Ladies Home Journal recently spent an afternoon in Nashville chatting with Miranda Lambert about her new album, her family, her fans, and her new-husband, country star Blake Shelton. Miranda is quite open in the interview, laughing about how “fun” it is to call Blake her husband, and letting fans know that Blake, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, and Little Big Town will all be guest singers on her new album. You can read an excerpt from the interview below…
You’ve said it took you a while to realize you shouldn’t push Blake into marriage — because he was skittish after a divorce. What made you sit back and wait to see what happened?
When you’re dating for two years, a girl gets antsy, like, “Come on, where’s my diamond?” I just realized that wasn’t working so I decided to change up tactics. I’m so glad we didn’t get married when I wanted to. You think you’ve been through things after two years, and then you date two more and you’re like, “I’m glad we weren’t married two years ago, because we probably wouldn’t have made it.”
How do the two of you balance each other?
He loves to joke, and I’m the voice of reason. Sometimes I’m like, “Okay, it’s serious time. We need to have a conversation that doesn’t involve jokes.” Definitely I’m more standoffish and less approachable than he is. He’ll welcome everybody in with open arms, but they’re not getting to know the real Blake, on a deep level. I’m the opposite. I don’t let anybody in, but when I do, I love them so hard, it’s like I’ll never let them go.
You and Blake wrote a song for your new album called “Over You” about an incredibly difficult subject: the death of his brother. How did it come about?
Blake’s brother was killed instantly in a car accident at 24, when Blake was 14. And one day he just opened up and was talking to me about it. And then he was playing this pretty little melody and we started adding words. I said, “You went away,” and Blake said, “How dare you,” and we both started crying. I’ve never cried writing a song before. Now that I’m so close to him, it’s my pain, too. Later he said, “I think it’s better if you record it. Honestly, I don’t think I can get through singing it every night onstage, so what’s the point?” I love that song, and I feel like it’s time for me to show I have that side of me that’s vulnerable and hurting for someone else.
You can read more from Ladies Home Journal’s interview with Miranda HERE and be sure to pick up the latest copy with Miranda on the cover on newstands now.