The king and queen of country music are rumored to be planning to expand their family following several rumors that their relationship is on the rocks. According to a report from Life & Style magazine, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are having a baby in an attempt to “save their marriage” of three years.
In the magazine’s Nov. 24 print issue, insiders claim that Shelton, 38, has agreed to start a family with Lambert, 31, in an effort to calm the tensions in their relationship. According to "friends" of the couple, their dueling work schedules, Shelton’s “flirty” behavior, and Lambert’s alleged trust issues over his previous marriage to his high school sweetheart, Kaynette Gern, have fueled tensions.
“Blake knows he needs Miranda happy to save their marriage, and that means having a child. Miranda’s been ready for the past year,” an insider said. “Having a baby will make Blake and Miranda think about their lives together more and less about their careers," another source added. "This is the perfect time for them to start a family.”
Despite allegations that their baby-making plans came as a result of their contentious romance, insiders say that those closest to Lambert have convinced the "Automatic" singer that having a child will save her marriage. “Friends have been telling Miranda that parenthood completely changes a marriage, that you fall in love all over again after seeing each other become parents,” a source said.
So when will the couple confirm their rumored new addition? Sources report that the pair are planning to make the announcement in the “very near future,” most likely around Christmas. When the baby comes, the duo are said to have plans to settle down in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, near Blake’s family.
Shelton discussed his plans for children, or lack thereof, during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in September. Contrary to Life & Style magazine's report that he and Lambert are parents-to-be, “The Voice” coach told host Ellen DeGeneres that he wasn’t ready for babies after she asked him about plans to reproduce.
Lambert also dismissed questions regarding her plans for a baby during a 2012 interview with USA Weekend. “I’m still selfish and want to be with my husband,” she said. “I don’t want to give anything up. When I’m 30, we’ll sit down and have a conversation.”