Sometimes friends take it pretty hard, too!
When news of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s divorce broke on Monday, the couple’s friends were just as shocked as their fans! People got together some of their close friends and fans and asked them what’s up. The results? A real sadfest:
“If there were two people who were truly meant to be together, I would have said it was the two of them,” Kathy Best, Lambert’s former publicist and wedding planner.
“I can’t speculate on their recent circumstances, but as Miranda’s former publicist for many years and their wedding planner, I know what they went through to be together and I know how Miranda felt about Blake and about family in general … Miranda believed in true love and deserved the fairy tale.”
Nowhere did the news hit harder than in their adopted hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. “They’re just very normal people, very down-to-earth, very caring,” Jackie Baker, who owns Bakers Mercantile in Tishomingo.
The tight-knit community is “in a state of shock,” added Ray Lokey, publisher and managing editor of the Johnston County Capital-Democrat. “We love them both to pieces. We’re so grateful to both of them, especially Miranda. She’s turned our local economy around.”
Sarah Potenza, one of Shelton’s contestants on the last season of The Voice, says that looking back, things did seem a little weird.
“She wasn’t really around at all, and she never Tweeted about any of the contestants or anything during the season, and in the past she has,” Potenza told People. “I guess that’s why I wasn’t really shocked to hear the news, but it’s sad.”
Awww. What’s Tishomingo going to do NOW?! Find Miranda a new man, I guess. Get on it, you little Oklahoman town, you!