I want to be healthy and fit, but it shouldn’t be that big of a damn deal.” You were the only woman up for the Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs. “I think I’m always going to feel that way about everything. Like, will I ever make another record like Platinum? But I don’t live in fear, because living in fear is the most stifling, awful feeling in the world. “I think I’m still gonna go through all those bunch. My favorite records are not because people lived fully happy lives. I’m still processing everything and figuring out where to go and what happened. If I’m not a different person than I was at 21, then something’s wrong with me. I love being a female in country music and lifting up other females of country. Going through a hard time pushed me into art more than ever.” Since the divorce do you have the fear, of, Well, shit, was that my one shot at happily ever after? Or it’s, I can’t wait for my next love-life adventure. “We were together for 10 years, married for four, were very quickly divorced, and are friends. You look at this Twitter, and what you see is what you get. Today, a rainy afternoon in early October, she’s stone-cold sober, albeit a bit raspy: “My voice is hoarse ’cause I was yelling over loud music last night.” She spent the evening prior at Blue Bar in midtown, where “there’s always live music.” Of her outfit—a cream Rachel Zoe blouse and American Eagle jeans—the 32-year-old says, “I just got some new clothes because all I had were my farm clothes and stage clothes.” That farm would presumably be the one in Oklahoma that she shared with her now ex-husband, Blake Shelton. In other words, it’s more than just an outfit: It’s part of a new start for a newly single woman. We can call her before we leave.” Is there any topic off- limits? The couple’s split in July shocked the country-music world. My Airstream Wanda is named after my grandma—Wanda the Wanderer. The two fittingly sang Miranda’s eff-off anthem “Little Red Wagon.” Now, she’s fired up and ready to record a new album. “Obviously, it’s going to be sad, some of it,” she says of what we can expect, “but that’s good. My goal is to have a single in the spring.” On our way out, she’s eager to point out a little something she picked up on a recent trip to NYC for her friend’s “first Tiffany’s” experience.
I moved to a farm in Oklahoma and had this strong career and home, and then all that shifted. It sounds weird, but he sends me pistols for Christmas, which is awesome. Maybe in the woods, away from the crazies, where I can’t get arrested!Blake Shelton burst onto the country music scene in 2001 with his debut single, “Austin,” which eventually spent five weeks at No. Born on June 18, 1976, the Oklahoma native continued to dominate the charts with 2003’s . But it made me sad because it shouldn’t matter if I lost 100 pounds or 1. All the things you do in your 20s has to do with your weight and emotions. My parents were private investigators, so our whole dinner conversations were about sex and people cheating.” Was it weird to you how much people flipped over your weight loss last year? I lost 20 pounds and got a lot more offers for things. I was turning 30 and was like, well, this is gonna suck from here on out if it’s this hard now.” Had your weight always been an issue? Hormones, you change birth control, you go out and party, you stop partying, then you work more, then you fall in love and get fat and happy, then you fall out of love. You go to Nordstrom and you look for an 8, and they’re gone. (Maiden voyages to the iconic jeweler are a tradition she shares with those in her inner circle.) “I figured I needed something new for my left hand,” she says, displaying a chunky gold ring paved in black gemstones. I wanted to, hopefully, in my 30s steady it out.” Your “before” pictures are what most people hope to look like in their “after” shots.... “I’m not gonna be one of these artists who wallows in my misery so I can be artistic. You can sit here and look at me and go, She’s happy as shit! Some of that might mean nights on my porch crying, drinking whiskey, and going, Man, this sucks right now. I know I have great girlfriends and family and that there are awesome times and adventures ahead. “I’m not even in that mind space yet, but I’m not worried about it. If I ever were to get married again—which is completely not on my radar at all right now— I feel like it’s not about it being a step in life. It’s the way you feel about somebody and the commitment in your heart.” Did you feel like you were letting down your fans? I’m sure I have a hundred more heartbreaks ahead of me. There are pockets of sadness.” You can use it as fuel. [Marriage is] a tough business, and we gave it our best college try. I do have a completely different outlook on marriage and what it should be about. “I’ve only been here like, once or twice, and I was drunk,” Miranda Lambert says as we’re shown to our private table at Nashville’s Pinewood Social. The restaurant/bowling alley/lounge is among Music City’s prime spots for after-parties—which explains Miranda’s state during past visits.