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Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley talks about unexpected breakup

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Brian Kelley did not intend to split up Florida Georgia Line when he started his solo career.

Kelley said during an appearance on “John and Tammy: San Diego's Morning Show” on Friday that he and Tyler Hubbard disagree when it comes to conversations about pursuing other forms of creative expression.

“My core concern was that everything would stay the same and stay together and that our solo stuff would be intertwined,” Kelley said. “Personally, I didn't see the need for a break or a reason to stop. Unfortunately, we couldn't really agree on what that should look like – we're both pursuing different dreams, but you never know how it might turn around.”

He praised Hubbard's solo efforts, telling the hosts, “He's nailing it. I'm happy for him and I expect him to do well.”

Kelley added: “I am eternally grateful to our fans and love them to death. I still hear our songs on the radio, I'm just really grateful to them from the bottom of my heart.”

Florida Georgia Line last performed together in September 2022 at the Minnesota State Fair, but rumors of a breakup had been swirling long before then. In February 2022, Hubbard told People Magazine that the couple were “taking a break” and not splitting up. A few months later, Hubbard confirmed that the couple had split because Kelley had initiated the pair's solo careers, saying there was “no bad blood between the two.”

Earlier this month, the former country duo appeared on separate episodes of the podcast “Bussin' With the Boys” with Will Compton and Taylor Lewan to discuss what happened between them and what led to their split.

In the May 7 podcast episode “Bussin' With the Boys,” Hubbard again confirmed that the “unexpected” separation was initiated by Kelley.

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“BK came to me and said, 'Man, I really feel like I want to do the solo thing,' and I was like, 'Really?'” Hubbard said. “We had just gotten out of our first deal, we were kind of at a sweet spot that we had been working towards for 10 years.”

Hubbard said he wanted to continue as Florida Georgia Line for another five to 10 years, but Kelley remained adamant about his decision, saying it was what he had to do for himself. Although he was surprised by his bandmate's decision, he supported him, Hubbard said.

“I feel like I'm not enough for you… honestly, it felt like a divorce,” Hubbard said. According to Hubbard, Kelley wanted to continue as Florida Georgia Line while also performing as a solo artist. Hubbard declined.

“Brother, emotionally, this is all dramatic, but that's what it feels like,” Hubbard said. “It feels like we're married and everything is great and we love the perks, but you want to sleep at the neighbors' house and come home at night and I'm cool with that.”

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In the May 9 podcast episode, Kelley said his decision to pursue a solo career was no surprise, as the milestone had been set years earlier. According to Kelley, additional creative opportunities were discussed in 2016 and every two years thereafter.

Kelley said the pair agreed that after completing their fifth album, they would create more freedom for themselves while continuing to run Florida Georgia Line. Kelley said it was important to him to continue to honor his craft, artistry and songwriting. He said he had been voicing these concerns for a long time.

“I wanted to do everything and didn’t think it was impossible,” Kelley said.

Contributors: Marcus K. Dowling, Diana Leyva, The Nashville Tennessean

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