It’s been five years since Kimberly Perry, of Grammy-winning trio The Band Perry, announced the end of her marriage to former professional baseball player J.P. Arencibia. She then cited irreconcilable differences for the reason behind their split.
The two were married at Perry’s hometown of Greeneville, Tennessee, in 2014 – with Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert being few of the celebrities in attendance.
The Band Perry Came Back And With A Vengeance
Early in 2017, The Band Perry announced that a brand new album would be released and would be called My Bad Imagination – which they said would be different from their earlier two albums, as they move in a pop-influenced direction. They then give fans a glimpse with the release of their pop single, “Stay in the Dark.” However, it was later confirmed that the album had been totally scrapped.
Fast forward to two digital EPs, changes with their record label, and Kimberly’s divorce, the country-turned-pop sibling trio came back in 2019 with a scathing new song about infidelity, “The Good Life.”
The electro-pop track features a scorching lyric that torches a former lover. “You had a good life, but you gave it up for hoes,” the chorus goes. And as the song keeps on, the disses are getting even more brutal.
Written by Owen Thomas with the Perry siblings, Kimberly explained the song in an Instagram post, revealing that it indeed came from personal experience. She said it was based on infidelity she went through and “was written during a toxic and incredibly difficult time in my life.”
She went on to say that the strong lyrics empowered her to remember her value and that her self-worth is not determined by one uninterested person or one ugly situation. She wished that every woman, who feels disrespected and degraded, should know that they deserve so much more, too.
She ended her post with a message for those who tell lies and who take advantage of others – and that’s to “do better.”
Her Then Husband Fires Back
Even though Kimberly never said that “The Good Life” is about her ex-husband nor her post directly referenced to him, J.P. Arencibia clearly took the song as being aimed at him.
In a since-deleted post, he responded to Kimberly’s message with harsher words, saying that a person was trying “to revive a dying career with clickbait.”
Arencibia tagged Kimberly and the Band Perry in his post, along with a series of text conversations that seemed to preview the inner workings of the Band Perry and exposed the Perry family as unreasonable to deal with and motivated by self-interest.
After deleting the post, Arencibia then issued a formal statement denying that infidelity took place during his marriage to Kimberly.
Listen to The Band Perry’s “The Good Life” in the video below.