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Dear World

Dear World.  It is infinitely strange to write those words, especially considering the personal nature of the topic, which is the purpose of my writing today.  But the truth is I have lived my life in the public eye since I was nineteen. And while it is intimidating to live a life in the public, it has also been a privilege to make a living with my words, my thoughts, my feelings.  

I remember being so frightened by the prospect of living a life in public when I first got signed to a label.  I was a damaged and earnest child/folk singer, nothing like the slick and polished personas I saw on TV and in pop culture. I finally made my peace with it by committing to always being honest about who and what I was.  I found safety and comfort in beating everyone to the punch, as it were, and allowing all my faults, short comings and insecurities to be as big a part of my story as were my aspirations for being the best musician and person I could be.  I never used my art or public platform as propaganda to sell a perfect (false) version of myself to the public, and I am forever grateful for the acceptance and compassion I found in my fan base as I shared my deepest hurts and shames along side my moments of inspiration and truth.  The result was that I let myself really be seen for the first time in my life, and in exchange I was accepted just as I was- flaws and all.  I did not have to pretend, edit, or otherwise sell myself as something I was not. It was actually profoundly healing.   I found camaraderie with my fans as we all began to foster an environment that allowed us to be honest about our flaws, hopes, dreams, fears and the fact that we all feel broken in some way and we are all striving to be the best version of ourselves we can be.  It is a journey I am still on to this moment.  

Which brings me to this highly personal announcement today.  My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce.  

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. For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than malice.  

We have been so aware that it is easiest to use the inertia of anger to leverage two souls apart who have been bound together by so much living. By a child.  But we did not want anger to burn the ties that bound us. Instead we have chosen the much more difficult task of undoing ourselves stich by stich, and releasing each other with love so that we may take on our new form: dear friends and devoted co-parents of our beloved son Kase. 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?  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.  

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.

I share all this with you because I wanted you to hear it from us, instead of the tabloids. I also share it because I have learned in these 20 years of living my life honestly in front of you, to trust that you will all honor and have reverence for how difficult this journey is, and allow us our process as we not only grieve the loss of our marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes- for from all death we trust a phoenix rises.  

Lastly, a message from us both: 

“Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son.  Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents- as we wish only what is best for our son.”

-Ty and Jewel 

 I want to lend a hearty note of solidarity to anyone reading this who may be struggling with similar issues in their own lives.  Separating is a deeply difficult and personal decision.  May you martial the courage to find whatever answer is best for you.





Hold your horses...
I know that having a baby, and for many folks turning the dreaded big 40, especially while trying to have a career puts a whole lot of pressure on any marriage. It sure did for me and my wife. There were and still are moments where we feel like throttling each other metaphorically speaking. But those feelings are just an illusion. Jewel, like your 10 boxing video with that great song, sometimes it takes a 10 count to realize that separation and divorce isn't the answer. Most important, both of you are really good people. Look, you're a cutie and he's a rodeo stud and you make a good photo together. Don’t mess that up. Besides, there’s a whole bunch of creeps out there in this world, especially in the music business…..waaaaaay too many. I've been married once and going on 27 years now. Sometimes there’s just no better person out there to be with than the one your with.
Posted by Richardson October 16, 2014, 8:33 pm.
smart thinking
I am glad you and Ty have made the decision to part for your reasons and not stay together for the sake of your child, so many people make the decision to stay together because they have a child and living in a miserable marriage. I do have a question, I watch the show "Alaska the last frontier". Do you ever think you will make a visit on the show? I like the way your family lives and help each other out.
Posted by tmarsanto October 6, 2014, 3:11 am.

I'm actually happy for you. I felt we lost you when you married him. You went into Country music, which I'm not a fan of, I always loved your ORIGINAL music when you first started. You also seemed more "taken away from the fans" like he was smothering your light, your being, your essence, your everything. I just wasn't really feeling it. It doesn't have to be a bad or depressing thing at all. Ask yourself, Why do I "have" to look at divorce as bad, depressing, or "never easy"? It can be what you want it to be. And you can celebrate GETTING YOUR SEXY BACK, shining your light bright and proud and being you 100% without someone over you, trying to shade you. Good luck to you lady, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!!!!, I'm glad you're back. I can't wait for you to find that someone who makes you just beam and shine brighter than venus! I'm so happy for you!!!!
Posted by wintergarden October 3, 2014, 4:28 pm.
Love..its tough these days that are filled with such complexity ...if your working too hard at holding something together its time to move one should have to work at to part ways...
Posted by motocat13 September 13, 2014, 4:50 am.
Standing still
Your both strong and will survive this.. Be glad you got to love and be loved for I live along without love everyday and it sucks.. This may seem crazy but my love for you and your songs keep my bruised soul alive.. Keep making music and please come to baton Rouge, LA for a concert. You'll know me when you see me.. Love you so much Jewel.. A fan for life
Posted by loveeve1 September 3, 2014, 4:40 am.
deep compassion
I am deeply touched by this announcement because I will be in the same situation, I send my sympathy to overcome this difficulty, it is not easy thing especially when you have a child ... a lot of crying, but after happiness will sound more beautiful ... all my love, I am a French fan who loves you ... peace
Posted by photographe18 August 22, 2014, 11:00 pm.

