Miranda Lambert Got Many Warnings About Blake Shelton. Here's Why

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were the quintessential country couple. The former flames looked so in love during their red carpet appearances and couldn't help but gush about their relationship in interviews. Shelton and Lambert proved they were a good match by going on their first tour together in 2008, per Rolling Stone magazine. 

"I learned a lot watching her on stage every night," Shelton told Redbook magazine in 2011. "I've been doing this much longer, and it used to be, 'You just listen to me.' But damn, this is a girl who steps out on stage and has complete control of the audience. It's pure artistry." Surprisingly, there didn't seem to be much competition or jealousy between the two powerhouses. Instead, the couple collaborated and co-wrote songs together, including "Bear Skin Rug" and "Over You."

The two seemed like a match made in country music heaven, but in 2015, the musical artists shocked their fans when they announced they were going their separate ways after four years of marriage. "This is not the future we envisioned," their representatives told Us Weekly at the time. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues."

So what went wrong? We take a look at some potential red flags below. 

Blake Shelton wasn't always loyal

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton quickly became #couplegoals in the country music world, but their first major interaction was a bit scandalous. In 2005, the two shared the stage during CMT's 100 Greatest Duets special, where they sang the 1981 hit, "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma." Throughout the performance, the singers' chemistry was undeniable. However, there was just a tiny problem: Lambert and Shelton were both in relationships at the time. Prior to the performance the "two had only met in passing."

Shelton filed for divorce from his first wife, Kaynette Williams, in 2006 — just one year after performing the duet with Lambert — but he maintained that Lambert had nothing to do with his relationship ending, per Rolling Stone magazine. Meanwhile, Lambert was engaged to Jeff Allen McManus but they split shortly after she connected with Shelton, per Us Weekly. In 2007, the musical artists made their first public appearance at the CMT Music Awards, according to the music outlet.  

"I've never had that kind of experience with anybody," Shelton recalled about their meet-cute on an episode of VH1's Behind the Music (via Entertainment Weekly) in 2011. "I was a married guy, you know? Standing up there and singing with somebody and going, 'Man, this shouldn't be happening.' Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her, right there on stage." For her part, Lambert gushed, "It was just like this draw to each other. It was just sort of this inevitable chemistry."

Could Miranda Lambert really trust Blake Shelton?

In 2013, Blake Shelton was accused of flirting with singer Cady Groves while he was still married to Miranda Lambert, according to Us WeeklyHowever, the "God's Country" crooner couldn't help but laugh about the rumors. "Hey @mirandalambert ... I just read in a tabloid that our marriage is falling apart," he wrote on Twitter. "FOCK!" Lambert replied, "Oh no! Can't wait to read if we make it or not."

Shelton even made it clear in an interview with People that their marriage was solid — even with the rumor mill stirring. "[I tell Miranda], 'I have nothing to hide from you.' That's always been our policy: 'Here's my phone. Go through it,'" he told the outlet in 2013. "That's really the kind of trust we have," he continued. "There are no secrets. [I'll say,] 'Go dig through my drawers or my computer if you feel like you need to.' And that's been a really good thing, because I don't want her to ever have any doubts."

Even though Shelton claimed he was open and honest with Lambert, it didn't seem like the couple could weather the storm. "Trust was an issue for both of them," a source told E! News in 2015. "It went along with having to spend a lot of time apart. Rumors of his infidelity put stress on them. Despite denials, even just rumors of cheating are still hard to hear."

Blake Shelton's success got in the way

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are both powerhouses in their own right, but after becoming a couple in 2007, their careers skyrocketed. In 2011, the handsome hunk joined The Voice on NBC, per The Hollywood Reporter. From there, Shelton gained more followers after his hilarious banter with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine went viral on the reality show. Over the years, Shelton became a household name. He opened several restaurants called Ole Red in the south, was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2014, hosted the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2016, and got his own wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Nashville in 2017.

Not that Lambert's career was stalling by any means, but as Shelton spent more and more time filming The Voice in California, the pair weren't able to be together as often. "... [I]t's easier for her in between tour dates to jump on an airplane and come out and see me and she's been really good about doing that, and I thank God because that's what keeps me going is when she comes out here," he said in an interview, per E! News.

Ultimately, it seemed like the country stars couldn't put the time and effort needed into their relationship. "Their busy schedules were a big issue for them," a source told E! News. "They both worked a lot and had to spend a lot of time apart. The less time they spent together, the more they grew apart."

Blake Shelton took life less seriously than Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton is known for his silly and laid back personality, while Miranda Lambert is known to take things more seriously. "[Blake] has taught me how to have a sense of humor and how to have fun," the "Bluebird" songstress told 60 Minutes (via E! News) in 2014. While opposites usually attract, in this case, it seemed to cause friction between the two country stars.

"I'm not sunshine and roses," she told Marie Claire magazine in 2014. "Blake's the happiest person on the planet. He pulls me out of my darkness." In fact, Lambert noted that Shelton called her "complicated." Shelton later clarified his remarks to the outlet: "She was like, 'What the hell is that supposed to mean?' But it is the best way I know how to describe her. Holy s**t, man. That's what I admire about her. Her complications."

Even though Shelton and Lambert are no longer together, the two have both moved on and found love with other people. As of this writing, Shelton is dating No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, while Lambert is married to former NYPD officer Brendan McLoughlin. As much as we miss Lambert and Shelton walking red carpets together and serenading their fans at concerts, it's just doesn't seem like these two were meant to be.