Kelsea Ballerini Files for Divorce from Morgan Evans: 'Deeply Difficult Decision

The "Heartfirst" singer, 28, filed for divorce from the "Kiss Somebody" musician, 37, on Friday after nearly five years of marriage

They've been working on their marriage for a very long time. Prior to this they had separated privately once before and have been in therapy for several years

This is now public record so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce

This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end

Ballerini told PEOPLE in November that she and Evans were big believers in couples therapy, and went "all the time

We have really good couples friends that we vacation with, but we also can sit down with and have the hard conversations