Jake Owen is sharing the reality of his divorce.
The country star, 34, announced his split from his wife of three years, Lacey Buchanan, last summer. Now that Buchanan and their daughter Pearl, 3, no longer live with him, Owen is trying to cope with coming home to an empty house.
“Last year was an interesting year for me both personally and professionally,” Owen said on SiriusXM’s Storme Warren Morning Show on Friday. “I obviously went through a divorce, and my ex moved back to Florida and my little girl went with her back to Florida.”
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“It’s been a really interesting transition,” he said. “That feeling that I was so lucky to have for a while by going out and doing what I love, playing songs, seeing the reaction of fans, getting that ultimate pleasure from them when I’m out on the road that you’re being accepted and people like your music. And [when] the weekend’s over and going home to what was even 10 times better than those feelings that I get on stage, which was walking in the front door and hearing a little girl go, ‘Daddy!’ and hearing her footsteps run.”
He continued: “And now it’s weird, man. I get home, and I’m the only person there and it’s so quiet, and it’s taken me a while to gain strength back again into knowing that I got to start rebuilding again. So I’m back on my feet. I feel really good. I know that I’m back being happy again.”
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In fact, Owen – who’s currently on a road trip from Nashville to Key West in a Volkswagen van he’s dubbed the “Love Bus” to film the video for his new single “American Country Love Song” – added that despite the heartbreak of divorce, he isn’t sour on marriage.
“Being married was an awesome thing for me. I really loved it,” he said. “Unfortunately, myself and Lacey didn’t work out, we still care a lot about each other and most importantly have so much love for our little girl, and we want to do what’s best for her.”