Going through a divorce is heartbreaking and messy so, in this article, we’ll introduce you to our top 5 country singers to help you through.
This month, chart-topper, Adele, released her new album, ‘30’, which, the singer says is a chronicle of her recent divorce. Anybody who has gone through a divorce will know that it can be a messy, painful and time-consuming business, and one which affects around 108,421 marriages every year in the UK.
It’s said that divorce is the second most stressful life event that somebody can go through – pipped to the post only by the death of a loved one. Although a free consultation for divorce can ease things a little, the never-ending process of divorce lawyers and mediation can be incredibly demanding.
Because of this stress and pain, it’s no surprise that divorce is a common topic in the world of country music. In this article, we’ll take you through our list of five country singers that will get you through your divorce.
The One About the Kids
There’s little doubt that the single, most heart-wrenching divorce is the one where children are involved – and country music stars certainly don’t hold back on this topic. Tammy Wynette touches on this in ‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E’ when she spells out the word ‘custody’ to protect her son from the pain of the divorce.
Similarly, in ‘I’ll Keep the Kids’, Montgomery Gentry heartbreakingly tells his soon to be ex that she can keep the house, the cars and even his grandmother’s diamond ring – ‘But, I’ll keep the kids’.
Songs like these provide a soothing balm to those experiencing the pain and fear of a custody battle. Certainly relatable for anyone going through a divorce.
The One About the Pain
In 1968, country superstar, Tammy Wynette, released her smash hit single, ‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E’. As Tammy sang that ‘this will be pure H.E Double L for me, oh I wish we could stop this D.I.V.O.R.C.E’, the song clearly touched a nerve with listeners as it reached number one in the charts in several countries.
Although Tammy sadly passed away in 1998, her songs remain a cornerstone of the country music industry due to her ability to perform songs that resonate with fans.
The One About the Money
As though the pain of separation isn’t enough, very few divorces are concluded without some wrangling over financial matters. Many divorce proceedings do, unfortunately, turn ugly because of this.
It seems that popular country singer, Jerry Reed, knew a thing or two about this when he released his single, ‘She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft) in 1982. In the song, Jerry laments that, ‘She got the goldmine, I got the shaft. They split it down the middle, and then they gave her the better half’.
With his clever lyrics and distinctive voice, Jerry’s musings on life and love are the perfect antidote for those fighting for their fair share during a divorce.
The One About Infidelity
Princess Diana once famously told an interviewer that there were three people in her marriage to Prince Charles; referring, of course, to the prince’s relationship with the now Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. Much like Diana’s world, infidelity can add a whole new level of pain to a divorce – or any breakup, for that matter.
In their 1998 hit, ‘You Were Mine’, The Dixie Chicks mirrored the feelings of everybody who has ever been cheated on when they sang, ‘I took out all the pictures of our wedding day. It was a time of love and laughter – happy ever after – but even those old pictures have begun to fade. Please tell me she’s not real – and that you’re really coming home to stay’.
Infidelity brings with it some familiar stages of grief, and it can sometimes help to know that somebody else has been through the same thing – and survived.
The One About Moving On
While she’s perhaps not strictly considered to be a country music singer, Mississippi’s darling, Britney Spears, knows a thing or two about overcoming the speed bumps that life throws in her way.
With two divorces and a very public 13-year conservatorship behind her, Britney’s lyrics from her 2000 hit, ‘Stronger’, provide much-needed inspiration as she states, ‘Stronger than yesterday. Now it’s nothing but my way. My loneliness ain’t killing me no more. I’m stronger than I ever thought that I could be, baby’.
Can Country Music Get You Through Your Divorce?
Self-care is key when navigating a divorce, and it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Country music songs like these listed can help to guide you through the stages of grief and, like Britney Spears, come back stronger than before.