Chance the Rapper and Kirsten Corley announce amicable divorce after five years of marriage

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Hip-hop sensation Chance the Rapper and his wife, Kirsten Corley, have made headlines once again, but this time it’s not for their music or philanthropic efforts. After five years of marriage, the couple has decided to part ways, and their joint statement released on Instagram has left fans both surprised and supportive.

The decision to part ways

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In a heartfelt joint statement posted on their respective Instagram Stories, Chance and Kirsten revealed that they have amicably chosen to end their marriage. The couple had previously undergone a period of separation, during which they privately evaluated their relationship. Now, with gratitude for the time they spent together, they’ve arrived at this difficult decision.

"After a period of separation, the two of us have arrived at the decision to part ways. We came to this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together, the statement read."

Co-parenting and priorities

Despite their marital split, Chance and Kirsten remain committed to their roles as parents. The couple shares two beautiful daughters: Kensli, aged 7, and Marli, aged 4. Their joint statement emphasized their dedication to co-parenting and ensuring the well-being of their children.

"God has blessed us with two beautiful daughters who we will continue to raise together, they stated."

Chance the Rapper (whose real name is Chancelor Johnathan Bennett) and Kirsten Corley’s love story began long before their lavish wedding in March 2019. Childhood acquaintances, their paths crossed again at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in 2012. The reunion sparked a romance that eventually led to their engagement and subsequent marriage.

Their Newport Beach wedding was a star-studded affair, attended by A-listers such as Kim KardashianKanye West, and Dave Chappelle. The couple’s journey was marked by love, growth, and the joys of parenthood.

Speculation and Maya Angelou quotes

Fans had previously speculated about the state of Chance and Kirsten’s marriage. Last year, during Chance’s 30th birthday celebration in Jamaica, a video surfaced showing him dancing with another woman. The clip went viral, prompting Kirsten to share a poignant quote from poet Maya Angelou on her Instagram:

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

Privacy and respect

As Chance and Kirsten navigate this transition, they’ve requested privacy and respect from the public. Their joint statement concluded with a heartfelt plea:

"We kindly ask for privacy and respect as we navigate this transition. Thank you."

While their romantic journey has taken an unexpected turn, Chance the Rapper and Kirsten Corley remain connected through their shared love for their daughters. As they embark on separate paths, fans can only hope that both continue to thrive individually and find happiness beyond their marriage.