Jewel, Ty Murray, Split Up

NEW YORK (July 3, 2014) Jewel says she wants the breakup with her husband Ty Murray "to be nothing less loving" than when they got together.

She announced in a letter on her Web site that she and Murray are going their separate ways after a 16-year relationship.

Jewel said she decided to write the "Dear World" post to tip off her fans before they heard the news in the tabloids.

“Oddly the very thing that Ty and I sought in coming together is the very thing we seek in separating. We both value growth. And growth became tragically and undeniably stifled as a couple, and we believe we can find it again in setting each other free. We truly believe we can find greater happiness apart than together, and this is why we are taking the enormous and heartbreaking step of divorce,” she wrote.

The singer and Murray were married in 2008 and have a son together.

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