Though the pair of country stars recently finalized their divorce, there seemed to be no bad blood when they came together to support their mutual friend, up-and-coming country star Ashley Monroe.
And while the tweets they exchanged made headlines last week, Monroe is now speaking out about the public exchange, saying they planned it and told her in advance to expect a major plug for her new album.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) July 24, 2015
“Blake had told me, ‘We’re gonna tweet,’ and I was like, ‘What!?’ And he goes, ‘You’ll just have to see,’ and I saw it go down and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is so brilliant,” Monroe told Extra correspondent Alecia Davis. “These are two of my best friends, totally helping me out, making people talk about it, making people pay attention, and I just thought that shows their character — they really do love me, and love my record and support me even through hard times.”
Monroe said the stunt gained her new followers and may be part of the reason her album surged to the top of the charts.
“I texted them both that night,” she said. “I was like, I’m No. 1 on iTunes and I had like a million more followers. I’m sure they were like, ‘Who is this girl?’ but I’m very grateful.”
Monroe, who is a member of Lambert’s Pistol Annies girl group, has performed with both Lambert and Shelton in the past. She sang with Shelton on his last album, and Lambert, who was only two days divorced at the time, recently joined Monroe onstage to sing a song from her new album.
“She’s just my champion,” Monroe said of her relationship with Lambert. “I don’t think she will ever stop championing me until I’m on top of the charts. She’s very proud.”