Neither Morris nor Hurd have addressed the divorce publicly, but a complaint filed in Davidson County Circuit Court here in Nashville lists their date of separation as October 2, the same day Maren filed for divorce.
And Maren returned to Instagram yesterday to make her first public post since news of the divorce spread.
Wearing a hat that says “There were nights when the wind was so cold,” which are lyrics from the Meatloaf and Celine Dion hit “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” Maren captioned the post:
“Welcome to The End where you can come and lose some friends…”
There’s also a slide in the post featuring one of those inspirational quotes that your Facebook friends post all the time, with the line “It will be fine” scratched out, with “It will just be, and when it is, you will face what’s necessary.”
The rest of the slides contain pictures of a bottle of champagne, some skincare stuff that I know nothing about, and a screen capture of a TikTok showing Maren posing on the red carpet at the premiere of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour movie, which she attended solo on October 11, about a week after filing for divorce.
Obviously Maren’s been in the headlines quite a bit lately, with her recent announcement that she would be leaving country music.
After the release of her EP The Bridge, the Grammy Award-winning artist announced that she was done with country music.
She shared when she released the two songs, “The Bridge” and “Get The Hell Out Of Here,” essentially announcing her exit and trashing what she referred to as the “toxic” culture of Nashville:
“I wrote this on the 10 year anniversary of my moving to Nashville. It’s about a toxic “family tree” burning itself to the ground. Halfway through, I realize it’s burning itself down without any of my help.
This song evokes the pain of exhausting all your love and time for this person or “entity” but realizing it’s just a draining, transactional relationship that isn’t nourishing in any healthy way. By the end of the song, I give myself permission to face the sun, plant new seeds where it’s safer to grow and realize that sometimes there IS greener grass elsewhere.
This is the aftermath of the tree burning. Being quite literally burned out, this is a story of me feeling pulled in every direction, needing everyone else’s understanding and acceptance but my own and how self-destructive that ultimately became.
I relinquish control of trying to change everyone’s mind or bad faith behavior and focus on my own power going forward. Doing the right thing can feel lonely at times, but there are more friends than foes, so I finally quit making myself one of them.”
Since the announcement of her departure, many artists have spoken out about her choice, including Ward Davis, who commented that it’s hard to quit something you weren’t in, to begin with.
After her announcement last month, Morris appeared this week on Popcast (Deluxe) conversation with The New York Times’s Jon Caramanica and Joe Coscarelli. She spoke further about her choice to leave the industry and elaborated on her thoughts.
She revealed that she has been sitting on the two tracks from the EP since January, also noting that she doesn’t want to say goodbye but:
“I don’t want to say goodbye, but I really cannot participate in the really toxic arms of this institution anymore. I couldn’t do this sort of circus anymore, feeling like I had to absorb or explain people’s bad behavior. And you know, laugh it off.”
Morris says later in the podcast that she will continue to write in the space but is pulling all of her previously recorded tracks from being considered for award nominations.
“I asked not to submit my music…I don’t know if it’s forever or it’s just how I’m feeling in this current state.
I’m not shutting off fans of country music — or that’s not my intention… it’s just the music industry that I have to walk away a few, like, factions from.”
Well she may be leaving country music and her husband, but looks like Maren is sticking around on Instagram.