The world of country music has been rocked today by the news that Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting a divorce — but I insist on looking back at the day Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert fell in love. If the news of celebrity heartbreak also makes you want to crawl into bed with a bag of Doritos and emotionally eat your way through forty-eight hours of Netflix, this is probably not a good time for you to confront any of the headlines circling around the world wide web that speculate why the two are splitting. Instead, it might be better for you to pretend that this isn’t happening and think back on where their love began. Because denial is always super useful in these tragic situations, right?
The two were married in May of 2011 in a beautiful wedding in the Texas hill country, but their love affair began long before that. In 2005, Lambert and Shelton began dating, even though Shelton was still married to Kaynette Gern (the two officially divorced in 2006). While Shelton and Lambert’s life together between 2005 and 2011 remained relatively quiet, there is one public moment that shows the two of them clearly falling head over heels in love with each other. During the CMT 100 Greatest Duets concert, the two country stars performed the first of many duets together, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma.” And the chemistry was out of this world (see video below). Lambert looks coyly at Shelton, every now and then taking her eyes off the crowd, while Shelton can’t stop grinning like a fool at his future wife. About the event, Shelton later told VH1, “I was a married guy, you know, standing up there going, ‘Man, this shouldn’t be happening.' Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her right there on stage.”
I don’t know if watching this video is more painful knowing what the couple is going through currently, or just the thing I need to remind me that love does still exist. But either way it is heartbreaking to read the statement from the couple about their divorce after watching this moment when they first fell in love: "This is not the future we envisioned and it is with heavy heart that we move forward separately. 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."
Ugh. It wasn’t what I envisioned for the future either, you guys. So if you need me for the rest of the day, you can find me crying softly to myself while I watch this video on repeat and drown my feelings in donuts.
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