AceShowbiz - Carly Pearce and Michael Ray are a couple no more. Eight months after tying the knot in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music stars called it quits on their marriage with the "Every Little Thing" singer filing for divorce from the "Her World or Mine" crooner.
Representatives for both singers confirmed the split to PEOPLE, adding that Pearce submitted the documents on Friday, June 19. While their reps did not offer further details surrounding the separation, an inside source claimed that the 30-year-old did not make the decision lightly.
"This was a hard decision. It wasn't something she wanted to have to do," the so-called insider claimed. "This hasn't been a quarantine realization - it was a last resort."
Pearce and Ray exchanged wedding vows at the Drakewood Farm on October 6, 2019, a little over a year after going public with their romance. While the pair performed together at the Grand Ole Opry on June 6, 2020, PEOPLE reported that fellow country musicians Steve Wariner and Lee Brice sat between them.
The estranged couple was also noticeably posting less and less about each other on their social media accounts in recent months. They made birthday tribute for each other in late April, and since then, eagle-eyed fans noticed that Pearce has not been wearing her wedding band.
While inside source suggested that coronavirus quarantine played a part in the couple's split, Ray previously claimed it made their marriage stronger. In an interview with ET in late March, the "One That Got Away" singer said, "We both are really taking the time to lean on each other during this time and understand just our situations, you know? And I think that's really helpful when I can go to her. She can go to me."
"We both did one hundred and thirty some shows last year," the 32-year-old further elaborated. "If I was off, I was flying to her, she'd fly to me...so you're forced to learn each other... I joked the other day, I was telling my dad it's kind of like we're starting a whole new relationship again where I'm like 'Hey what's your favorite color? Oh what do you like to eat.' All the silly first questions."