No offense, but this is just the latest proof for me that no one should bother getting married anymore. EVERYBODY gets divorced, even the strongest, most impressive couples like Jewel and Ty were, who seemed to practically make a science out of nurturing their marriage and actively working at (if songs like "Love is a Garden" and "Ten" were any indication). In this day and age, nobody is capable of sticking it out anymore.
Posted by wildheart17 August 21, 2014, 7:10 pm.
Sincerity is just a word...
To be majestified might be a strange place to be... when words laid down, a weeping willow, now herald words of sorrow... but behold, doth the sun will shine on a jewel... who heralds the arching yarning to let out a song...
Posted by omegablue August 21, 2014, 4:48 pm.
Wisdom and strength
Dear Jewel and fans, I wish everybody who is going through divorce or difficult times in their relationships a lot of wisdom and strength. My wife divorced a few years before we got got to know eachother. I'm a stepdad now with a good relationship with both of my (step)sons. I love them. It was better for everyone My wife and her ex-husband divorced. But It really has left their marks, but they being married and their family life back then was leaving their marks as well. Still I can see that my stepsons are hurt by their broken familylifes. We are a great family together and we all feel loved. But even though I love my wife and children more than everything I would wish time could be turned back and they would have a great family life together without all hurt and grieve they had to experience, even if that would would have meant that I would have never got to know my wife and children and would be miserable for the rest of my would be worth it.
Posted by Javo August 9, 2014, 10:09 pm.

Posted by Spanky August 2, 2014, 5:06 am.

Prayers and love to you and your family.
Posted by moonr1998 August 1, 2014, 5:11 pm.
Focus and Faith
In the earliest hours of this morning I found myself on my knees, begging, in a very humble way, that our Creator should forever comfort and care for the soul of my Mother, who passed a year ago today! No matter the length of time, all of our lives are brief. Jewel, you have been blessed with the ability to sense a need to redraw, change, and grow. In much the same way that you supported Country Fans Care for St. Jude's Kids, there seems to be a care and support for You and Ty and, most importantly, your son. A step by step focus and a strong faith will help guide you. You have all of our prayers and best wishes! Yours always, Sparky from Orange Co.
Posted by juelea1996 July 24, 2014, 9:01 pm.
Best Wishes
Just wanted to send a warm heartfelt prayer to the both of you. Your words are an inspiration and a great reminder that continuing to become the greatest version of the highest vision we see in ourselves is an ongoing process. There are moments when we are able to connect with others to grow together and times when our growth is best experienced on our own. Life has continued to prove that what worked yesterday may not work today. I hope you continue to find happiness in your life through whatever twists and turns present themselves. Thank you for allowing us to share this ride with you, as we all are going through this thing called life, and by sharing experiences, we can see that no one is in this alone. Out of curiosity, do you practice yoga? I find it helpful in reconnecting to that inner voice! Best wishes for happy days and satisfied feelings! Much Love!
Posted by Dbirdno July 24, 2014, 4:13 pm.

