Miranda Lambert has gone through some tough times over the past few years, but in a new interview with Billboard she opens up about how her painful divorce allowed her to get in touch with herself.
“I’m more known for my fiery personality and my confidence, but that’s not me all the time,” she tells Billboard. “I won’t look at things ever again in the same light, because different things in your life bring you to a deeper level with yourself. I won’t take pain for granted anymore.”
And while Lambert doesn’t like to dwell on her well-publicized split from Blake Shelton, she says that anyone who wants to know what she went through can listen to her latest album, “The Weight of These Wings”.
“If you want to hear my side of the story or my opinion of what happened, it’s all on there,” she explains. “There’s no mystery anymore — take from it what you will.”
In fact, the day that news of her split from Shelton broke, Lambert went into the studio to capture her emotions — but the last thing she wanted to produce was a stereotypical breakup album.
“I walked in with guns blazing,” she says. “I just knew one thing: I didn’t want a breakup record… I was like, ‘Let’s feel it all.’ I was ready to have the days where I can’t even stand up and the days where I’m celebrating.”
Lambert also explains why she chooses not to get political in her music.
“I am a 100-per-cent believer in not ever using the platform that I’ve built for anything other than music, because music to me is an escape from your own reality. I don’t want to go to a show and hear somebody preach about their opinions,” she says.
“It’s so divided [in politics], you can’t win anyway — and what are you winning?” she says. “For someone to agree with you, and now you’ve spoken your piece and pissed off many other people, just for one person to go, ‘She’s right’? It doesn’t do any good.”
Adds Lambert: “I’m a country singer. We talk about tears in our beers.”