The country music stars, who got married in 2011, say it is with “heavy hearts that we move forward separately”.
Country music’s most famous couple, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, have announced they are divorcing after four years of marriage. In a statement issued by the pair’s representatives they said: “This is not the future we envisioned.
“And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”
Lambert is one of the genre’s most successful female singers who regularly dominates awards shows.
Shelton has become a household name after juggling his music career with judging The Voice on television and hosting award ceremonies. They got married in front of over 500 guests in Texas in 2011 and were seen together as recently as April at the Academy of Country Music awards.
“We’re a really normal couple,” Lambert told The Associated Press in 2010. “We like to backroad and hunt and fish. When we’re home, we’re not in that mode. We’re not in work mode, but it’s so great to have success together.
“Our careers have both taken a really good step in a good direction at the same time. I just think we have a really good relationship. It’s really strong. We’re best friends, and I can’t see myself with anybody else.”
But tabloids hounded the couple, in particularly focusing on their lives and Lambert’s weight.
“There are people who literally, their only job is to make other people miserable, and that’s a terrible way to live your life,” Lambert told The Associated Press in 2014.