Country star Miranda Lambert wants people to know she’s just a regular girl — one who drinks and swears and gets hurt and who’s just lucky enough to have the outlet of songwriting. In a new interview with Hits Daily Double, Lambert opened up about everything from her very normal relationships to her desire at this point in life to just be herself.
In the first part of a two-part interview, Lambert told writer Holly Gleason about the way she funneled the heartbreak of her marital breakup from Blake Shelton into her current double album, The Weight of These Wings. “2015 pushed me into a writing mode I’ve never been in before […] My intention was to use [writing] as therapy […] I was going through a divorce very publicly, and thank the Lord I am a writer. That meant I could find some way to deal with it, that people could say ‘I get it — I’ve been there too.’”
Though the writing process helped Lambert sort out heartache, she had to admit it didn’t take it away. “[The divorce] made me feel so alone, as much as it does anybody else,” she said. Then, talking about her album, she added. “There’s fun stuff on there too. I feel like I’ve captured the seven stages of grief, but it took me 24 songs to get there.”
Like Taylor Swift, Lambert is known for pouring her personal life into her music. As a songwriter, her albums reflect a lot of her emotional states at the time she wrote them. But when Gleason pointed out that the kind of authenticity Lambert strives for also makes her an icon, the singer pushed back. “But I didn’t sign up for that. That’s a lot of pressure. I am who I am. I am honest about being flawed. That’s all I can be, you know? I cuss. I drink. I get divorced and get my heart broken. I break hearts. I can’t do or be that anymore, or it’ll drive me crazy. I won’t be any good anymore.”
But it’s that average-girl persona that Lambert’s fans love. She’s doesn’t feel as carefully crafted as some stars and admits she gets frustrated with the social media song and dance. When Gleason asked her about keeping her private life private, she replied, “I try, but it’s not up to me. With social media, it’s a whole other thing […] They make up so many lies, no one can know the truth. The truth is in my music if you listen close enough.”
We’re listening, Miranda. Whenever you’re ready to talk, and certainly to sing, we’ll be here.