Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Country music power couple Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert announce divorce

Fill your Dixie Cup with whiskey, grab a box of tissues and put Patsy Cline's Crazy on repeat because it's over for country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. The couple have split after four years of marriage.

"This is not the future we envisioned," they said in a joint 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."

It's cool, though, because good can come from this, mainly in the form of artistic expression. A source tells Us Weekly that Shelton has been feverishly recording ever since the split.

According to TMZ, Shelton filed the divorce papers a while back and a judge ended the marriage Monday. A prenup helped move things along and the pair don't have any kids together. Seemingly the most difficult decision: Shelton will get custody the Oklahoma ranch, and Lambert will take the one in Nashville.

By all accounts, Shelton, 39, and Lambert, 31, had been pretty happy together.

"I'm not sunshine and roses," Lambert told Marie Claire in January. "Blake's the happiest person on the planet. He pulls me out of my darkness. … Literally, everything is the best about being married."

However, the pair have said they hardly see each other, thanks to their busy schedules.

This is Shelton's second marriage and Lambert's first. The couple famously met at CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert in 2005. Shelton was still married to his first wife, Kaynette Gern, at the time, but he has said he fell in love with Lambert when the pair sang You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma.

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