Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton splitting after 4-year marriage
"With heavy hearts we move forward separately"
Scripps National Desk
1:05 PM, Jul 20, 2015
1:52 PM, Jul 20, 2015
One of music's most beloved marriages has ended.
Country singers Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have filed for divorce, according to reports.
TMZ reported on Monday that while the pair had filed divorce papers "a while ago," the split was expected to be finalized today. The Associated Press also reported on the couple's split, quoting a statement from their representatives.
"It is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately," the statement said, according to the AP. "We are real people, with real lives ... we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter."
Rumors of the couple's marriage being in trouble have been swirling for at least a year. In April 2014, Shelton, 39, tried to combat allegations that the couple was on the outs. "The truth is, I've never felt a stronger bond with... not only with her but with any other human being in my life," Shelton said. "She's my life."
In October 2014, Shelton defended his marriage on Twitter, writing, "Maybe because the divorce rate is so high the tabloids have just decided to play the odds with me and Miranda. Morons."
The pair have been one of music's most successful married couples since they tied the knot in 2011 — after dating since 2006. Lambert has won two Grammy Awards and 11 Country Music Association awards. Shelton has won nine CMA awards, including entertainer of the year, widely considered the highest honor in country music.
Shelton is also well known as being a judge on NBC's "The Voice" since the show's first season.