Who is Miranda Lambert's husband Brendan McLoughlin? How singer fell in love with cop after Blake Shelton divorce
Miranda's second husband is a police officer who she met on the sets of 'Good Morning America' and the two couldn't be more different
Miranda Lambert’s love life has always seemed like it’s straight out of a country song with all the high and the low notes that have played out in her relationship history, especially in her first marriage with fellow country superstar Blake Shelton. Shelton and Lambert's marriage may have seemed like it was made in country music heaven, but it ended up being far from heavenly for both. But has Lambert ended up being luckier in love the second time around with police officer husband Brendan McLoughlin? Let's take a deeper look at Lambert's relationships with the two men in her life who couldn't be more different.
It was literally love at first sight for Lambert and her first husband Shelton. Shelton was married and Lambert was engaged, but that didn’t stop the two from falling in love on stage as they performed at the CMT 100 Greatest Duets Concert in 2005. Shelton said, "I was a married guy, you know? Standing up there and singing with somebody and going, 'Man, this shouldn't be happening.'"
Lambert also talked about her reservations at the time. In an interview with People she said, "I knew he was married. I knew better, like, this is off-limits." But for all their doubts, the two plunged into a relationship, for better or for worse. In the initial years, it seemed like Lambert and Shelton had found their happily ever after. In 2010, after five years of dating, Lambert and Shelton finally got engaged. Shelton proposed in the perfect old school way. "He called my dad and got his blessing first," Lambert revealed in a chat with People. "That was so Southern and old-school and perfect."
The two got engaged in May 2010 and tied the knot in 2011. But the love affair ended on as dramatic a note as it started. While at one point the two gushed about each other in front of the press, their divorce was not amicable, to say the least. Apparently, their hectic schedules and Shelton living in Los Angeles to be a part of 'The Voice' rather than living in Oklahoma with Lambert took a toll on their relationship.
Besides, their relationship was marred with rumours of infidelity. In 2015 following rumours of trouble in paradise for a while, the couple issued a joint statement saying, “This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”
Lambert and Shelton have both moved on since. Shelton has announced that he's hoping to tie the knot with long term girlfriend Gwen Stefani this summer, while Lambert announced her marriage to police officer Brendan McLoughlin in a surprise ceremony, in 2019. The announcement stunned Lambert's fans.
Unlike her marriage with Shelton, Lambert and her second husband couldn't come from more different worlds. So how did they meet in the first place? Lambert was doing 'Good Morning America' with her band, 'The Pistol Annies', when she met McLoughlin on the set. The New York Police officer, who is from Staten Island, was providing security on the show and certainly seemed to make Lambert feel rather safe in his presence. Their relationship was helped by members of 'The Pistol Annies' who invited him backstage to meet Lambert with the inkling that the two may hit it off. Turns out they do know Lambert's type.
Brendan didn't just bring love into Lambert's life but also a stepson, who he co-parents with his ex, Kaihla Rettinger. Talking about being a stepmother Lambert said, “My stepson is amazing. I’m loving that whole phase, and I’ve raised a million dogs, so I feel like I’ve got that part of my womanly/motherly thing is full, so this is a whole new journey. It’s great.”
Lambert is eight years older than her second husband but age doesn't seem to be a factor since the two have so much in common. Besides a love for travel and animal rescue, Lambert's parents are also law enforcement officials, which means that Brendan automatically has plenty in common with the in-laws. The couple has had their share of troubles though, with plenty of sceptics wondering how long their marriage will last. But as of now, it seems Lambert has found her happiness. We just hope that it's happily ever after.
But whatever happens in her personal life, her professional life always hits the perfect note. Catch Lambert perform at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. Her former husband Shelton will also be performing at the event. Tune in on April 18, Sunday, at CBS from 8 pm ET/7 pm CT.