Jewel and Husband Ty Murray to Divorce

Sad news outta Oklahoma as the multimedia superstar and rodeo champion decide to call it quits.

Singer/songwriter Jewel and her husband of 16 years, rodeo star Ty Murray, are divorcing.

Jewel made the announcement last week in an open letter she and Murray wrote to their fans, which she posted on her website.

"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 wrote. "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 to burn the ties that bound us. Instead we have chose the much more difficult task of undoing ourselves stitch by stitch, 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 heartache 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 staving to be the best versions of ourselves—as humans and as parents."

The letter was signed by both parties, followed with a request for their privacy to be honored during this difficult time while they continue with the process.

Jewel and Murray wed in 2008 and have one child together, a son, Kase.