WATCH: Carly Pearce casts shade on her ex during ‘Diamondback’ sassy performance on ‘The Tonight Show’
Carly Pearce cast a shadow over her ex in a subtle way during her first performance on Tonight’s Show with Jimmy Fallon.
On Monday night (January 3), live from New York, the reigning CMA singer of the year performed “Diamondback,” which certainly made a statement as it appears she’s cast a shadow over her ex. husband, Michael Ray. His custom bass drum head is said to be an exact replica of the engagement ring Ray offered with in December 2018.
Slipping on a black dress with rhinestone studs, Pearce, joined by her band, gave a catchy take on the song, which details not returning an engagement ring after a breakup.
As well as casting shade through her drummer’s skin, it looks like she really emphasized the lyrics, “but who’s laughing now?”
Watch Pearce’s performance in “Diamondback” below.
The fiery song, which appears on his latest project, 29: written in stone, was co-written by Pearce alongside Kelsea Ballerini, Tofer Brown and Shane McAnally.
Fans discovered the subtle pre-show dig hours after drummer and tour manager Mike Blong shared a photo of his drums.
“The devil is in the details,” a Twitter user wrote alongside photos of the drum skin and a cropped image of Pearce showing off her engagement ring from 2018. The quoted lyrics refer to Pearce’s song. “What he did not do.“
the devil is in the details👏🏻💍💎
– olivia (@oliviaa__w) January 4, 2022
Another fan commented, “Tell me it’s not exactly the same as the ring” while someone else shared, “OMG are you telling me she put on a picture of her old ring on her drum!?!? It’s so wild and I love it!
– jess (@just_jesssica) January 4, 2022
Pearce has previously spoken about the song “Diamondback”, admitting that it was his “starting moment” on his album, 29: written in stone.
“I think that was the last song I wrote for this project,” Pearce said. “You try to do the right thing and you try to be quiet, and I just stopped caring about that at that point. I went, ‘Hmm… I have to go’ – and I have it. do.
Pearce and Ray divorced in the summer of 2020 following a whirlwind eight-month marriage.
Months after the divorce was finalized, Pearce released a draft career definition, 29. The seven-track release found Pearce putting his heart on the line with autobiographical songs that portrayed an image of grief and healing.
Six months later, the Kentucky native expanded the project with the release of 29: written in stone. The 15-track project garnered praise from fans and critics alike and truly took Pearce’s career to new heights.
She closed the year by winning the CMA singer of the year title. She also won two fan-voted Country Now Awards, with wins for favorite breakup song for “What He Didn’t Do” and a favorite collaboration for “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” featuring Ashley McBryde.
Although Pearce sings of grief, these days she’s quite happy in her personal life with boyfriend Riley King, a Nashville realtor and former MLB player.
Over the past year or so, the couple have slowly featured their relationship via photos on their social media accounts.
At the beginning of November, during an interview with Audacy’s Gunner & Cheyenne, Pearce spoke about King, saying it was part of her life that she just wanted to “keep private for now.”
She later admitted, “It’s a great commitment to go public with someone” and said she had already “learned the hard way that [going public too fast] can sometimes kick you in the buttocks.
She went on to share that she didn’t want to “bring him into the world” like she had done with her previous relationships, but couldn’t help but gush at him.
“He’s hot. He’s so sexy… And I’m definitely not trying to hide it, but I sure don’t want to exploit all of my stuff,” Pearce said.
Just days after the interview, Pearce and King made their public debut together at the 2021 CMA Awards. Although the couple didn’t walk the red carpet, they were seated next to each other during the show. and even shared a kiss at the nationally televised awards show after Pearce won the CMA singer of the year award.
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