You're right. Move forward with your life and do what's right for will bring you your next great love.
Posted by billafriend July 23, 2014, 6:46 pm.
As we say in ... Bugger
been a fan forever. Saw you in the hunter valley nsw Australia. My thoughts are with you and Ty...
Posted by Sjmorris1966 July 23, 2014, 9:48 am.
First, I hope your back feels better. I was raised to never give up unless the other leaves you no choice. This way there is no guilt or doubt on your end and much more you’re on (auto-Pilot) what I call it. Today, I came across your cover of (Health-magazine 5/2013, (yes in the restroom), Lol. You wrote something in there that really captured your life with Ty. The Title: 6 Be Grateful For Relationship GRIT. It said: I feel like the things that lie underneath are what guarantee longevity. How determined is he going to be to work through things when they're hard? How much tolerance does he have for being uncomfortable? Because it isn't all just sunshine and roses-don't get me wrong!-but love is this living, breathing organism. It has growing pains and you have to have grit to make it through them. That's what I was really looking for in a partner and what I value in Ty. I hope you find something helpful is those words you believed in. Sometimes you look back and inspire yourself again (there must of been something there that brought you two together) it's still there, you just work it out and growing together is a step forward, separation is a step backwards in marriage. There is a great interesting book... named (The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate). Book by Gary D. Chapman Wish you the best with love Heather-Dallas TX
Posted by Heatherbear July 22, 2014, 7:42 pm.
Hello from Spark...
18 days ago you announced your new plans, 18 years since we last saw each other! On the 45th anniversary of a man on the moon, in the summer of super moons, I'm drawn to message you, a strange force pulling me like the way the moon pulls the low & high tides! Pls email me w/ instructions on how to reach you! I'll watch for a message. Forever yours, Sparky from Orange Co.
Posted by juelea1996 July 20, 2014, 11:05 pm.
when all this is over, you will b happier and stronger. It's good you have the power to do what's right for you and your loved ones. Love and respect, me
Posted by unsealed July 16, 2014, 9:54 pm.
Love to all 3 of you
My niece, Alexis Bennett, is 27 years old and was in a near fatal accident 5/25/2014. 30 bones broken, her face crushed, both hand, legs and pelvis broken. Her divorced parents met in Bend Oregon to watch over her in a drug induced coma, a trach tube to let her breathe when she couldn't use her face, a Jpeg to feed her. They worked together and brought her home to Simi Valley California on 6/25/2014. She is now 4 weeks from weight bearing; she is smiling, hopeful, grateful to be alive, appreciative of her parents continued love and support. Looking forward to playing her guitar in a wedding in September. Once you are parents, you are still committed for better or worse, forever. Loving your child, beautiful Kase, will hold you together in ways you cannot anticipate. We will miss you at CSUN. Stay positive, keep love in your heart and time will heal to a healthy life full of promise. I am an OB/GYN and have seen many patients recover through divorce to amazingly wonderful lives with healthy balanced children.Blessings
Posted by DrRPerlow July 16, 2014, 4:43 pm.
You were there for me, we are here for you
Your music and inspiration guided me through the same decision 12 years ago. Heavy hearted I chose to take myself out of a marriage that I was not wholey a part of. It was selfish for me to think he was getting all he deserved from me when I knew I couldn't love him more, or give him the family he always wanted. He and I are both happier in our new relationships. You and Ty will both find what works for you. Rely on your gut.
Posted by tcarlin_1222441200 July 16, 2014, 1:19 pm.
The Life, The Moment, Take Care of Your Son
Jewel, the life is unique, you really must to live the best way you can. The only one thing will be really necessary for you two, is make Kase happy and healthy. I wish to both of you, happiness and a wonderful life. We will always wait for you. From Brazil, From Curitiba.
Posted by espack July 15, 2014, 8:19 pm.
Pulled apart by anger? Whose anger? Anger about what? When people are angry about something you talk out your feelings and resolve the issue. This is too vague of a statement to understand. You stated that one of the things you wanted to do when you first became a couple is to start a family and now when you've started a family you want to unstart it? Doesn't make sense. Something doesn't ring true here. I'm a big fan of the truth. You're a wealthy couple, which means you can travel anywhere you want to, study anything you want to and have the time to do it. You can acquire most of the things you want in the way of consumable items. So what bars are their to your growth? Doesn't sound like there are any. I'm sorry but it doesn't sound true to me. I didn't read anywhere in that statement that you've fallen out of love with each other only a desire for "growth" --its usually the falling out of love part that ends up separating people, or lack of time together (which you certainly have). This is saddening. What's really going on?
Posted by billafriend July 13, 2014, 1:30 pm.
I'm Free Friday Night
I knew there was a reason I stayed single! But seriously hope the best for your family, glad you guys are still friendly.
Posted by TennisBrandon July 13, 2014, 1:13 am.
Just a comment
Gosh! I'm a 69 yr old geezer & have followed you from the get-go. Been there done that & I write this barley able to see from the blur of tears in my eyes. For sure one of the toughest life hurdles, however from your blog you are your own advisor. Many will offer advise but stay your own advisor. All will survive. Love D
Posted by Duane July 12, 2014, 10:37 pm.
So Selfish
I am. Not you. On the one hand I wish the best for you. I am sure you are the best captain of your ship and will sail forever forward. On the other hand, all I want is to hear more of your great music and, if this helps you grow in that direction, I have more hope than sympathy.
Posted by Brev00 July 11, 2014, 10:08 pm.

