On being a female in country music: “I just love what I do so much. I love songwriting and the road and the family of country music. I love being a female in country music and lifting up other females of country. I’m more in it right now than I ever have been.”
On whether her views on marriage changed: “We were together for 10 years, married for four, were very quickly divorced, and are friends. I’m still processing everything and figuring out where to go and what happened. [Marriage is] a tough business, and we gave it our best college try … If I ever were to get married again — which is completely not on my radar at all right now — I feel like it’s not about it being a step in life. It’s not about a piece of paper or a diamond. It’s the way you feel about somebody and the commitment in your heart.”
On living a life full of everything: “I just want to live a life full of everything. Some of that might mean nights on my porch crying, drinking whiskey, and going, ‘Man this sucks right now.’ I don’t necessarily want to know that I have really bad, long, lonely nights ahead of me, but I have had some, and I still have a bunch ahead of me. But it’s about living in the moment and feeling every tinge of pain, then waking up the next day and going, ‘All right, I’m going to ride my ponies. I’m going to have a girls’ night.’ That’s where I am. That’s where I’m gonna live.”
For more of Miranda Lambert’s exclusive interview and photo shoot with Cosmopolitan, pick up the January 2016 issue on newsstands December 8.
Rolling Stone —This week, Rolling Stone is proud to be celebrating the launch of RollingStoneCountry.com — a new website fully dedicated to the genre — with a special Country Issue (on stands Friday) featuring two of Nashville’s most compelling stars: Eric Church and Miranda Lambert.
In her first Rolling Stone cover story, Miranda Lambert takes contributing editor Josh Eells to her adopted hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma (population “Three thousand, one hundred,” she proudly proclaims), site of her ever-growing empire – her Pink Pistol clothing boutique and a planned bed-and-breakfast named after her Smith & Wesson – and the farm she shares with her husband, Blake Shelton.
When she’s not fussing over their menagerie of animals, fishing or planning on castrating bulls, Lambert tells RS about her obsession with Beyoncé. “She’s a girl from Houston, and she worked her butt off to get where she is,” she says. “She’s not just being carted around on her chariot; she’s driving it.” She reveals she got a crash course in how to write a country song by paying close attention to her parents, who opened a detective agency called upon to investigate Bill Clinton for Paula Jones’ sexual-harassment case, and chatted openly about who was drinking, who was cheating and who shot whom at the dinner table.
She also opens up about life as one-half of country music’s hottest couple. “It was pretty instantaneous,” she says of their rocket to über-fame. “One day we were country singers, and the next we’re on the front of the tabloids. I’m, like, really magical. I’ve been pregnant for two and a half years.” Shelton confirms that when Lambert gets heated enough, she will get into a bar fight. “People always try to pop off or call her bluff at bars,” he admits. “One of them I don’t want to say the guy’s name, but he’s the lead singer of a very popular rock band. His initials are C.K.” (He’s referring to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.)