Miranda Lambert ‘wanted to salvage marriage’

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Blake Shelton breaks breakup silence.

While their joint announcement implied the split was amicable, media outlets quoted sources who claimed a variety of conflicting reasons for the divorce. A heartbreak intense enough to inspire dozens of country songs: Sources reveal in the new issue of that and are struggling with the decision to end their four-year marriage. “Blake’s really broken up over this,” says a source close to The Voice coach, who filed for divorce in his native Oklahoma July 6. “Just devastated.” His 31-year-old bride — seen crying at a July 18 concert in Cheyenne, Wyo. — is also reeling, says an insider: “She’s very heartbroken, sad, and confused.” The pair’s divorce was granted quickly — just two weeks after Shelton, 39, filed — but insiders say the split itself was a long time coming.The abrupt dissolution of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s marriage rocked the country music world on Monday because the pair have utterly dominated the industry ever since they became engaged in 2010, racking up awards brass, album sales and magazine covers galore.It’s claimed Blake has been boozing through the pain of his divorce, with the country singer even calling attention to his alcohol consumption via Twitter on July 17, three days ahead of the split announcement. “Good news! Just hours after the pair announced their divorce Monday, rumors circulated that Lambert had an affair with fellow country singer Chris Young — who denied the allegations on Twitter — and that Shelton had also suspected she was sneaking around with another man, who was not famous.

Arguments over jealousy (Lambert has confessed to reading her man’s texts and direct messages on Twitter) and when to start a family (he wanted kids; she wasn’t ready) were constant. He still loves her very much.” While the couple’s marriage weathered its fair share of tabloid scrutiny over the years – including allegations of infidelity, which both always denied, and constant baby rumors – the Shelton source says the singer was completely dedicated to Lambert: “He hasn’t cheated ever, ever, ever.

He became the standout “coach” of NBC’s The Voice, where he often ribbed co-star Adam Levine and encouraged his Nashville-bound contestants to perform songs recorded by his wife. Despite Lambert telling Us in 2012 that they wouldn’t go more than two weeks without seeing each other, “they were rarely together,” says an insider. “Distance was a major factor.”

Meanwhile, Lambert has spread her wings as country’s resident spitfire, taking her witty perspective, tender introspection and saucy lyrics to the top of the country charts. In an industry particularly unfriendly to female artists, Lambert has taken her perch as an A-list woman (alongside her Somethin’ Bad duet partner Carrie Underwood) very seriously. Before she was ever linked to Shelton, Lambert was most famous for her angry breakup anthems. “I’ve given up on love/Love’s given up on me,” she sang on Kerosene, a song literally about burning down an ex’s house. “Baby, to a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” she said about an unhinged bar brawl on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Lambert’s sass has softened considerably since she married Shelton, though her newest album’s standout track Priscilla, with a chorus that reads, “Priscilla, Priscilla/How’d you keep him to yourself?/Between the whistle calls and the southern dolls/It’s enough to put a home through hell,” sure sounds a whole lot less playful today than it did a year ago. A representative for Shelton told FOX411 this would be the one and only statement given to the press. “This is not the future we envisioned and it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately,” the pair told the Associated Press. “We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues.

Thus, it’s hard not to consider, and even hope, that she might channel some of her trademark break-up angst on a future album, even if that’s a rather ghoulish thought. Shelton has lately thrived on making broadly appealing and bland music, occasionally dabbling in bro-country with tracks like Boys Round Here, which featured Lambert’s group the Pistol Annies on background vocals, and Sure Be Cool if You Did. Shelton is no doubt capable of mining deep subjects, as he proved with Over You, a song about his brother’s death, which he co-wrote with Lambert and asked her to record. They were last seen together in public on July 3, when they performed together at the Greenbrier Classic concert series in West Virginia. “I’m not sunshine and roses.

Blake’s the happiest person on the planet,” Lambert told Marie Claire in January 2015. “He pulls me out of my darkness … Literally, everything is the best about being married.” “I was a married guy, you know? Standing up there and singing with somebody and going, ‘Man, this shouldn’t be happening.’ Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her, right there on stage,” he said. I’ve been talking primarily about Blake and Miranda’s individual singles thus far because, unlike many of the most famous country couples of yesteryear, they never released material together. The undeniably electric clip of them singing David Frizzell and Shelly West’s You’re the Reason God Make Oklahoma together became a central part of both their professional narratives in the years that ensued, and that makes perfect sense. Even if romance doesn’t last, the resulting music does, and so it’s understandable that a couple wouldn’t want to double down on recording duets.

The two got married in 1968 and stayed married until their deaths in 2003, and their career’s worth duets were always charming to watch as Johnny acted all brash and brooding, while June Carter knew how to take him down a peg or seven. Most famous has always been their duet Jackson, which has stood the test of time – and then immortalized for a new generation of country fans in the 2005 film Walk the Line. George Jones and Tammy Wynette also had quite the famous relationship, and they recorded many beloved songs with one another like We’re Gonna Hold On, though their six years of marriage from 1969-1975.

Their marriage ended in a bitter and very public divorce amid accusations of Jones physically assaulting Wynette, but public interest in the couple remained so intense that Epic Records released a new collection of previously recorded songs called Golden Ring. Clint Black and wife Lisa Hartman’s duet When I Said I Do, released in 1999, is an earnest romantic ballad about commitment, and the couple has fittingly remained together since marrying in 1991. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s It’s Your Love strikes a similar tone – and it’s struck a chord with listeners since 1997. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Tim and Faith are also one of the best-looking pairings in any realm of the celebrity sphere.) Put simply, passion makes for great music. Moments of love and moments of pain yield powerful art, and it’s a privilege that country fans get to enjoy music that has resulted from private moments in both marriage and divorce.

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