Florida Georgia Line's Hubbard and Kelley Disagree on Breakup Reasons

Former Florida Georgia Line bandmates Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley shared differing accounts of their 2022 breakup on a podcast. Hubbard claimed Kelley initiated the split to pursue a solo career, while Kelley said they had discussed solo projects since 2016.

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Florida Georgia Line's Hubbard and Kelley Disagree on Breakup Reasons

Florida Georgia Line's Hubbard and Kelley Disagree on Breakup Reasons

Former Florida Georgia Line bandmates Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have shared conflicting accounts of the reasons behind their 2022 breakup. In separate episodes of the Bussin With the Boys podcast, the country music duo revealed their differing perspectives on the split that ended their decade-long partnership.

Hubbard claimed that Kelley initiated the breakup to pursue a solo career. According to Hubbard, Kelley approached him, saying,"Man, I'm really feeling like I want to do a solo thing. "Hubbard expressed surprise, suggesting they ride out their current deal for five to ten more years before exploring solo projects. However, Kelley was adamant about pursuing a solo career, and Hubbard ultimately supported his decision.

Kelley disputed Hubbard's claims, stating that they had discussed having solo outlets for creative and business reasons as early as 2016. Kelley wanted to honor his artistry and songwriting, and he envisioned performing lengthy three-hour concerts with no openers, featuring both Florida Georgia Line and solo music.

Kelley emphasized that his desire for a solo outlet was not about abandoning Florida Georgia Line, but rather about exploring his creativity and songwriting. He cited examples of other artists, such as Lady A's Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, who have successfully balanced group and solo projects.

Florida Georgia Line, known for hits like "Cruise" and "Meant to Be," played their final concert together at the Minnesota State Fair in September 2022. Since the breakup, both Hubbard and Kelley have released solo albums, with Hubbard's "Strong" coming out in 2022 and Kelley's "Tennessee Truth" in 2023.

The duo's Nashville bar, FGL House, officially closed earlier this month, marking the end of their partnership. While fans hold out hope for a potential reunion, Hubbard stated,"To be honest with you, I was just a little caught off guard... I'll never say never, but a lot of stuff would have to change, to be honest. "Kelley, on the other hand,remains more opento the possibility, saying,"You never know, man. I mean, look at the Eagles. There's lots of groups that have gone through way worse things than we have."