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Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires headed for divorce

Jason Isbell (R) filed for divorce from his wife and fellow country music singer, Amanda Shires. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Jason Isbell (R) filed for divorce from his wife and fellow country music singer, Amanda Shires. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Country music couple Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are headed for divorce.

People reported Thursday that Isbell, 45, filed for divorce from Shires, 41, on Dec. 15, two months before the pair's 11th wedding anniversary.

Rolling Stone confirmed the news.

Isbell and Shires married in February 2013 and have an 8-year-old daughter, Mercy.

Isbell plays guitar for Shires' country music supergroup, The Highwomen, while Shires plays fiddle and performs as a backup singer for Isbell's band, the 400 Unit.

Jason Isbell attends the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in 2019. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Jason Isbell attends the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in 2019. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

The pair have been open about challenges in their marriage, with Isbell sharing in a 2020 interview with The New York Times how pressures during the making of his album Reunion caused him to push people away, including Shires.

"At one point, I said, 'It'd be easier if somebody had cheated.' Then we could say, 'You did this,' or 'I did this,' and 'Somebody needs to be real sorry,'" Isbell said. "But it was more like, 'We don't know each other right now. We're not able to speak the same language."

Amanda Shires attends the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2019. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Amanda Shires attends the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2019. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

In addition, the 2023 documentary Running With Our Eyes Closed featured a scene where Shires read an e-mail she sent Isbell about possibly seeking marriage counseling.

Isbell and the 400 Unit won two awards Sunday at the Grammys: Best Americana Album for Weathervanes and Best American Roots Song for "Cast Iron Skillet."