Maren Morris Reflects on 2023 as a Year of ‘Letting Go’: ‘I’m on the Brink of Monumental Change’

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

In the past year, the “My Church” singer parted ways with her ex-husband Ryan Hurd and declared her intention to distance herself from certain aspects of the country music genre.

Maren Morris is taking a moment to contemplate the significance of 2023 as she looks ahead to the future.

Prior to being recognized with the visionary award at the forthcoming 2024 Billboard Women in Music event, the “My Church” singer shared insights with the publication regarding the past year of her life and career. This period notably involved her divorce from ex-husband Ryan Hurd and her decision to distance herself from various aspects of the country music genre.

Reflecting on the essence of 2023 for her, the 33-year-old artist expressed, “I’m going to sound so Pinterest, but I think just letting go. Or changeover.”

“I feel like I’m on this precipice of massive, massive change. And the music’s certainly reflecting that,” added the Grammy winner, who’s collaborating on new music with producer Jack Antonoff.

“In 2024, not that I’ve got an album done yet, but by the week [it’s] getting clearer and clearer what the theme and the sonics are,” teased Morris. “I’m not overthinking. I’m not trying to be micromanage-y like I typically am.”

Over the past 12 months, Morris has undergone significant changes in her life. In a September 2023 interview with the Los Angeles Times, the “’80s Mercedes” performer disclosed her plans to “take a step back” from country music, expressing a sense of detachment from the industry and its politics.

Leading up to the announcement, Morris faced criticism from some conservative listeners for her support of the LGBTQ+ community, her advocacy for the Black Lives Matter movement, and her critique of individuals such as Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany Kerr Aldean for making transphobic comments.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen two months after the LA Times interview, she clarified that she hasn’t completely abandoned country music because the genre will always influence her sound. However, she expressed a desire to distance herself from the “toxic parts” of the industry.

In October 2023, Morris filed for divorce from Hurd in Tennessee, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the dissolution of their marriage. Following a settlement agreement reached in early January, their divorce was finalized by a judge later that month. The former couple shares a son, Hayes, who turned four this month.

In the new interview with Billboard, Morris expressed her desire to rediscover “joy and inner peace” after a challenging period where she felt they were elusive. Reflecting on her struggles, she remarked, “I wish it wasn’t such a struggle for me. Not that I think so highly of myself, but I wish I didn’t have such a throbbing heartbeat for world suffering.”

“I sometimes wish I could just ignore everything and enjoy my privilege, but that’s not the life I want,” added the star. “However, I’m learning to let go of expecting everyone around me to share my values. Instead, I’m focusing on aligning myself with people who have similar desires and morals.”

Morris then affirmed, “I want this year to be about my own happiness — becoming a better mom, boss, human, writer, and all the things.”

At the 2024 Billboard Women in Music event held at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles on March 6th, Morris will be recognized alongside Kylie Minogue, Ice Spice, Charli XCX, Young Miko, Victoria Monét, NewJeans, TEMS, and Luísa Sonza.

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