country singer Morgan Evans last year, Kelsea Ballerini sat down with Alexandra Cooper on the very popular Call Her Daddy podcast to open up about the details she’s been pretty quiet about until recently.
She notably told Alex that they had a fight before the CMA’s one year (according to her new project, it was in 2019), and she wound up sleeping on the couch:
“There were separations, there was years of couples therapy. There was like, many a night of sleeping on the couch.
I don’t think it was the first night, but it was a night where I was like, this is not what I want.
I slept on the couch the night before the CMAs and I remember I went to rehearsal at the arena and texting him and being like, ‘I’ll just see you at the carpet.’”
When asked specifically why she felt she needed to do that, she said there was an overwhelming feeling of “disconnection” between them.
Kelsea also called him out for taking “half the house that he didn’t pay for,” which was apparently part of their prenup, that he could have that or alimony.
Morgan then issued a statement seemingly in response to the episode coming out soon, saying in part that he wished it wasn’t being put out so publicly in this setting and format:
“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 that leave out what really happened.
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.”
And she also got into their apparent disagreement on the timeline of when she wanted to have kids.
She told Alex that she had been to the doctor, unbeknownst to Morgan at the time, to look into freezing her eggs, because she “wasn’t ready” to have kids yet.
Kelsea, 29, says Morgan, 37, was ready, but after learning more about it, she decided she wanted to freeze her eggs when she turned 30, which was still a year and a half out at the time.
Apparently, it was something they had talked about before, but she changed her mind, and says she took him to dinner to tell him, adding “it was not a good day”:
“That was something that we had talked about early on, and that was something that I was changing on. Cause he was ready.
He was like, ‘I don’t want to be an old dad,’ is what he kept saying.
And I was like, ‘I’m not there yet, and I can’t do that to save this and give you something that I’m not ready for.'”
She continued, saying there were “fundamental” differences that developed between them, and she realized it probably wasn’t meant to be with him:
“And I think that was when I was like, there’s a fundamental difference here that has happened, that has shifted. And it’s no longer like, I don’t see this person, I miss this person, I’m alone, I’m lonely.
It’s like, he wants something out of life… I’m not there. And whether I’ll get there or not, I don’t think it’s with this person if it is.
And I think internally in hindsight, that’s where I went like, ‘I think maybe we need to rethink this, Kels.'”
While I clearly know nothing about the inside of their relationship and all the details behind this story, it sounds to me like a decision of that magnitude would be something you talk and learn about together, not just spring on someone at a dinner, especially since she implied they had previously been on the same page about it.
Kelsea went on to say that the whole debate helped her see that they “were on different pages,” and she filed for divorce after almost five years, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Kelsea just dropped a new Rolling Up The Welcome Mat EP, as well, where she actually singlehandedly responds to Morgan’s aforementioned heartbreaking ballad, “Over For You,” in a series of songs about their crumbling marriage, in addition to addressing a multitude of other issues they had going on behind closed doors.
The full podcast episode is now available on Spotify, and you can check out the trailer here: