When the Blake Shelton/Miranda Lambert divorce was announced on Monday, a short statement from the couple pleaded with the public for “privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.” But almost immediately, ugly gossip began to emerge from “sources” pointing fingers and naming names.
The immediate gossip came from Blake Shelton’s camp, which accused Miranda of cheating, while insisting that Blake remained faithful in the relationship. Chris Young’s name was bandied about, which prompted the country singer to step in and deny any involvement in the pair’s marriage woes. Sources from Blake’s camp claimed that when he became convinced she was stepping out on him with a man who works behind the scenes in the industry, he filed for a quickie divorce.
It’s like a story straight out of a country song. A faithful, loving husband scorned by a faithless, cheating wife.
Finally, it looks like Miranda’s camp is responding. Her sources told TMZ that Blake was the one who strayed with a famous country singer, not her. Miranda is furious, according to her camp, that Blake came out of the gate with a powerful PR firm, ready to “sling mud.”
Miranda’s camp also claims his job as coach on The Voice kept him on Los Angeles–a city she hates–for 7-8 months out of the year. While she would fly out to LA for a day to see him, he rarely made the effort to visit her. She felt abandoned, say her sources, and said, “This is no way to live.”
It’s turned into a he said she said battle, with both sides claiming infidelity. Miranda accuses country boy Blake of “going Hollywood” and abandoning her in the process.
The pair were married for 4 years, no kids, an iron clad pre-nup agreement in place. The parting of ways had the potential to be uncomplicated. Blake may have felt he had a reputation to protect, as cheating rumors have dogged him for years. But his heavy-handed approach to keeping his reputation clean has the potential to backfire. Now that Miranda is forced to defend herself, there is a full blown media circus surrounding what could have been a simple parting of ways.