Love & Prayers
Posted by glamblake24 July 11, 2014, 8:53 pm.
Good for you both
Nobody outside of you and Ty knows what's going on. I'm sure this is scary enough without the pessimistic comments you'll find below... Kase will be just fine, he's still so young that having two parents is going to be awesome for him, and he'll grow up KNOWING it's normal... I work with recent divorcees on a daily basis, it is not taboo any more - just part of life. :) Keep smiling and hurry the heck up with the new album! :P
Posted by kjm030584 July 11, 2014, 1:41 am.
Hi Jewel, my name is Jen and I've been a fan of yours for a long time since I was 16! I'm 36 now and your still my favorite singer! Anyways I'm sorry to hear about your divorce but it's very personal, whatever the reason it's your decision to make. I've been with my husband for 18 yrs and it's hard, expecailly since my parents got divorced at 2 and I have a hard time trusting people. I also have a tiny voice! Anyways your son is so cute! I have three little ones myself. Good job deciding to be friends I'm sure you will both be happier people which means your son will be a happy child. Good luck !
Posted by Ben2twins July 10, 2014, 7:09 pm.
Stay Together
Hi Jewel, that was shocking news, especially since you guys just had a child together. Relationships can feel like a roller coaster ride sometimes, but its through our relationhip with people that we grow. Sometimes theres a lull, or down time where nothing seems to be happening in your life and you may feel stagnant or that the relationship isn't heading anywhere or that you don't feel like you're evolving, but that happens in everything, its just the process of life--things will pick up again and you'll wonder why you doubted yourselves. However it is that fate brought you together, it was a good match with strong mutual interests and commitment to one another. When you get through the rough patches it makes you stronger and your commitment stronger. You have too good of a thing to throw away like that. Work it out and you'll see it was the right thing to do. I actually lived in san diego when you were there in the early would have been great fun to have seen you at the Inner Change Coffeehouse or Java Joe's, but my problem is that I live too much in the future than the I'm also a poet/songwriter/artist. I've read the other comments that were posted here--you have a great fan base that really loves you. You deserve everything you have. Peace. Bill
Posted by billafriend July 10, 2014, 5:08 pm.
Divorce blows
no matter how you cut it divorce sucks. even if it is for the better. one thing is for certain. a beauty like you will love again!! in the end after all the tears i hope that you will all find a better happiness. i want you to be ridiculously happy.
Posted by Kohaku2 July 10, 2014, 2:24 am.
Jacob Your Soulmate
Lol hey soultwin, excuse me for being so jovial I just always loved you and thought you were my intellectual twin so I'm excited to speak to you! Anyways if you don't talk to me it's okay but I just wanted you to have this so you're okay, look up lithium orotate and chaga mushroom extract, it will help you both through this and I really hope everything works out perfectly for you! You deserve all the happiness in the world for what you've done and for staying true! So weird today I had a daydream that you bit your husbands throat like in queen of the damned and we became best friends, maybe we're just psychically bonded and I'm feeling sympathy pains! Bye LOVE YOU
Posted by JacobSeraphim July 8, 2014, 11:49 pm.
So sorry
Jewel, I am so sorry to hear about your divorce from Ty.If any couple in the spotlight could have made it I thought it would be you and Ty. I am sure this wasn't something that just came up and that you have tried to work through the issues you both had to have to get to this point. No one knows what really goes on in a persons marriage but the people involved. So all I can say is be the best parents to Kase as you can (which you know)and I hope both you and Ty can find the happiness you need. Will always be your fan and as all EDA's your friend.
Posted by daamodt July 7, 2014, 6:35 pm.
An opportunity for your future
Let the woman grieve and heal for awhile! I believe the yiddish word for you is CHUTZPAH. Look it up.
Posted by tankersmom July 6, 2014, 7:20 pm.
An opportunity for your future
Jewel, I realize that this is a difficult time for you, and I see that many of your fans can relate to what you are going through and have offered their encouragement. I’m afraid, however, that I have never been married or divorced, so it’s a bit harder for me to relate. I see that you have made this difficult decision with an eye toward the future. So as I look to the future, as a single man, I can’t help but realize…you’re available!!! This, for me, is great news!!! Yes, I realize that my chances of getting a date with you are about 1 in 100 million (which is about the same as my chances with any other woman :)), but I would like to be the first of your fans on your site to ask you out! I’ve been amazed with your talent, music, writing, and your personality. When I saw you on your last tour, I enjoyed listening to you talk as much as I enjoyed hearing your songs. I do a bit of writing, so you can learn more about the way I think at my site, You may contact me, K. Scott Schaeffer, on the “Contact Me” page of my site. I apologize if this request sounds insensitive in light of your current situation, but you have to admit it provides you with a nice, refreshing break from all of the sad, heavy-hearted comments already posted.
Posted by Ken69neth July 6, 2014, 1:25 pm.
Jewel and Ty, marriage is for better and for worse. I believe that neither of you would give up on parenthood because you needed to grow - please reconsider and don't give up on marriage because of the need to grow. Marriage and parenthood is all about give and take and compromise and growing at different stage and growing together. Love and support and compromise through your marriage and through your parenting!
Posted by Dana July 6, 2014, 12:52 am.
You have always sung from deep in your soul, dear Jewel, and you have the wisdom to know that life- changing decisions must come from your soul. Your intuition knows what is best for you, and if you follow your heart, even the most difficult choices will prove to be the right choice in the long run. You are a shining talent, and now, while you are still young, is the time to grow, to spread your wings and fly as high and far as you can. If you don't do this now, you may regret it when you are an old woman, and no longer have the courage and energy to grow. I was a child of parents who should have divorced, but stayed together "for the sake of the children' and I always carried the guilt and sadness of witnessing their misery with each other. I wish you all a future of growth and joy.
Posted by AdenaLouise July 5, 2014, 7:57 am.
No problem, dear thing, total understanding and empathy. You are certainly not alone. Wishing you all of the best and emotional healing. Take good care!!
Posted by Freezedriedak July 5, 2014, 3:12 am.

I find many troubling things in her announcement. You created a child together, your "personal growth" takes a back seat to your child. i hope he is not "stifled" in his growth by your decisions.
Posted by mtlwkr July 4, 2014, 2:47 pm.

