Blake Shelton’s ex-wife, Miranda Lambert, might not be completely over him yet. The country singers have both found new loves—Blake with Gwen Stefani and Miranda with Anderson East—and they’re trying to move on with their lives. However, sometimes their music forces them to revisit the past.
Even though the song “Over You” is about Blake Shelton’s brother, Miranda Lambert is still getting paid to sing it. She performed the 2012 single Friday night at her concert in Tinley Park, Illinois, but she didn’t do much singing. According to Us Weekly, she broke down in tears during her performance, so her fans had to finish singing the emotional song for her.
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According to Chicago Now, Miranda Lambert seemed a little down during her entire set. She told the crowd at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre that she wasn’t her usual feisty self because she was “feeling hormonal and had cramps.” However, it could be telling that she broke down while performing not one, but two songs with a Blake Shelton connection; she also started crying while singing her 2010 single “The House that Built Me.” According to People, the song was originally written for Blake. However, after he played a recording of the tune for his then-fiancée, she had such an emotional reaction to it that Blake Shelton graciously decided to give it to her to record.
Miranda Lambert eventually earned a Grammy for Blake’s gift, but the song would come back to haunt her when she and Blake split; Miranda broke down while performing “The House that Built Me” during a Wyoming concert last July. A few days later, she and Blake Shelton announced that they were getting a divorce.
According to the Boot, the other song that made Miranda Lambert cry during her Friday night concert, “Over You,” is about the death of Blake Shelton’s brother, who was killed in a car accident when Blake was 14 years old. Miranda said that they came up with the song’s lyrics one day when Blake started playing this “pretty little melody” and “adding words” to it.
“Later he said, ‘I think it’s better if you record it. Honestly, I don’t think I can get through singing it every night onstage, so what’s the point?'” Miranda said of Blake Shelton’s decision to let her have the song.
“Over You” would go on to win Song of the Year at the 2012 CMA Awards.
Miranda Lambert isn’t the only one revisiting the past. Blake Shelton opened up about his history during a recent interview with Billboard, but he didn’t look back to the days when he and Miranda were writing songs together. Instead, Blake described his split from Miranda as being “in the middle of hell,” and he talked about his new relationship with Gwen Stefani. Blake reminisced about how Gwen reacted when he announced that he was going through a divorce, a bit of news he decided to break to his fellow coaches on The Voice one day during work. Little did he know, Gwen was going through the same thing.
“I won’t forget that day,” Blake said. “I looked over at Gwen—who I didn’t really know—and she had these huge tears in her eyes. I thought, ‘Wow, she feels super bad for me!'”
Gwen later took Blake aside and explained that she reacted the way she did because she and her husband were also getting divorced. They bonded over their shared misery, and struck up an unlikely friendship.
“Next thing I know, I wake up and she’s all I care about, and I’m wondering if she feels the same about me.”
Miranda Lambert’s emotional response to singing a song she wrote with Blake Shelton might leave fans wondering if she still feels something for him, but it’s pretty clear that he plans on keeping what they had in the rear view mirror.
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