Last August, Jake Owen and Lacey Buchanan parted ways after three years of marriage. Informing his fans first, the country star took to Twitter to make the official announcement, “I wanted to let my fans know how much I’ve appreciated their love and support of not only my career, but my family as a whole,” the singer stated. “Sadly, Lacey and I have decided to end our marriage. We want to focus on our daughter Pearl and make sure that she has a beautiful life with loving parents. We appreciate you respecting our privacy during this time.”
The Florida native also tweeted, “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. We appreciate your support and privacy in this matter.”
Let’s rewind to the beginning of Jake and Lacey’s relationship. The two met during the filming of the sizzling “Eight Second Ride” music video, which debuted August 2009. The video stars the beautiful Lacey Buchanan who hails from Winter Park, Florida.
According to a past CMT interview with Jake, the two didn’t start a romantic relationship until 2011. You can spot Lacey again in the summery music video for “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” below.
Jake Owen popped the question to Lacey Buchanan sporadically and without a ring while on stage in front of a thrilled hometown crowd. The attractive couple married on May 7, 2012, in Vero Beach, Florida and soon welcomed daughter Olive Pearl on November 22, 2012.
So what’s up with Lacey? She’s actually pretty darn private— which is totally understandable. Prior to marrying the country music heartthrob, Lacey was actively building her modeling portfolio. In fact, she was even a super hip SnorgTees model. In an endearing 2010 interview with the trendy brand, Lacey reveals her love for Thai food, reggae music, fishing, and her failure at being a decent video game player.
No matter what went down at the end of their marriage, Lacey can honestly say she left quite the mark on her former husband. The tattoo on Owen’s inner bicep is of her lips. He got the inked on his arm before he even proposed— gutsy move.
But the most important and permanent thing the pair has going for them is their darling daughter. We wish Lacey the best as she begins the next chapter of her life. We truly applaud Jake and Lacey’s efforts to focus on co-parenting and providing Pearl with a great upbringing.