My 52 year old self understands all too well how hard marriage and raising children is. What I will also tell you is that, it gets much better as the child(ren) age, because you get so much of yourself back. The demands of child-rearing are just huge, and personal time becomes small. Husbands and wives start to neglect each other, and resent each other. People think it's so much easier with money, but that's not really true. Certain aspects of life are easier when you have wealth, but emotional demands know no financial bounds. Growth is important, yes, but sometimes it needs to be put on hold, as frustrating and tumultuous as that can be. Kase will bind you both for a lifetime; may it be filled with love and peace.
Posted by lindac July 3, 2014, 9:56 pm.
Sad :*(
Jewel I am so very sorry to hear this is happening to you, Ty and Kase. Its always sad when a marriage has to end. Be strong - you are a wonderful woman and I know you will be stronger in the end. I too am divorced and it's always hard at first, but you will come through and be better for it on the other side. Take good care of yourself and that little boy of yours. Much love! :)
Posted by DonnaSue July 3, 2014, 7:08 pm.
Jewel and Ty I am so sorry to read this news. I saw Ty on Dancing with the Stars and he seems like a really nice guy and you Jewel,a great woman. Try your best to stay together although you may havr already done that. The best to both of you and your son. Lynn
Posted by lynn5280 July 3, 2014, 4:53 pm.
My Hero
From the time you came into the public eye you have been a hero to me. Never selling out but always remaining true to the humanness within yourself. You showed a generation of young girls (including my daughters) that women don't have to flaunt sexuality or follow the crowd to be amazing. My heart swells with pride at my hero after reading this blog. You are unwavering and I love you with all my heart which is breaking for yours. I am so proud of you.
Posted by JillHouston July 3, 2014, 3:42 pm.
Be Well
Divorce is a deeply personal and unique journey. Hoping the tabloids bug off and that the public gives you your personal space. Mutual or not, it's heartbreaking, but you you will grow and you will get through it in your own way. Worthy of mention- "This Way" made its debut when I was getting divorced. When I look back- it was source of comfort and enjoyment for me. It's one of my favorite albums ever. Separation was a tough time. But when I reflect on everything I went through- I see how much a learned and evolved. It's not all bad. Good luck to you, be well, and remember you're not alone.
Posted by silentspot July 3, 2014, 3:16 pm.
Please Reconsider
You won’t remember but we met once in Tusla, Bosnia (Fall of 2000). You were on a USO tour. Recently, once my wife and I became aware of your relationship to the Kilcher family in Alaska we found ourselves even more interested in your music, your poems, and your life. We also have three grown daughters so that’s a part of it as well. We’ve been married for 34 years now. We’ve been through more than most couples and both have thought of calling it quits more than once. We’ve had some hard times caused by one or both of us; hard times that just showed up; difficult moments due to how we both see the world and life so differently. 34 years ago, a few days before we got married we promised each other there would be no quitting or walking away. It meant more to my wife than it did to me, frankly. I come from a family where I’m the only one who hasn’t been divorced. She comes from a family where no one has ever been divorced. There have been times when I just didn’t ever want to see her again and I believe she’s had those moments too. Today, two weeks from her 60th birthday (I’m 56), I can tell you I never loved anyone like I love her right now. I am more than capable of making it without her but I just don’t want to imagine a world without her in my life every single day. I, like so many other older people on this blog have already said, am certain you will both regret this decision if you proceed. If you can be so amicable in this decision, you can be sufficiently amicable to make it work. No one else knows what’s going on inside your home and in your hearts. It’s no one else’s business really, regardless of how “famous” and “public” your life has become. It’s no one’s business but yours. Still, we care about you and your family and we just want to say, don’t give up. It’s too valuable to lose. One day you’ll agree, whether you’re still together or not.
Posted by Dan2You July 3, 2014, 3:02 pm.
Wait a minute
I have been a fan for a long time, even though I am probably old enough to be your father. But in addition to your great songs and poems which I have, you have represented what I admire in a women. Intelligence, insight, sensitivity,and courage. So it is with trepidation that I comment on the decison you and Ty have made . But my years have taught me a lot about marriage. I have seen friends go through this. The one common thread is the age of the persons involved. Something wierd happens after age 40. The lust is gone but the love is not. Its hard to deal with. But it is a test. If you and Ty persevre you will be amazed how rewarded you would be with a new kind of love based on negotiating this crisis. If you can , it will give you mature love which lasts into old age. I hope you try.
Posted by Mallard July 3, 2014, 2:13 pm.

Jewel and Ty, I am so very sorry for your loss, but inspired that you are working together through your life change. May the universe be kind to you and your family.
Posted by geriols July 3, 2014, 1:57 pm.
I am saddened to hear this and it breaks my heart. I hate to hear when marriages end, even though some are for good reason. My parents divorced when I was 4 and having a photographic memory, I remember every single detail, as I am sure you understand as well. It has followed me my whole life. I do not have a relationship with my father, but we have spoken. Divorce is tough, kids or not. I am so glad to hear that you and Ty will continue to parent Kase with the same love you give him now. I am 38 years old and have a 2 year old daughter myself. It definitely takes a toll on a marriage, but I have prayed and decided to make it work. So far, so good. But each relationship is different and I understand that sometimes you just need to be apart to make it work. One day, years later, after you and Ty are finished growing, you may find your way back to each other. It has happened. Keep looking up and continue being the wonderful, caring human beings you both are and everything will work out the way it should.
Posted by mecfam July 3, 2014, 1:22 pm.
My thoughts are with you.
Jewel, I am saddened by the news but am certain you both are strong enough to endure it. I've been through a very similar situation and it isn't easy, by any means. I've always had great respect for you and your talents. Best of wishes to you both. Sincerely Spoken, Loyal Fan
Posted by Wingwalker July 3, 2014, 1:19 pm.
Holding Space
Hello, Random semi-fan who found your blog post today, and want to lend a note of support. I have recently untangled my life with my husband in a similar way, and want to tell you it can be done with great love, as you are doing. Even with kids (we have two). You can do it, and your decision that it's for the best is empowering and trustworthy. Our culture has such wrong ideas about both divorce and marriage; it's important that we be examples for each other of healthy separations, so that that, in the end, can contribute to ever healthier partnerships. I trust your story. All my best to you. The first six months are the hardest. Breathe, hold space, be patient with the pain. You have echoes of community doing this with you, layers of eyes meeting yours. All best to you and yours.
Posted by bravebird July 3, 2014, 12:28 pm.

