Country music's reigning female vocalist.
Miranda Lambert may have sold millions of albums but she’s just a country girl at heart. She and husband Blake Shelton live in Tishomingo, a small town that is two hours away from Oklahoma City and Dallas.
Lambert who has a new album called Platinum coming out next month admitted to Billboard magazine that she is puzzled by the trouble other female country acts have getting airplay.
“I don't know what's going on with all the other great female artists,” she said. “I don't know where the connection is off right now as far as the airplay.This is just one of those waves where females are struggling a little bit, but we'll come back around and be a force to be reckoned with."
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That’s not to say that the 30-year-old songbird isn’t proud of being country with a capital C.
“Country music is on top right now,” she notes. “I might be a little prejudiced toward country, and happy about it, but we are popular music… It makes me proud we’re getting the spotlight, because we deserve it.”
Due to her popularity and that of husband Blake Shelton, the duo are now country’s superstar couple – a position that sometimes makes Lambert upset. The constant tabloid coverage on the state of their marriage and whether she’s pregnant have been “hurtful.”
“None of it is true,” she declares. "All of a sudden this page turned, and it was like overnight we couldn't go to a restaurant. There's people outside waiting, flashing cameras in our face, and I'm going, 'What just happened?' Nobody told me about this. I thought this was only in the magazines I bought at the airport, and now we're in them!"
Interestingly the tabloid coverage has only made their union stronger.
“We just laugh about it. I think I've had like five sets of twins in the last two years, and we've been divorced four times, and one of us had a $100 million divorce. We both agreed, 'If one of us has $100 million, one of us is killing the other.' It's craziness."
And as for that recent dramatic weight loss Lambert sums that up to getting older and wanting to “get a little ahead of the game.” She is quick to point out that she is proud to serve as a role model for regular sized women.
"I'm just a normal-sized girl,” she explains. “The girl you would probably come over and have a beer with if you lived next door right now, and we'd probably be frying chicken. I don't ever want to stray away from that.”