Raelynn: How Being a Child of Divorce Fueled Her New Hit Single

"Love Triangle" was inspired by her parents' divorce.

By Brian Ives 

Raelynn’s new single, “Love Triangle” is — sadly — resonating with a lot of Americans.

The song is inspired by her experiences in dealing with her parents’ divorce; she was three years old at the time.

She told Radio.com, “I never thought, when I wrote the song, that it would be a single, I just thought it would be a song on my album. But when I found out that over 51% of marriages end in divorces. I knew right then that this just wasn’t my story.”

And once she started performing “Love Triangle,” she learned, first hand, that she was right. When I started singing the song on radio tours — and I wrote it when I was 18, so I’ve been singing it for four years — fans would just come up to me and tell me how the song relates to them. I heard so many stories already, without my album even being out yet.”

“This is a song that needed to be written,” she says. “There’s been a couple of songs about divorce in country music, but none from the child’s perspective.

She shared her father’s reaction to the song: “My dad said, ‘I remember me and your mom having conversations about making sure you wouldn’t feel the way we feel about each other. We would hide you from it.’ But I remember as a kid, when my dad dropped me off with my mom, it was very cut and dried. But that’s just how it is.”

She’s also frank when discussing how their divorce affected her: “One thing about being a child of divorce, I looked at love in a totally different way. I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to get married when I’m 30.’ When I met my husband Joshua when I was 18, I knew that there was something so special about him. And now being married and going through my parents’ divorce and knowing what that feels like, I’m going to fight for my marriage, more than anything in my life. Because I know how much it hurt, and I know how important it is to really work through something. I think it’s easy to give up and it’s really important to persevere.”

“There’s some cases where divorce is really what you should do. But I think for most people, they should really try to work hard for it, because marriage is not always easy. When you’re a kid of divorce, when you do get married, you really think about it. When I got married, I knew that that’s what I wanted to do , and it was with the right person.”

“Love Triangle” is from Raelynn’s upcoming album WildHorse, which is due out next year.

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