USA Today — On one song from her album Platinum, out Tuesday, Miranda Lambert puts herself in the shoes of Priscilla Presley. “I feel ya, Priscilla,” sings Lambert, identifying with the peculiar challenges of being “married to a man who’s married to attention.”
“We had to put up a gate to find time to procreate — at least that’s what we read.”
With that line, Lambert, 30, who celebrated her third anniversary with fellow country singer Blake Shelton last month, knew Priscilla songwriters Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins had pegged her. After all, she and Shelton had just installed an automatic gate on their driveway that closes behind them every time they drive in.
“Even if it’s people you know, sometimes you need to cement it,” Lambert says. “It’s just like, ‘No one come over; we’re having us-time for a second.’ We haven’t seen each other, and we need to be like, ‘Hey, how was the last five days?’ It just gets too crowded sometimes.”
The couple’s 1,200-acre spread in Tishomingo, Okla., offers refuge not just from the road but from constant, often conflicting, gossip stories that have dogged the two since they married in May 2011. They’re drinking too much. They’re splitting — at a cost, depending on the report, of $40 million or $100 million. Lambert’s anorexic. No, she’s pregnant. With twins.
When it comes to being pregnant, Lambert says, “I’m not” — an uncommonly direct statement from someone who uses the contradictory stories as a shield to protect her private life. Lambert and Shelton have even taken to riffing on the reports on Twitter, sometimes sitting next to each other as they plan their next social-media wisecrack, essentially creating a semi-fictional persona for their relationship that acts as a smokescreen for the real thing.
“Nobody would really know the truth, at this point, for sure,” Lambert says. “We didn’t plan it, but we have fun messing with it.”
Ask her directly about the rumors, and Lambert responds with quips designed to deflect as much as answer.
What’s the status of her marriage? “I’m happy. You’ll have to ask Blake how he feels.”
Is she anorexic? “I’m not anorexic. I’m not sure if I’m not pregnant, because I’m supposed to be having an alien child. That’s the next headline.”
Does she or Blake have a drinking problem? “The only problem with the drinking is that if he gets up to make a drink and he doesn’t make me one, I get (mad). It’s like, you better be bringing me a cocktail, too, buddy.”
Is she sure she isn’t pregnant? “The only way that anybody will actually know I’m pregnant is when you see a child.”
However, Lambert can’t help noticing people looking for clues when she goes out in public.
“I can see people staring at me if we go to a restaurant,” she says. She’ll see people making sideways glances toward her midsection and whatever glass she has in her hand. “I just want to be like, ‘It’s alcohol! I’m not pregnant.’ You know what I mean? ‘You want to smell it? It’s clear, but it ain’t water.’ ”
Priscilla Presley probably understands just how she feels.