Several weeks after country singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced they were getting a divorce, both the public and their friends are still reeling from the news. Now, fellow musician, and Shelton’s good friend, Luke Bryan is sharing his thoughts on his buddy’s divorce.
With his fifth album, “Kill The Lights” getting rave reviews, Bryan is embarking on a press tour to promote its release. Speaking to Extra, the singer talked about the very sad ordeal that his friend, and American Country Music Awards co-host, Blake Shelton, is going through with his ex-wife.
"You know, we've certainly talked about it … At the end of the day, I want people happy. In my life, I've dealt with a lot of permanent loss where you know you can't get people back, and I just always pray—certainly in Blake and Miranda's case—that they'll be happy, you know, however, whatever shakes out, and anybody going through that,” he said. “I mean, life is precious and short and you need to find that happy place and get there."
Lambert and Shelton announced their divorce in a joint-statement to the press on Jul. 20 announcing that they would be moving on separately, saying, “this is not the future we envisioned.” It’s unclear exactly what finally drove the formerly happy spouses apart, but speculation initially ran rampant that one of them had stepped outside the marriage and had an affair. Recently, Shelton revealed that he’s throwing himself headfirst into work on the NBC reality competition “The Voice,” while Lambert continues to briefly share details about the split while performing on tour.
Meanwhile, Bryan is no stranger to struggles this year himself as tragedy struck him and his family in December. According to People, the “Play It Again” singer had to cope with the death of his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire. He died suddenly at age 46 and was the widowed husband of Luke’s only sister, Kelly, who died as well in 2007. Since that time, he’s been juggling a successful country music career and taking care of Cheshire’s surviving children.