The singer wed the professional bull rider, 44, in the Bahamas in 2008 after dating for 10 years.Jewel said that she made the announcement on her blog because she wanted fans to hear it directly from herself and Murray rather than "the tabloids." And, as if taking a page out of Gwyneth Paltrow's "conscious uncoupling" playbook, the singer completely re-branded the breakup."Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together," she explained.And who better as ally, while we learn to redraw ourselves in whatever new shape we find as separate people who are still striving to be the best versions of ourselves- as humans and as parents."As for the reason for their split?Not the rote "irreconcilable differences," though that shouldn't be totally cast aside just yet since it's a legal answer.Murray was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Joy and Butch Murray. Murray's father, who is of Irish descent, is a former rodeo hand who owned a business in which he operated starter equipment at horse racing venues all over the United States.Ty Murray's mother was a young rider in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association and won first place in the national Little Britches Rodeo Bull Riding competition.Jewel and her husband Ty Murray weren't meant for each other after all -- they're divorcing after six years of marriage and 16 years together.The Grammy-nominated folk singer made the announcement on her blog Wednesday, giving a detailed explanation of their union's "thoughtful and tender undoing" in a post titled "Dear World." "My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce," wrote the 40-year-old "You Were Meant For Me" singer, whose full name is Jewel Kilcher.
"Anjelica's first response was, 'You have to support this woman.' Her second response was to come down to my job and beat the hell out of me. Ty Monroe Murray (born October 11, 1969) is an American nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy.He is an inductee of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the all-around event."We have no desire to damage ourselves and each other in the process.Who better than each other to bear witness to the heart ache of redefining our family?