It’s official: Evan Felker, Miranda Lambert’s reputed boyfriend, is no longer a married man. A source confirmed to E! News that he and Staci (Nelson) Felker, his wife of just over one year, have finalized their divorce.
Evan, the frontman for the Turnpike Troubadours, first met Lambert in person in early February, when his band played three dates on Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies tour. By mid-February he had filed for divorce from Staci, and shortly afterward, rumors began circulating that he was dating Lambert.
In April, a source told People that Evan “full-on ghosted” his new wife by skipping his flight back to their hometown of Oklahoma after the Livin’ Like Hippies tour ended. He reportedly emailed Staci to say, “I’m not coming home this week.” The source claimed that the following month, Evan “laid it all on the table, like, ‘Surprise!’”
In July, Evan and Lambert were photographed publicly for the first time, holding hands in New York City ahead of a show date at the Jones Beach Theater.
While neither singer has directly commented on their relationship status, Staci has indirectly alluded to the demise of her marriage multiple times on social media.
In April, shortly after news of Evan and Lambert’s alleged relationship (and possible prior affair) broke, Staci posted an Instagram Story that seemed to show her singing along to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.” She also posed with a friend who’s wearing a “Team Staci” T-shirt. Staci posted a selfie on her Instagram Story the same week, showing teary eyes and sporting the caption, “PSA: If Staci Felker can make it through this week, so can you.”
And in early August, Staci shared that same teary photo on Instagram. She devoted the lengthy caption to the best friends who “hid me out for months before things became public, because trust me – there was a portion of this you wouldn’t have wanted to see.”
But on Aug. 17, the day the divorce began making headlines, Staci posted an Instagram photo that felt decidedly more optimistic. “Free on the earth,” she captioned the serene shot of herself smiling.
Staci isn’t the only one linked to Lambert who has shared cryptic commentary. Lambert’s ex-husband, Blake Shelton, tweeted in April, “Been taking the high road for a long time.. I almost gave up. But I can finally see something on the horizon up there!! Wait!! Could it be?! Yep!! It’s karma!!”
Been taking the high road for a long time.. I almost gave up. But I can finally see something on the horizon up there!! Wait!! Could it be?! Yep!! It’s karma!!
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 25, 2018
Fans quickly assumed Shelton was alluding to Lambert. When her relationship with Evan Felker went public, she was still dating Anderson East — whom sources widely speculated she had begun seeing while still married to Shelton.