"Over You," and out. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have finalized their divorce just hours after the country couple announced their split to Us Weekly on Monday, July 20.
TMZ reported on Monday that Shelton filed his divorce documents nearly two weeks ago, and that a judge signed off on the papers on Monday afternoon. A source confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday that the judge did indeed sign off on the divorce in Oklahoma.
The country superstars, a staple in the music awards show circuit and beloved by countless fans, confirmed their split to Us on Monday with a joint statement released by their reps. "This is not the future we envisioned," the stars reflected. "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."
The couple first met during an onstage duet at CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert back in 2005, when Shelton was still married to his first wife, Kaynette Gern. "I didn't know if it was just initial butterflies… I don't know what it was," Lambert later told Hoda Kotb in 2011 of the initial encounter. "It was just this draw to each other."
Shelton divorced Gern in 2006, and later recalled his first meeting with his future wife in an interview with VH1's Behind the Music in 2011. "I’ve never had that kind of experience with anybody," he said of the palpable chemistry exhibited during that performance. "I was a married guy, you know? Standing up there and singing with somebody and going, ‘Man, this shouldn’t be happening.’ Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her, right there on stage."
In her final magazine interview before the split announcement — for Country Living's June 2015 cover story — Lambert said she and Shelton were settling into a routine. "We're building a new house, and I've been saving inspiration on Pinterest," she explained of their day-to-day lives. "A friend of mine recently said, 'I can see your Pinterest boards, and all you have on there are dog rooms.' My husband and I have 15 rescue animals, and I spend way too much time planning our pets' spaces. I'm like, okay, I probably need to move on to the laundry room!"
She also said this year that her husband was her better half. "I'm not sunshine and roses. Blake's the happiest person on the planet,” Lambert told Marie Claire in the January 2015 issue. “He pulls me out of my darkness … Literally, everything is the best about being married."