Mi­randa Flaunts Her New Man in Front of Blake

Mi­randa Lam­bert has a mes­sage for her ex — and she’s hot­ter than ever

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She wore a plung­ing yel­low gown and strapped a tiny gold pis­tol to her hot-pink heels. But Mi­randa Lam­bert’s best ac­ces­sory on the red car­pet at the Acad­emy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Las Ve­gas on April 3 was boyfriend An­der­son East, the up-and-com­ing mu­si­cian she’s been dat­ing since De­cem­ber. “Mi­randa thought the ACMS would be the per­fect place to make her of­fi­cial red car­pet de­but with An­der­son,” says an in­sider, “and show off her new life and new love to the world.”

And to her ex-hus­band, Blake Shel­ton. After lead­ing An­der­son, 27, in­side by the hand, Mi­randa, 32, changed into a sexy black jump­suit and set­tled into their front-row seats, her hand pos­ses­sively ( provoca­tively?) tucked against the younger man’s in­ner thigh. Blake, 39, ap­peared in the show’s open­ing num­ber, then per­formed his newest hit, “Came Here to For­get” — a song about get­ting over (and back at) an ex with a new love. It’s easy to draw the par­al­lels: Blake — who’s called the track “a di­rect look into my life” — di­vorced Mi­randa out of the blue eight months ago and moved on just weeks later with Gwen Ste­fani, 46. “The whole thing was eerily un­com­fort­able,” says a wit­ness. But Mi­randa kept her cool. “Boy, was she ready,” says the in­sider. “In­stead of be­ing mor­ti­fied, she sat there beam­ing and show­ing ma­jor PDA with her beau. She flaunted him the whole night.”

Mi­randa got her mes­sage across. “There is no ques­tion that for her, this is the equiv­a­lent of a come­back song,” Bev­erly Hills–based psy­chol­o­gist Julie Arm­strong, who does not treat the singer, tells In Touch. “She wants ev­ery­one to know she’s back, she’s con­fi­dent, she has a new boyfriend — and she’s un­fazed by last year.”

The ta­bles have turned since the last big coun­try mu­sic event. Right be­fore the Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards kicked off in Nash­ville, Tenn., last Novem­ber, Blake and Gwen both had their reps make the un­usual move of pub­licly con­firm­ing their ro­mance. Then, after the tele­cast — dur­ing which Mi­randa had to look at her ex in the front row as she col­lected her award on­stage — Blake and Gwen made their first pub­lic ap­pear­ance as a cou­ple at his record la­bel’s af­ter­party. “This time,” says the in­sider, “Mi­randa ruled the night.” That in­cludes her sev­enth straight vic­tory for Fe­male Vo­cal­ist of the Year.

Blake was low-key off­stage. “He didn’t even walk the red car­pet,” says the wit­ness. His new love was MIA, too. “Blake re­ally wanted Gwen to go with him, but it was her day to get her kids back from [ her ex] Gavin [Ross­dale] after a week with­out them, and her boys will al­ways come first,” says a Gwen source.

Mi­randa wasn’t con­cerned about Blake or Gwen . “She’s truly in love with An­der­son,” says the in­sider. “She’s moved on.” ◼

IT WAS HER NIGHT “If look­ing good is the best re­venge, then Mi­randa just scored big-time,” says an in­sider.


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