‘Wild Ride’: Miranda Lambert On ‘The Lessons’ That Now Bring Her Peace, Even Though ‘They Hurt At The Time’

Miranda Lambert performs onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Country star Miranda Lambert opened up about the “wild ride” and the life lessons she’s been through that now bring her peace, even though the singer said “they hurt at the time.”

The 38-year-old country singer said she’s done worrying about people’s opinions of her and said she’s finally in a good place in her life with husband retired New York Police Department officer Brendan McLoughlin, who she married in 2019,  People magazine reported in a piece published Wednesday. It comes after her divorce from country superstar Blake Shelton in 2015 and other public romances put her name in the headlines.

“When I turned 30, I started to take life in a new direction and really start to understand myself a little better,” Lambert told the outlet. “And going through hard things obviously makes you get to know yourself better.”

“When you get broken down pretty good, you look at the mirror and you go, ‘I have to spend some time with me, learn who I am and what I want,'” she added. “I got to a really good place with myself. Then I met my husband. I want to be open about how happy we are. I just don’t give two s***s about people’s opinion of me, my marriage, my music or anything else.”

“I just care that I’m being me,” the “Mama’s Broken Heart” hitmaker continued. “He jumped right into this lifestyle — there’s a learning curve taking a New Yorker straight to the woods — but it was a big laugh. It’s nice to have a partner in that, someone by your side that supports you, loves you and believes in you. He loves me for me. It’s a really cool thing to have in my life, at this point in my life.”

The country star said she doesn’t regret the experiences, “heartbreaks,” and trials she’s been through. But she did offer a bit of advice, if she could, to her younger self starting out in Nashville.

“It’s going to be a wild ride, hon,” Lambert shared.  “Take the reins, and hold on tight. Without the hard stuff — the chaos, the crazy schedule, the heartbreak, the falling in love, the falling out of love — I wouldn’t be who I am. I’m thankful for the lessons, even though they hurt at the time.”

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