Blake Shelton was all smiles just hours before he and Miranda Lambert confirmed the news that they were divorcing after four years of marriage.
The Voice star showed no signs of any troubles in her personal life during an appearance at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway yesterday, posing for photos with fans and greeting fellow stars throughout the main event.
But in addition to being his usual bubbly self, Shelton appeared to be wearing his wedding ring—despite there clearly being trouble in paradise.
Meanwhile, Lambert performed Saturday evening in Cheyenne, Wy., and multiple concertgoers noted that she got emotional and cried during one song in her concert.
Lambert was not wearing her ring for the show, and based on the clip below, seems to have been somber throughout at least some of the songs.
E! confirmed the split earlier this morning and the two released a joint statement sadly confirming the news:
“This is not the future we envisioned and it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”
According to TMZ, who first broke the story, Shelton filed divorce papers a while ago (the pair were last photographed together at the 50th ACM Awards on Apr. 19 in Arlington, TX). The exes have no children together but reportedly have a prenup.
The 39-year-old crooner and the 31-year-old songstress tied the knot in front of family and friends in Texas back in May 2011.
In a 2014 interview, Shelton explained why it’s so important for him to keep his marriage to Lambert as private as possible.
“We try so hard to keep people’s focus on what we do and not our marriage…It’s almost impossible to do that, and why open that door any further than it already is open by sitting down and doing interviews together and giving every freakin’ magazine out there a two-sentence quote that’s turned into alien babies…There’s no reason for us to do that.”