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12 Surprising and Sad Country Star Splits

Love as a celebrity can be tough — and the summer of 2015 was an especially rough one for famous country couples.

That year, within two weeks of each other, three beloved country couples announced that they were splitting up: On July 20, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert revealed that their divorce had been finalized; on Aug. 3, Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock shared that they’d been separated for a few months; and on Aug. 7, Jake Owen and his wife, Lacey Buchanan, announced their divorce after three years of marriage.

Sadly, the three couples weren’t the first (nor the last) to surprise their fans with such sad news. From George Jones and Tammy Wynette to Garth Brooks and his first wife Sandy, flip through the photo gallery above to learn more about some of country music’s most out-of-the-blue (and most saddening) splits.

Don’t start thinking that love is dead, however — one of these separations has a happy ending for the couple!

NEXT: Country's Greatest Love Stories

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