Miranda Lambert shocked fans earlier this year when she announced that she had married New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin after secretly dating him for just two-and-a-half months. The news of the surprise nuptials came amid reports that McLoughlin – like Lambert – had his own history of troubled relationships.
As fans know, Lambert was married to Blake Shelton from May 2011 to July 2015. And, according to Us Weekly, news of his ex-wife’s second marriage shocked Shelton.
"I got the hell out of Oklahoma." Miranda Lambert changed up some lyrics during her ACMs performance in front of Gwen Stefani and her ex-husband Blake Shelton, who she lived with in Oklahoma. 👀 https://t.co/aM38VORDKT pic.twitter.com/qP4t8b2qjP
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“Blake found [out] about the wedding at the same time as everyone else did,” says an insider, who added that The Voice coach told his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, that “the timing of Miranda’s announcement of the marriage was certainly curious.”
The source made it clear that Lambert’s quickie wedding didn’t change anything for Shelton and Stefani, who have been dating for over three years.
While fans are familiar with Lambert’s dating history – including a scandalous relationship with married Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker last year – they might be surprised to know that McLoughlin has his own complicated past.
When he was engaged to a woman named Jackie Bruno, McLoughlin got another woman pregnant, says his ex’s mom Carol Bruno.
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“[Brendan] tried to deny it and then begged her to stay with him,” revealed Carol. “She was only going [abroad] for a few months to play [soccer], he was begging her to marry him before she left, even though he knew the girl was pregnant.”
McLoughlin’s baby momma, Kaihla Rettinger, gave birth to his son just three days after he met Lambert when she was performing with Pistol Annies on Good Morning America in early November. McLoughlin was working in the Times Square area where GMA is filmed.
Lambert and McLoughlin walked the red carpet together for the first time at last weekend’s Academy of Country Music Awards. However, when she publicly slammed Shelton in her performance of Little Red Wagon, telling fans she was happy to “get the hell out of Oklahoma,” an insider says that Shelton and Stefani left during the commercial break and missed Lambert’s dig.
Little Red Wagon was part of Lambert’s sassy mashup performance that also included Kerosene and Mama’s Broken Heart.
Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin tied the knot on January 26th, and the Tin Man singer kept the news a secret for three weeks, before telling fans on Instagram that she had met the love of her life, and they “got hitched.”