Miranda Lambert certainly knows how to make lemonade out of lemons: The singer is coming forth this week talking about she's turned an uncomfortable situation -- namely, media scrutiny surrounding her marriage to Blake Shelton -- into material for several songs on her upcoming album, "Platinum."
As she told People Country, a tabloid featuring a bogus cover story about her and her husband inspired one track in particular. Songwriter Natalie Hemby was at Lambert's Nashville condo, saw the magazine on the counter, and asked Lambert how she dealt with all the lies and gossip.
“I told her I had no choice. It’s part of the deal now, and I’m still adjusting,” Lambert explained.
Hemby mulled this over, and two weeks later, sent over a song she had co-written that was inspired by that very conversation. The tune’s lyrics reference Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla, but the theme of the track addresses the complications surrounding any high-profile relationship. “Anyone who reaches that level of celebrity, it creates a pull on the couple,” she noted.
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And it’s not just the relentless spotlight on Lambert's marriage that fueled some of the new songs on the album. The singer's much-discussed weight loss last year resulted in another new tune called “Bathroom Sink,” which she says reveals a very raw glimpse of her inner thoughts.
“Last year the tabloid stuff went to a new place. Some people make a living out of making you miserable,” she recalled. “People were talking about my weight gain or my weight loss, and I didn’t feel good about myself. I looked in the mirror over the bathroom sink and thought, 'I even feel rejected from myself right now.' I’m vulnerable in that song," she says, referring to such lyrics as "It's amazing the amount of rejection I see in my reflection."
While she notes that she’s more "vulnerable" on her upcoming record, Lambert also admits she’s in a great place in her life. The 30-year-old, who’s up for the coveted entertainer of the year title at next week's Academy of Country Music Awards, has already sold more than 5 million albums and won seven CMA Awards. She says she is happy, settled and overall feels accepted for who she is. As she notes, she's looking forward to what’s ahead, and is ready to, quote, “drive the ship, not just ride on it.”