So sad to hear this news. Jewel you are an inspiring person and a wonderful mother . Stay strong and and be yourself. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Posted by mbeavon1 July 3, 2014, 9:31 am.
Keep Shining
I'm sitting here taking in your latest news and reflecting back on the old days at Java Joes on Newport in O.B. (Wow!Flashback!)Wishing you and your family much strength and many blessings through this transition of growth. Keep on Shinin' Jewel. *Peace*Love*Light*
Posted by nashman62 July 3, 2014, 8:26 am.
No Sorrows
You make a wonderful living explaining things through song, What an awesome life experience to add to your wisdom. Of course your not telling us the particulars, but having listened carefully over the years to your art, those of us who are worthy of knowing, know. See you in Grass Valley, Chris.
Posted by chriskenton July 3, 2014, 6:33 am.
Intuition by Aaron Stone
As I have known you Jewel ever since I was a baby boy in your arms as I have suffered the same Fate from the Same hands that has broken you and I in the same matter and thru the years we have picked each other us you me and them all I can say to you is Follow your Heart your intuition as you bend the hook as it leads you in the right direction because the evil that flows through the hands that hurt you me britney justin chelsea and everyone at the mutton race for the PB revival those things will never heal too many children wounded some who couldn't walk the earth afterwards to be able to mend it children who have to grow up with the lies and the attempted murder that had been given to innocent boys and girls jewel jewel Aaron Britney justin chelsie Shelly haven Matthew break if you will bend in the wind but bow back and break them
Posted by Aaronstone386 July 3, 2014, 5:54 am.
What's tough about this...
Getting divorced is the single most difficult thing I've ever been through (and continue to go through). Peggy Sue Gerron once shared with me that divorce is so tough because EVERYTHING, absolutely EVERYTHING in your life changes all at once. I was really confused until I heard and absorbed that. But you keep walking and little by little the "new normalcy" in your life begins to settle in. I am sorry you are going through this, Ty, too. I wish I had words to make this easy for you. I guess two things my friend Chris told me meant the most (still do). "If you are in hell, keep walking. You'll come out the other side, eventually." Not bad advice. Equally as good (but likely you've heard this before) "Everything changes. If you don't like the way things are, stick around, it will change. If you like the way things are, stick around, it will change." Stay close to love wherever you find it.
Posted by chuckubus July 3, 2014, 4:48 am.
Be strong
Hey Jewel, sorry for the news. If you ever need a break and want to play some cribbage I would be happy to have my butt kicked by you again.
Posted by Thecrow2123 July 3, 2014, 3:52 am.
best wishes
Sometimes love makes us stronger and sometimes weaker. There will always be love for their son and that makes them both stronger to become better friends.
Posted by scott779 July 3, 2014, 3:38 am.
We Grew Apart......
Pick your poison with your old mate and life or your new one. I went after the green grass and found that she was not only imperfect but a psychopath. So due to my selfishness I ended up losing the best thing that ever happened and our children. You are going to wish that you hadn't done this at some point. Whatever your and Ty's selfish reasons you simply can't put your marriage, each other and your son above yourselves. If you could, you would make it work and it would be good. Nothing is good all the time and everything worth having takes nurturing.
Posted by Philo July 3, 2014, 3:33 am.
Above It
Posted by Philo July 3, 2014, 3:23 am.
Thinking of you
It's been a long time since I've thought about you.This liminal place you find yourself is only temporary. Keep smiling, everything will be fine.
Posted by Magusmagazine July 3, 2014, 2:43 am.
Sending you and your family love
Jewel....I read this letter this morning and have been thinking about you and your family all day. I was deeply saddened by the news and I wish you and your family hope, love and peace. I wish I could give you a great big hug. Love to you all.
Posted by sarr July 3, 2014, 1:26 am.
Thank you
I want to thank you for your honesty and sharing your story. I am going through a divorce and we also have moved on for growth. We have no ill feelings at all. It is odd how it is a weakness and a strength all at the same time. I think sharing our stories with one another can be very healing. I wish you and your husband all the strength and love between you during this difficult time.
Posted by sparsons9399 July 3, 2014, 1:16 am.
My Thoughts Are With You
Jewel, You are a truly special and individual spirit, and your work has been a special part of my life for 15+ years. I'm very sorry to hear this news, but I know that it is often the best decision that a couple can make. I commend you for this beautiful letter to your fans. You know we send our love and prayers to you both. And I know Kase will be raised by two parents who love him. Best wishes and I will keep you, Ty and Kase in my prayers. Lots of love from North Carolina.
Posted by ShannonMC July 3, 2014, 12:39 am.
Thinking of you
Thoughts are with you all. Sad news for me, but I hope peace is with you all during this and always.
Posted by UGApaintdawg July 3, 2014, 12:13 am.

