Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have called time on their four-year marriage.
Warner Music Nashville has confirmed the news, as reported by the Associated Press.
Shelton and Lambert have worked out all of their financial arrangements, which was easy due to their prenup. As expected, they seek privacy and compassion during this hard time, in their “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”. Though Blake was married at the time to high school sweetheart Kaynette Gern, he’s admitted in the years since then that he fell head-over-heels for Miranda immediately.
When Hemby asked Lambert how she dealt with it all, the singer replied: “I have to”.
“I am in absolute shock”, the 52-year-old actress said in a statement released through her publicist, Heidi Lopata. “Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her right there onstage”.
This was just a few months ago and they look delighted to be performing together, smiling at each other and kissing, so apparently things went south quickly.
“But for her and I to sit here together, it’s just going to turn into something about our marriage and it’s all we got left that’s private, is she and I and our home”, he explained. Last year, Shelton reflected on how the gossip impacted their relationship in an interview with US Weekly saying, “And I was upset for [Lambert] to go through it”. “And so I respect him not only as my husband, but as another artist that’s really successful”.
Because they have a prenuptial agreement which makes the division of assets less complicated, the divorce will hopefully remain amicable and the singers can continue doing what they love- making music.