Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Divorce
Country music’s most famous couple is divorcing. The AP reported this morning that Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have ended their union after four years of marriage.
“This is not the future we envisioned,” they said in a joint statement. “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.”
Shelton, who transcended country music fame with his breakout role as a coach on NBC’s singing competition The Voice, famously duetted with Lambert during CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets special in 2005, singing “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma.” The performance, which Shelton has admitted was the moment he fell for the Grammy-winning vocalist, helped launch one of modern country’s most scrutinized romances, and Shelton would propose five years later. The couple married on May 14, 2011, in Lambert’s native Texas.
Together, the couple resided in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, near Shelton’s hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, and the pair became fixtures around town. In 2012, Lambert opened a boutique, the Pink Pistol, in Tishomingo, with a bed and breakfast following shortly after.
Of course, Lambert and Shelton also put their stamp on Nashville. At the 2014 CMA Awards, the “Automatic” singer took home a record-breaking fifth straight Female Vocalist of the Year trophy, while her husband won his fifth Male Vocalist title. The couple penned the Number One hit “Over You” for Lambert’s Four the Record album and scored Song of the Year honors from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. While the pair’s only official duet was the album track “Bear Skin Rug,” on Shelton’s Startin’ Fires, they often shared the stage, duetting on “Over You” and Shelton’s “God Gave Me You,” for which Lambert appeared in the video. Lambert, along with her Pistol Annies band members Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, also sang on Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here.”
Lambert is gearing up for her fall Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour and will play a special — and already sold-out — club show at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley on July 28th. Shelton will perform a pair of festival shows this weekend in Wisconsin.