I love it! Separating is painful but I so admire a couple who knows when it's time to let it go. Growth is the most important thing, and choosing against it for the sake of comfort and safety is a prison sentence for your soul. Best of luck, and remember, nature abhors a've got yourself a big ol' space now to let all sorts of good stuff come rushing in. And you'll always have a kindred spirit in your once-was husband.
Posted by juliangelina July 2, 2014, 11:55 pm.
sending you, ty and kase all the love!
Posted by Ebuchszer July 2, 2014, 11:03 pm.
well wishes
I'm so sorry to hear that you and Ty felt like you had stop growing. Your marriage had a nice story the down home girl who had become to big celebrity falling in love with the country boy rodeo star when she could have probably married any of the many numerous big celebrity stars all around her in the music or movie industry. As a motorcycle fan as well as rider I enjoyed reading how you and Ty had gotten into and loved touring the country on your motorcycles and hope that you will both continue to enjoy thyat as you move on to your now separates lives. I enjoyed seeing Ty and was incredibly impressed how the country boy put his all when he appeared on Dancing with the stars with you right there watching him. So its a sad day for you and us your fans. God bless you both and Kase too. I hope that ending your relationship both brings you the happiness you are looking for.
Posted by statxyz July 2, 2014, 10:51 pm.
So Sorry
Jewel as a fan of your since age 17 (now 35) I have followed your career and public personal life for many years. It saddens me to hear this news but I wish you and your family the best of luck as you rediscover your happiness.
Posted by meadechris5 July 2, 2014, 10:32 pm.

I was shocked to read this blog. I am lost for words. As there are no words can express what you are going through in this process. I will keep still and pray that you will regain your soul. Oh dear...
Posted by greenpoet July 2, 2014, 10:22 pm.
So sorry
Famous or is a difficult decision to come to! Take good care.
Posted by Claude July 2, 2014, 9:54 pm.
Argentina Fans Club is with You
All your fans from "Jewel Argentina Fans Club" are with you. We loves you forever, and our love and support will never fades down! ♥
Posted by Indio_Kilcher July 2, 2014, 9:46 pm.
stay classy..
Such a classy letter.
Posted by mverinder July 2, 2014, 9:21 pm.
Our Love For You Will Go On Forever!
Our love, hopes and prayers are with you through this difficult time. I am divorced and it gets better later, but it's most difficult in the beginning. I admire you and Ty for being together as long as you have and sharing your thoughts, words, songs, poetry and you have made me and the world a better place over the years. Your fans will always be here forever and we continue our undying support for you. Love to all!
Posted by Electrike July 2, 2014, 9:12 pm.
Your love
Dear Jewel, I wouldn't expect anything less from you that the eloquent words that you have written to us. You put your child first and your husband to be friends is good for him. However, is that really how you feel about this break up with Ty? Sixteen years is a long time. You know everything about him; his habits, his eyes, what he says, his scent. Is it really over? Can't you save this and continue to grow as individuals? I am a Minister and when I marry people, I charge the to come together as one, but to never take away each others individuality. I love you and of course I am a huge fan. Everything that I would like to say to you about your talent has already been said many times. Therefore I echo the love and send it back to you and your family. I know that you don't need me to help you make decisions, I Just think that in the long run, your love for Ty and his for you, will sustain you, forever. God Bless You and your family and you are on my prayer list. Rev. Wayne A. Woodward
Posted by wayneroxu July 2, 2014, 8:45 pm.
We love you Jewel
I am so very sorry to hear this news Jewel. My heart sank when I heard the news. You and your beautiful family are in my prayers. As a fan, I want to say thank you for being who you are. God will continue to bless you on your journey. Your fans love you and support you!! My daughter and I love listening to your music. God Bless you.
Posted by Minniemoo July 2, 2014, 8:31 pm.
I understand you
Even though I didn't directed read your story but I'm looking forward to be your kid. Interested please contact on my email ~ian from previous weird movie scenes.
Posted by IanStuart July 2, 2014, 8:27 pm.
My english isn't so good, I just want to say that my thoughts are with all of you. Love from Switzerland
Posted by Yvounette July 2, 2014, 8:24 pm.

I am so sorry to hear of you and Ty's split. I first thought it was a facebook joke until I jumped on here. I have always admired and looked up to you as we both have had some deep childhood demons. I went through this same deal 6 month's ago after 6 years together. I had a step daughter that I have been a mother too since she was 4 that I am having to learn that all I can do is let her go. She was my life and I was hers. If she could have chosen who to live with....I know in my heart it would have been me. It's unfortunate that he and I stayed in it 2 more years fighting then we should have because so much hatred has come between us both. He is hurting his daughter to hurt me. I can't contact her or vise versa. I have cried and cried and prayed for God's will to be done. I pray I have planted a seed in her and she will come back to me when she is of age. I respect you 2 got out and made a responsible decision before darkness set in between you both. I wish ours could have ended with the love we had grown together with. Love you jewel.
Posted by Tiffany14 July 2, 2014, 8:21 pm.
heartbroken for you
I signed up for an account just so I can post on here. But My wife and I had married shortly after you all in October. And we are going through a divorce now as well. It's been a really dark time, but in an odd way so enlightening as there is a new hope at the end of this dismal tunnel. You are truly an amazing spirit and I have always treasured the words from which you grace us. I hope that continues! And that you keep reaching forwarding and your growth never stops.
Posted by snibe July 2, 2014, 8:10 pm.
My heart broke when I read this. Sending love and support to you, Ty, and Kase
Posted by IrishJewel July 2, 2014, 8:09 pm.
Wishing you Peace-of-Mind, Contentment, Strength, Perseverance, Happiness, Health, Love, and a continued creative, fulfilling career. DrDaveR
Posted by DrDaveR July 2, 2014, 8:04 pm.
Future, here she comes!
I'm sure as a songwriter, you'll write some awesome, heart-wrenching material from this whole experience! I haven't been following you much since you got married 'went country'. I guess I liked the songs you wrote when you were single. Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow always wrote great songs when they were mad or going through turmoil. Stevie Nicks did, too. You'll get through this, Jewel... just let your feelings out through your music :-)
Posted by RoohBear July 2, 2014, 8:03 pm.
We are here with you!
Hi Jewel. You are so beautiful on the inside and the outside. We, your family of fans, are right here with you. Let's hold hands and get through this together...
Posted by Candy July 2, 2014, 7:50 pm.

