It’s officially over between Evan Felker and his estranged wife Staci Nelson.
A source confirms to PEOPLE the Turnpike Troubadours frontman finalized his divorce from Nelson earlier this week. “Staci feels free and relieved,” says the source about the end of the marriage.
A day before Felker joined Miranda Lambert on her latest tour last month, Nelson announced she was ready for a fresh start. The new couple also were photographed publicly for the first time holding hands after a date night in New York City ahead of their show at the Jones Beach Theater.
“Said what I needed to say to those I needed to see it and archived the last post, because it doesn’t make me happy or serve me any longer. #moving forward #selfcare #smilingagain #ranchy,” Nelson — who previously accused her husband of “ghosting” her after he and Lambert, both 34, struck up a romance earlier this year — wrote on Instagram in July.
In April, sources told PEOPLE Felker blindsided Nelson with his sudden divorce filing in mid-February just days after Felker and “Tin Man” singer headed on the road together for three concert dates.
Reps for Felker and Lambert have not commented on their relationship.
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Last month, Lambert got candid in a rare interview with HITS Daily Double about heartbreak — and breaking hearts — while discussing her emotional album The Weight of These Wings.
“I am who I am. I am honest about being flawed,” she said. “That’s all I can be, you know? I cuss. I drink. I get divorced and get my heart broken. I break hearts.”
“I can’t do or be that anymore, or it’ll drive me crazy. I won’t be good anymore,” she continued. “I felt, maybe, a different kind of fear than any other record. It was really my life’s work and my life’s story. But there was also relief, I was thankful to let the music do what the music does — and to allow myself that.”
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