Miranda Lambert Talks Weight Loss, Marriage to Blake Shelton: “He Pulls Me Out of My Darkness”

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Miranda Lambert opened up about her marriage to Blake Shelton in the January cover story for Marie Claire.  Boe Marion/Marie Claire

She sings songs about heartbreak and the ole-fashioned, ass-kicking by wronged women, but country crooner Miranda Lambert has no problem gushing about her marriage of more than three years to Blake Shelton

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“I’m not sunshine and roses. Blake’s the happiest person on the planet,” she told Marie Claire for the magazine’s January 2015 cover story. “He pulls me out of my darkness … Literally, everything is the best about being married.”

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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have been married since May 2011. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

One way The Voice coach, 38, supports his wife is in her quest to shed pounds and get healthy. The “Automatic” singer, 31, dropped around 20 pounds earlier this year, but she doesn’t want to make too big a deal out of it. Read more of Miranda’s thoughts on her weight loss.

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“When you have to walk out there in front of thousands of people, it does feel good to know that your s—t’s not jiggling,” she said. “I’m just like anybody else, insecure and scared of looking bad or being criticized. But everybody’s making this big, giant thing about it. It’s way too much focus on women’s bikini photos, and I hate it. Why do we care? I want women to love themselves whatever they’ve got going on.”

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Instead of honing in on her looks, Lambert would much rather the emphasis be put on her music. Growing up in Texas, the former Nashville Star finalist recalled playing in bars when she was too young to be in there without a guardian. 

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Miranda Lambert covered the January issue of Marie Claire. Boe Marion/Marie Claire

“I didn’t have any other plans. I didn’t go to college,” she said. “There was no, ‘if this doesn’t work out…’ It was like: ‘This has to work out!’ When I walk into a bar and smell old beer and cigarettes, it smells like home, because that’s where I grew up.”

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The Grammy winner, who is the voice behind extremely personal ballads like “The House That Built Me” and “Over You,” which she co-wrote with Shelton about the loss of his brother, wants to make sure her music is authentic. 

“Early on, an artist told me, ‘Don’t be yourself. Perform and be someone else,’” she continued. “And I thought, ‘That seems like exactly the opposite of what I should be doing.’ Then I had people wanting me to adjust my lyrics to be more appealing to the masses or whatever. I said, ‘No, that’s bulls—t.’ I’d rather sell four copies of something that’s real than 4 million copies of something that’s fake.”

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