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When news of the split between Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton splashed across the internet in 2015, it shocked the country music world. What had seemed like a picture-perfect marriage between two talented performers had crumbled, and a 10-year relationship had ended.
Not one to dwell, Lambert went straight to the studio and began recording.
“I walked in with guns blazing,” Lambert, 33, told People about her most recent album, which dropped last year. “I just knew one thing: I didn’t want a breakup record. I was like, ‘Let’s feel it all.’ I was ready to have the days where I can’t even stand up and the days where I’m celebrating.”
She wrote “Vice,” one of the songs on the album, the day news of her divorce blew up on Twitter in about “five minutes” with songwriter Shane McAnally she said.
It’s full of vinegary lines meant to fly in the face of gossip and rumor mills. The song also hints at regrettable romantic choices in line like this:
“Another vice, another call
Another bed I shouldn’t crawl out of
At 7am with shoes in my hand
Said I wouldn’t do it, but I did it again
And I know I’ll be back tomorrow night oh”
Rumors of infidelity flew around the time of Shelton and Lambert’s split.
Here’s the video for the song, “Vice,” below:
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Last November, the album “The Weight of These Wings” was quietly released. Miranda made no TV appearances, conducted no interviews and let the record settle in. It didn’t need any help though: The album got rave reviews and was also the latest of Miranda’s six albums to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
“I just didn’t need to talk about the record,” Lambert told Billboard. “If you want to hear my side of the story or my opinion of what happened, it’s all on there. There’s no mystery anymore — take from it what you will.”
Despite Lambert’s outwardly strong front, she was still dealing with serious feelings of hurt and loss, and was not ready to discuss those with the general public.
“I’m more known for my fiery personality and my confidence, but that’s not me all the time,” she told Billboard in their July cover story. “I won’t look at things ever again in the same light, because different things in your life bring you to a deeper level with yourself. I won’t take pain for granted anymore.”
After her divorce from Shelton, Lambert began dating R&B musician Anderson East. She told Billboard that, in between touring and recording, she spends a lot of time at her 400-acre farm.
“I don’t wear makeup for a week or wash my hair,” she said. “I put it in a bandanna and wear cutoffs and play with my dogs.” Now that sounds like a great vice to have.
Watch Lambert’s moving performance of her song “Tin Man” from “The Weight Of These Wings” at the 2017 American Country Music Awards:
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