Miranda Lambert disses ex-husband Blake Shelton, says she was dragged into paparazzi world because of him
Miranda Lambert says she channeled her emotions and captured the seven stages of grief, but it took her 24 songs to get there
Miranda Lambert is not the kind of person who minces words and, in a new interview, the singer has decided to set the record straight once and for all. Lambert, who was previously married to Blake Shelton and is currently rumored to be dating Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker, discussed everything from her music to her previous marriage through the course of the interview with Hits Daily Double.
“2015 pushed me into a writing mode I’ve never been in before. It’s very humbling to be hurt and, I have to be honest, my fans expect that from me,” she told music journalist Holly Gleason.
“I was going through a divorce very publicly, and thank the Lord I am a writer. That meant I could find some way to deal with it, that people could say, ‘I get it — I’ve been there too.’ And ‘It’s why I related to you because I went through the same thing,’” Lambert said explaining the raw and honest music she produced at the time.
“It made me feel so alone, as much as it does anybody else. There’s fun stuff on there too. I feel like I’ve captured the seven stages of grief, but it took me 24 songs to get there,” she added.
Speaking about what went wrong in her relationship with Shelton — the couple was married from 2011 before their decision to split in 2015 — Lambert said, “The only plan I had for [my 2014 album] Platinum was I wanted everyone to know it was coming out.”
She added, “I needed to get to another level. I remember I told [my manager] that I needed to up my visibility on this record. I don’t know why I felt that way. Maybe it was the phase in my life where the tabloids came into play. The Hollywood part of my life, but really my husband’s life at that time.”
For everyone who didn't realize, Shelton only arrived in the music scene and became a celebrity outside the country music industry when he joined The Voice as a singing coach. However, his wife Lambert, being a private person, did not welcome the celebrity status all of a sudden. “I’m pretty private,” she admits. “It’s not my fave, the glam, and cameras. It’s my least favorite part of the business.”
“It felt like the more they wrote, the more they just made stuff up,” she explains. “Though, honestly, it all muddied the waters so much you couldn’t tell what was true anymore.”
“I was dragged into this paparazzi world, which I had never been part of, never wanted to be part of,” she says. “I had established this headlining career, finally, and wanted to make sure I kept my spot, really. I’d worked really hard to get my spot, and I wanted to see how I could up my game, to make sure that I stayed at the level I’d gotten to.”
However, she admitted that the extensive paparazzi, in a way, made her focus on her music a great deal. “I realized I wasn’t picking up my phone looking at Twitter and Instagram. I wrote 75 songs in six months because I wasn’t using my mind staring at mindless s**t. I took a week off a little while ago, and it felt so good.”
After Lambert split with Shelton in 2015, she went on to date East Anderson for two years till 2018, and she is now rumored to be dating Felker. However, she has no qualms about how she decides to live her life.
“I am who I am. I am honest about being flawed. 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. 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,” Lambert added.