Coun­try cou­ple Blake Shel­ton, Mi­randa Lam­bert di­vorc­ing

Cape Breton Post - - TV HIGHLIGHTS/ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY KRISTIN M. HALL

Af­ter years of tabloid gos­sip, coun­try mu­sic’s top cou­ple Blake Shel­ton and Mi­randa Lam­bert an­nounced their di­vorce af­ter four years of mar­riage.

The news was con­firmed in a state­ment by the cou­ple to The As­so­ci­ated Press, is­sued by their rep­re­sen­ta­tives Mon­day.

“This is not the fu­ture we en­vi­sioned,” the for­mer cou­ple said in the 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.”

Grammy-win­ning na­tive Texan Lam­bert is one of coun­try’s mu­sic most lauded fe­male singers who regularly domi- nated the Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic’s and Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion’s awards shows. Shel­ton be­came a ubiq­ui­tous star as he jug­gled his mu­si­cal and tele­vi­sion ca­reer, as a judge on “The Voice” and a co-host of the ACMs.

They mar­ried in 2011 in Texas and were seen to­gether as re­cently as April at the ACMs in Texas.

“We’re a re­ally nor­mal cou­ple,” Lam­bert told The As­so­ci­ated Press in 2010. “We like to back road and hunt and fish. When we’re home, we’re not in that mode. We’re not in work mode, but it’s so great to have suc­cess to­gether. Our ca­reers have both taken a re­ally good step in a good di­rec­tion at the same time. I just think we have a re­ally good re­la­tion­ship. It’s re­ally strong. We’re best friends, and I can’t see my­self with any­body else.”

But tabloids hounded the cou­ple, in par­tic­u­larly fo­cus­ing on their lives and Lam­bert’s weight.

“There are peo­ple who lit­er­ally, their only job is to make other peo­ple mis­er­able, and that’s a ter­ri­ble way to live your life,” Lam­bert told The As­so­ci­ated Press in 2014.

AP PHOTO

Blake Shel­ton and Mi­randa Lam­bert, right, ac­cept the award for song of the year for “Over You” at the 48th An­nual Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Las Ve­gas, in 2013. Shel­ton and Lam­bert an­nounced their di­vorce on Mon­day, af­ter four years of mar­riage.

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