- July 2015: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton divorce.
- September 2015: Miranda starts dating Anderson East.
- November 2016: Miranda releases The Weight of These Wings, featuring two tracks co-written by Anderson, including their duet "Pushin' Time."
- September 2017: Miranda and Anderson celebrate their two-year anniversary.
- January 2018: Miranda shares her last photo with Anderson.
- April 2018: The couple reportedly splits.
Heartbreak is never easy, but for musicians, it can serve as inspiration, as Miranda Lambert has learned. Following her divorce from Blake Shelton in 2015, the country star released her album The Weight of These Wings, containing tracks sparked by the split. But among all the sad lyrics, there were also rays of hope in the form of love songs, as Miranda had moved on with singer Anderson East.
But now, more than two years later, the couple has broken up, Us Weekly reports. Here's what we know about their relationship and reported split.
Miranda and Blake Divorce
Country music fans were shocked when Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton announced they had filed for divorce in July 2015. The two had been together for 10 years and were nicknamed the "," after all. Both Miranda and Blake released albums based on their split and subsequent relationships (The Weight of These Wings and If I'm Honest, respectively). While Blake found inspiration in his relationship with pop star Gwen Stefani, Miranda turned to musician Anderson East.
"If you want to hear my side of the story or my opinion of what happened, it's all on [The Weight of These Wings]," Miranda told of her divorce and subsequent record. "There's no mystery anymore. Take from it what you will. I was like, 'Let's feel it all.' I was ready to have the days where I can't even stand up and the days where I'm celebrating."
Miranda Starts Dating Anderson
In December 2015, linked Miranda (now 34) and Anderson (now 30), but a two-year anniversary photo indicates that the couple actually started seeing each other in September 2015. In an interview with , Anderson told the story of how they met.
"Randomly enough, she came to one of my shows," he said. "A friend of hers introduced us."
Miranda and Anderson Collaborate
Not only did country music bring them together, but it played a major role in their relationship as well. Apparently, in their spare time, the couple loved to "sing old country songs" together. They were also known to perform (and smooch) together on stage. Anderson even co-wrote two tracks on Miranda's latest album.
That's not to say they didn't have their creative differences. As Miranda explained at the , after writing their first-ever song together, "Getaway Driver," she and Anderson got into a fight "because that's how it goes."
"I was also pissed because that's also how he goes," she continued. "He's trying to smooth it over. I said, 'Are you going to break up with me?' He said, 'I think I'll wait 60 years.' So sweet."
Those words inspired the couple's duet, "Pushin' Time":
Miranda and Anderson Get More Serious
On Anderson's birthday, Miranda captioned a super-personal Instagram post: "My favorite Bama boy turned 30 today. He owns the stage and he owns my heart. Thanks @andersoneast for inspiring me in so many ways. You are a light that could outshine the sun. I love making memories with you."
In response, Anderson posted three adorable pictures with Miranda and wrote: "I can't believe that I get the privilege to live the life that I get to live. I have the love of an amazing & kind woman, I get to play music that I love & trust & I get to do it with the greatest band & crew ever & I have the love & support of my family."
One year into their relationship, quoted sources who said the stars had already discussed marriage and children, and that "Miranda's friends and family have ."
But Miranda made it clear that this time around, things would be different than her first marriage.
"If I ever were to get married again—which is completely not on my radar at all right now—I feel like it's not about it being a step in life," she told during her cover interview back in January 2016. "It's not about a piece of paper or a diamond. It's the way you feel about somebody and the commitment in your heart."
The First Signs of Trouble
Anderson first indicated there might be relationship issues in a January 2018 interview with : "It's always difficult to be a traveling musician and still keep things together," he said. "Understanding is definitely a huge factor."
That same month, Miranda posted her last-ever photo of Anderson on Instagram. In March, the two had stopped interacting on social media. And during a concert in Knoxville last month, Miranda hinted at heartbreak again.
"I make it my mission every single time I step on the stage that no matter what, no matter where I am, I want to make you feel everything you could possibly feel," she told the audience. "I want you to feel sad, mad, happy and nostalgic and really pissed sometimes. That's my favorite. And part of feelings is also heartbreak unfortunately, but fortunately for me, I can use it for my art or whatever. I like to write sad songs. I like to listen to sad songs, so I want to sing y'all one. It's called 'Tin Man.'"
Miranda and Anderson Break Up
In April 2018, Us Weekly quoted sources who said the couple had broken up. "They have spent a lot of time apart, but potentially could end up back together," one told the publication. "The love is still there."
Whatever happens, Miranda certainly has plenty going on for herself. At the upcoming 2018 ACM Awards, the singer will perform as well as vie for three awards including Female Vocalist of the Year.