Miranda Lambert talks about 'heartbreak' and 'hard' journey to happiness after finding love with husband Brendan McLoughlin following Blake Shelton divorce

Miranda Lambert revealed that the troubles in her past romantic life have helped her reach the happier period she is experiencing now.

The 38-year-old went through the collapse of her marriage to her fellow country star Blake Shelton before tying the knot with former NYPD cop Brendan McLoughlin.

Now she has told People: '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.'

Dynamic duo: Miranda Lambert revealed that the troubles in her past romantic life have helped her reach the happier period she is experiencing now with her husband Brendan McLoughlin

Dynamic duo: Miranda Lambert revealed that the troubles in her past romantic life have helped her reach the happier period she is experiencing now with her husband Brendan McLoughlin

Miranda, who posed for a People cover shoot and stood for pictures inside with Brendan, gushed: 'I'm thankful for the lessons, even though they hurt at the time.'

She reflected: 'When I turned 30, I started to take life in a new direction and really start to understand myself a little better. And going through hard things obviously makes you get to know yourself better.'

Said she: '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." I got to a really good place with myself. Then I met my husband.'

Miranda separated from Blake in 2015 and channeled the experience of her divorce into her two-disc album The Weight Of These Wings.

Looking fab: Miranda, who posed for a People cover shoot and stood for pictures inside with Brendan, gushed: 'I'm thankful for the lessons, even though they hurt at the time'

Looking fab: Miranda, who posed for a People cover shoot and stood for pictures inside with Brendan, gushed: 'I'm thankful for the lessons, even though they hurt at the time'

In part, The Weight Of These Wings also covered her relationship with Anderson East, the R&B crooner she dated after her marriage fell apart. 

Anderson and Miranda lasted two years together before breaking up, and she subsequently struck up a romance with Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours.

Rumors flew that Evan was still with his accountant wife Staci when he first took up with Miranda after joining her tour in a professional capacity.

Staci and Evan broke up in 2018, but they reunited after his split from Miranda and have since welcomed a daughter called Evangelina, one.

Having a ball: 'I want to be open about how happy we are,' said Miranda, who is pictured with Brendan at the CMT Music Awards this April

Having a ball: 'I want to be open about how happy we are,' said Miranda, who is pictured with Brendan at the CMT Music Awards this April

Miranda and Brendan enjoyed a whirlwind three-month romance before marrying in 2019, after which he retired from the NYPD and reportedly joined her security detail.

'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,' Miranda declared in her new People interview.

Brendan and Miranda now divide their days between New York - so that he can see his son from a prior romance - and her Nashville farm.

The way they were: The 38-year-old went through the collapse of her marriage to her fellow country star Blake Shelton, with whom she is pictured in 2014

The way they were: The 38-year-old went through the collapse of her marriage to her fellow country star Blake Shelton, with whom she is pictured in 2014

Her mother Beverly June Lambert expressed her full approval of Miranda's husband, telling People: 'She is comfortable and confident, and it shows. Brendan is a good example of a partner. He walks beside her, not beneath or above her.'

Beverly noted: 'Navigating a new marriage, a pandemic, touring, career changes, family health crises, etc. isn't easy. But there they are just killin' it.'

'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,' Miranda said. 

Making it work: Miranda separated from Blake in 2015 and channeled the experience of her divorce into her two-disc album The Weight Of These Wings

Making it work: Miranda separated from Blake in 2015 and channeled the experience of her divorce into her two-disc album The Weight Of These Wings

'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 Kerosene singer shared.

Miranda, who has warmly referred to Brendan as her 'house husband,' also mulled the prospect of being able to take more time off.

'It's really about balance of life and work for me right now. I've been touring for 20 years, and I've been everywhere and seen nothing - just a lot of parking lots.'

She explained: 'I'm trying to use my downtime to really experience life. I always get the boring months off, and I'm like: "Can I just have a sunshiny month off?" So the first of July, I'm out of here, and I'm taking my Airstream.'

As seen in 2016: In part, The Weight Of These Wings also covered her relationship with Anderson East, the R&B crooner she dated after her marriage fell apart

As seen in 2016: In part, The Weight Of These Wings also covered her relationship with Anderson East, the R&B crooner she dated after her marriage fell apart

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