Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris were one of the most popular couples in the country music world. The two singers first met while co-writing “Last Turn Home” for Tim McGraw, and their friendship quickly bloomed into a romance. Unfortunately, it was reported that Maren, 33, had filed for divorce from Ryan, 37, after five years of marriage at the start of October 2023.
Ryan “wasn’t expecting” Maren to file for divorce, according to a report from US Weekly. The pair’s divorce was finalized on Tuesday, January 30, according to Entertainment Tonight. Here’s what you need to know about their split.
Why Did Maren and Ryan Split?
It’s not entirely clear what the reason for “The Middle” singer and Ryan’s split is. She filed for “irreconcilable differences” according to court documents viewed by Us Weekly. She also listed their separation date as October 2. Fans had speculated about a possible rift in their relationship as they had both slowed on posting each other on their social media.
On October 26, US Weekly reported that Maren and Ryan weren’t on the same page about their split. A source said that Maren’s decision to file for divorce “seems to have come out of the blue” for Ryan, who “wasn’t expecting it.” The insider also revealed that Maren and Ryan are “opposites” which made their relationship “difficult.”
Maren previously opened up about how the two of them worked to overcome problems in their marriage earlier in 2023. “We are better at standing our ground on our personal life than we used to be, because I think we earned it now, but no, we have our struggles, but I think that we love each other. I will always support his dream, his songwriter dream, and vice versa,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “We can kinda make it through anything because this is a tough industry to stay married in and even find love in so, I feel like — we hit the jackpot so everything else is, like, clear skies.”
Prior to the split, Maren had announced her plans to “leave” country music, and Ryan celebrated her and the release of The Bridge EP on September 20. “She deserves to be celebrated, not just tolerated. I love the response from people who don’t just love these two songs, they needed them,” he wrote in part on Instagram. “Love you, MM. Keep on keepin’ on.”
In December of that year, Maren broke her silence on her and Ryan’s separation on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show. “I cut all the trauma out of my hair,” she joked before noting that her divorce was “ongoing.”
“I would like this to sort of wrap up,” she added.
Are Maren and Ryan Divorced?
The Humble Quest singer filed for divorce and the filing states that they’ve been separated since October 2. The pair were also ordered to complete a parenting seminar by a judge on July 25, according to People. Maren completed the seminar on October 14. The divorce was finalized at the end of January 2024, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Two weeks after the divorce filing, the estranged spouses reunited for Halloween to celebrate the spooky day with their son, Hayes. As part of the divorce, Maren was listed as the primary parent for their son, but they will divide time with him evenly.
How Long Were Maren and Ryan Together?
As mentioned above, the pair first met while writing Tim McGraw’s song “Last Turn Home” in 2013. The track was released in 2014. The pair announced that they’d started dating in 2015, and they got engaged two years later. Maren and Ryan got married in 2018, and welcomed their son, 3, in March 2020.