All love stories have their beginning.
Sometimes, unfortunately, they also have an end.
So while reports of the current demise of the marriage of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have Nashville and country music fans around the world reeling, we all are left with so many questions: What happened? When did everything right go wrong? How could the country fairytale we all believed in end today?
And at the same time, we are drawn to those moments when everything was OK.
Lambert and Shelton’s love story began onstage back in 2005, when a then-married Shelton and the budding country star Lambert ended up face to face as part of CMT’s Greatest Duets concert. The song was “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” and from the moment Lambert raised her eyes to meet Shelton's, it sure looked like love at first sight.
“I’ve never had that kind of experience with anybody,” Shelton recalled in an episode of “Behind the Music.”
“I was a married guy, you know? Standing up there and singing with somebody and going, ‘Man, this shouldn’t be happening.’ Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her, right there on stage,” he said.
Lambert agreed, saying, “It was just like this draw to each other. It was just sort of this inevitable chemistry.”
Five years after that meeting, the two were married.
And now, the couple is reportedly divorcing.
“This is not the future we envisioned and it is with heavy heart that we move forward separately,” the couple said in a joint statement. “We are real people, with real lives, with real family, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”