Find Out Why Miranda Lambert Says Her Marriage to Husband Brendan McLoughlin Is 'Golden'

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Miranda Lambert has settled down and couldn't be happier about it. As the A-list country singer showed in the music video for her 2021 track, appropriately titled "Settling Down," she and husband Brendan McLoughlin are all about getting cozy, and the way they see it, their romantic relationship is more about settling "up."

Lambert and McLoughlin got together in a whirlwind romance that shocked the world: The country music superstar shacked up with the clean-cut cop within months of their first meeting in late 2018.

"When you truly find someone who loves you for who you are, and when you are genuinely smiling, it's a smile from the inside," she previously said of her husband, who she described as "laidback and friendly and sweet." "You know what I mean? It's a light that kind of clicks on that you didn't really know was off."

Five years later in 2023, they're still going strong. A source recently told Us Weekly that the country singer has "finally found her soulmate."

You may have seen McLoughlin with Lambert on red carpets and all over her Instagram feed, but how much do you really know about her handsome hubby? Get to know the man who won the Wildcard singer's heart following a series of heartbreaks and some serious drama.

Where is Brendan McLoughlin from?

Brendan McLoughlin is from Staten Island, New York.

Where did Brendan McLoughlin work?

Brendan McLoughlin was an NYPD officer working in the Midtown South Precinct. In March 2018, he was honored for stopping a bank robbery in progress. He revealed in an interview that his entire family, including both of his parents, worked in law enforcement.

McLoughlin's work in law enforcement may have made him bond with Lambert, whose father served as a homicide and narcotics officer for the Dallas Police Department before starting his own detective agency with Lambert's mom.

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Like Lambert, he's also an animal lover, which he showed on the job.

McLoughlin, who also briefly attended nursing school, was an aspiring model in 2011 with a Model Mayhem profile that read, "I am on this site to build my portfolio. My style is all-American boy / Abercrombie / sporty but I’m open minded, so feel free to network with me, share your ideas, and organize sessions."

How old is Brendan McLoughlin?

For a long time after Lambert and McLoughlin got together, information about his age was hard to come by, but in March 2020 Us Weekly clocked him in at 28. Lambert then confirmed her husband's birthdate when she celebrated him turning the big 3-0 in an Instagram post on Oct. 14, 2021. That means he's 31 years old now.

How did Miranda Lambert meet her husband Brendan McLoughlin?

Lambert and McLoughlin met when her band, the Pistol Annies, performed on Good Morning America in November 2018. McLoughlin was working security for the show at the time.

"My girlfriends, the Annies, saw him and knew I might be ready to hang out with someone," Lambert recalled to The New York Times. "They invited him to our show behind my back. They plucked him for me. My security guy Tom, he was in on it too. He said to me, 'He's here. And he's pretty.'"

When did Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin get married?

Lambert and McLoughlin tied the knot in January 2019. She announced the happy news a few weeks later on Valentine's Day 2019. She explained to PEOPLE that she kept their wedding a secret for a reason: The spectacle surrounding her past marriage to Blake Shelton.

"I was married before, and it was a huge wedding and everything was very public. So was my divorce... I learned then that it's not for everybody else. This is my actual life. With Brendan, I made it a point to keep it as private as I could for as long as I could."

She admitted she was concerned about bringing McLoughlin into the spotlight, but that he didn't mind. "To pull him into that world, I was like, 'I'm sorry, this might be a shock.' He just takes it like a champ. He's better at it than I am."

What does Miranda Lambert's husband Brendan McLoughlin do now?

In summer 2019, McLoughlin went on a leave of absence from the NYPD. In February 2020, he officially retired from the force to serve on Lambert's personal security team. Lambert also joked that he was her "house husband."

Who did Miranda Lambert date between her ex-husband Blake Shelton and her current husband?

Before meeting McLoughlin, Lambert had been most recently linked to Turnpike Troubadours singer Evan Felker. Prior to Felker, Lambert dated singer Anderson East.

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Does Brendan McLoughlin have kids?

McLoughlin has a son named Landon who he welcomed with an ex just three days after he met Lambert. Lambert loves Landon, telling Extra, "My stepson is amazing! I'm loving that whole phase, and I've raised a million dogs, so I feel like I've got that part of my womanly/motherly thing is full, so this is a whole new journey. It's great."

Where do Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin live?

Early in their marriage, Lambert and McLoughlin split their time between Nashville and the Big Apple. "We have the best of both worlds," she told Extra. "We spend time in New York, we get to see our adorable nugget, then we get to come back to the farm and have the quiet life. I'm enjoying the balance."

She told The New York Times that she spends "quite a bit of time" in New York, but hasn't quite gotten the hang of the directions yet. "I'm not great at navigating the city, but I'm great at calling an Uber," she said. "I got lost one day, walked to the West Side Highway, and my Apple Watch said I'd walked 13 miles. When people recognize you here, they don't make a big deal. 'Oh. Hey. You're Miranda Lambert. Like your music. Bye.'"

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