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In a world where everyone and everything seems to move so fast, mending a heartbreak remains a slow process.

Just ask Lindsay Ell.

Country music fans will recall that Lindsay and her boyfriend of more than a year, nationally syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones, broke up in late October. Just over a month later, Lindsay sat in the backstage area of Chicago Theatre with Rare Country and opened up about her continued heartbreak over the breakup.

“I’m definitely not over it,” Lindsay said, her fingers nervously playing with one of the many rips in her jeans. “These things take time, and heartbreak is real. We are still friends. He will always be one of my best friends. I will root for him forever because I care so much about him.”

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One of the only bright spots of any breakup is the creativity that often comes from it for people who make their living within fields like music. “Music is an outlet,” Lindsay told us. “It’s always been an outlet to me. So thankfully, I have that. I’ve been writing lots of songs, that’s for sure. We all go through so much as human beings, with so many ups and downs and day-to-day things that if the power of music can help me and anyone else who [is] going through things, that’s amazing.”

And while she is ready to put that painful part of 2017 behind her, Lindsay says she is strong enough to be thankful for all the year has given her.

“It’s been a fun year,” said Lindsay, who performed alongside some of her music heroes at the “America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks Presents: Guitar Legends for Heroes” benefit concert nov. 29 in New York City. “It’s incredible to look back over one year and think about everything that’s happened. It’s insane. Things I didn’t even dream of happened, and I hope 2018 finds a way to top this.”

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Of course, it already looks like 2018 is on its way to being even better for Lindsay, as she will once again go out on the road with fellow guitar slayer Brad Paisley. His “Weekend Warrior World Tour” will begin the year with a 26-date trek kicking off on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles, and it will feature Lindsay along with Dustin Lynch and Chase Bryant.

“Anytime Brad Paisley asks me to do a show, I will be there with bells on,” Lindsay told Rare Country. “[Brad] is just an incredible human being and has been so generous to us and has sort of taken us in as [his] road family. Plus, he is arguably one of the best guitar players in the world, so for me, it’s like living in Candy Land.”

The year ahead will serve as a new beginning for so many, and we hope Lindsay finds success, and songs and maybe even a new love in the new year.

She deserves it!

A country singer speaks out about her continued heartbreak Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for CBS RADIO
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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