Following years of tabloid gossip claiming marital troubles, 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 dominated the Academy of Country Music’s and Country Music Association’s awards shows. Ada-native 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.
The two married in 2011 in Texas and were seen together as recently as April at the ACMs in Texas.
The couple maintained a home and ranch near the town of Tishomingo in southeast Oklahoma near the Texas border. Lambert invested in the Tishomingo downtown, opening The Pink Pistol boutique in 2012. Last year, Lambert opened The Ladysmith bed and breakfast on Main Street in Tishomingo.
Both have been a hit, drawing tourists from all over and helping the town experience a boom of activity.
Lambert last played Tulsa in February. Before the show, she told the Tulsa World in an email she has felt welcomed in Oklahoma.
“We love living there on our farm; I am a fan of the small-town feel, and I get to be myself,” Lambert wrote. “My parents have instilled in me to be proud of where you come from, so I will always be very proud of being a Texan.”
Blake’s last performance in Tulsa was in October 2013 at the BOK Center.
The couple also has a home in Nashville. Lambert told the Associated Press in 2010 that they maintain a level of normalcy in their home life.
“We’re a really normal couple,” Lambert told The Associated Press “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 particular 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.
It’s the second divorce for 39-year-old Shelton, who split with his first wife in 2006 after a three-year marriage.