Country singer Miranda Lambert broke down on stage in Wyoming while singing “The House that Built Me.” The reason turned out to be much more personal than you might think.
Before the news hit of the Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton divorce on Monday, she tried to carry on. However, in the middle of that particular song, she began crying and had the fans finish it.
“The House that Built Me” was not only the winner of a Grammy and one of Miranda Lambert’s biggest hit songs, but it was also written for now-ex Blake Shelton. While Lambert was driving with who was at the time her fiance back in 2011, Shelton had played the song for her, at which point she felt an emotional connection and started crying, says People Magazine. Shelton decided then that Lambert should take it.
“I took one look at her and just said, ‘If you have this strong of a reaction to a song, you need to record it!’ “
That was the first time Miranda Lambert broke down over “The House that Built Me.” It most likely won’t be the last time, either, unless the country singer decides to simply stop singing it for a while. The song had become almost a theme for their marriage, which during her Cheyenne Frontier Days concert in Wyoming, caused her to tear up.
Observant fans might have noticed something in 2013 that could have foreshadowed the announcement of the Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton divorce. During her Oklahoma Benefit Concert, she was spotted without her wedding band, and had a similar breakdown then, too.
Reps for the singer have asked for the public’s understanding following Miranda Lambert’s breakdown on stage.
“This is not the future we envisioned, [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 emotional show was certainly not planned, as Lambert herself explained to the audience after her tearful performance.
“The last thing someone wants to do is cry in front of 19,000 people.”
The song will probably be an emotional experience for Miranda Lambert for years to come. Due to her divorce from Blake Shelton, the man she wrote it for, it has more meaning to her than just the words.
What was your reaction to seeing Miranda Lambert break down on stage while performing “The House that Built Me”?
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