Jewel and Ty, Stay true to who you are. Good people with good intentions and a son who loves you both. Detroit, MI wishes you peace during this time.
Posted by Andrew_Balavitch July 2, 2014, 7:34 pm.

I am terribly sorry for this loss. Just know that in every trial there is always a blessing hidden. Jewel you have always been an inspiration to me in all aspects. Your music has helped me through some of the worst times of my life and also been there with the best. Thank you for being you! And many future blessings on your new journey!
Posted by danielle July 2, 2014, 7:27 pm.
Sad news
Dear Jewel, it's a big but very sad surprise to hear you and Ty will get divorced. I hope you both will find the strength to go through these hard times. May something good rise from this bad.
Posted by metalhobbit75 July 2, 2014, 7:17 pm.
Following your heart.........
Jewel you and your family are in my prayers. You know what is best for you and your family and we wish you ALL the best! Nashville show was amazing and its bittersweet to know now how much you were feeling your lyrics that night! We love you!!
Posted by Brookie0409 July 2, 2014, 7:11 pm.

I am so sorry to hear about your heart break. However, I will never forget the kind words you reached out to me via twitter when I found myself divorced and alone with my nearly 2 year old on Christmas. It was touching and soothed my soul, like all the years of your music has. You are not alone and it does get easier. Just keep loving your child and things will work out.
Posted by ttg July 2, 2014, 7:10 pm.

I am sorry that you have had to make such a difficult decision, but I know that you both are doing it for the right reasons. I am twice divorced with a son as well and no part of it is easy. You and Ty have been blessed with the most beautiful kind of love. It makes my heart sad to know that there must be pain involved, but it makes my heart happy to know that your love for one another, your family, and your selves still remains. You are a beautiful spirit and I wish you all the best. Sending healing, loving thoughts your way.
Posted by Embrie July 2, 2014, 7:06 pm.

I am sorry to hear about you and Ty divorcing. I applaud you for putting the statement out yourselves, in your words, to your fans before the media adds its own twists to this heartbreaking moment in your lives. I hope you can both find happiness and continue to be the best parents for Kase. We are all behind you 100%. Much love!
Posted by paperbagprincess July 2, 2014, 6:57 pm.
prayers for you
Dear Jewel (and TY) I want to express my deepest respect for you both. I am divorced, and have remarried now but during that time is so challenging. I love the fact that you can trust us and know your true fans will be there for you. I want you both to know I am so deeply praying for you both and your beautiful child. I am so sorry. I know you both with play a wonderful role, together/separately to raise him the best way possible. love you Jewel.
Posted by mrskats July 2, 2014, 6:56 pm.

A fan always and forever and wishing you the best during this heart wrenching time...your son and music will give you strength as it has given your fans strength during our most difficult times. xo
Posted by Manda July 2, 2014, 6:47 pm.
With love..
Thinking of you all and sending love your way.
Posted by amberrosejr July 2, 2014, 6:27 pm.
So sorry
I am actually going through a divorce now and no one but my mom knows - it is a very awkward thing to decide when to let everyone know and especially when you feel like you are hurting or letting down family members by deciding to separate- even if it is the best decision for you both. I can imagine how much harder it is- especially being in the public eye. My heart goes out to you and I'm happy to hear you both are ending things just as well as you came together. It is hard and takes work to end things as friends- but in the long run, I think it is much healthier. Seeing you in concert on the 19th, which is a bit bittersweet in the sense that it's both during hard times. I'm sure though making the decisions that you are in the best interest of Kase will allow you both to grow as people and parents.
Posted by minamorgan July 2, 2014, 5:59 pm.
Love you!
When I heard of the news that affected your beautiful family my heart sunk. I know sharing the news was not an easy thing to do but I want to thank you for sharing this personal and private matter with me and all your fans. Your music has given me so much strength, hope, and peace throughout the years and I hope your fans can return the favor in your time of need! We all love and support you Jewel!!!!
Posted by Bc980 July 2, 2014, 5:58 pm.

I am sorry to hear about you and Ty, divorce is never easy, even if it is what is best. I know this was not a decision you and Ty took lightly. I hope you two will find the growth you are searching for. Hope you all know the support and love you have from all your fans! My love to all of you!
Posted by jewel_fan July 2, 2014, 5:27 pm.

I am sorry to hear about you and Ty, divorce is never easy, even if it is what is best. I know this was not a decision you and Ty took lightly. I hope you two will find the growth you are searching for. Hope you all know the support and love you have from all your fans! My love to all of you!
Posted by jewel_fan July 2, 2014, 5:23 pm.

As a child of parents who should have divorced many years before they did, I commend your bravery for taking this step. There was nothing but bitterness left at the end for my parents. So happy this will not be what defines Kases childhood.
Posted by shannonoo July 2, 2014, 5:21 pm.