Miranda Lambert is the cover girl for the February issue of REDBOOK magazine, which hits newsstands on January 8th. In her interview with the mag the country superstar opens up about insecurities, her infamous Twitter war with Chris Brown, and her marriage to the Voice judge, and fellow country superstar, Blake Shelton.
Check out some highlights below:
On her Twitter war with Chris Brown after he performed at the Grammy’s last year [Miranda wrote, "He beat on a girl...not cool that we act like that didn't happen"]: “I didn’t feel right about not saying something. The loudmouth that I am, I say what I think. I wanted everyone to know that I don’t agree with the message it’s sending to young women. It’s not okay. At all. To be celebrated after doing something like that. I don’t think it’s right, I never will, and I will stand by what I said till the day that I die.”
On moments where she feels insecure: “I’m insecure about tons of things! I cry onstage once a week, singing “The House That Built Me,” and I always tell the crowd, “Don’t tell anyone I was cryin’!” Or “Over You,” when Blake and I had all that loss in our lives. It was really hard to get up there after we had been to three funerals. [Blake's] dad died, my childhood best friend passed away, and then my childhood dog, all in two weeks. I went back onstage, and I wasn’t ready, but the crowd just embraced me. I was like, “Okay, I’m really real. Like, all of this tough-girl image? My walls are down and all these people can see it.” But it was a good moment for me. I just laid it out there, like, “I’m normal, I’m a girl, I have PMS, and I get emotional, and I’m sad sometimes, and that’s it.” I feel like I got over the hump of trying to be like, “I have a chip on my shoulder, I’m strong all the time,” you know? Because no one is.”
On the time she and Blake spend apart: “I love it. This time I hadn’t seen him in 11 days, and he was just so happy when I got here, it was like [she makes an angels-singing voice] “Ahh, you’re here.” When I go to The Voice set and everyone says, “Blake’s been talking about you so much,” it just makes me feel special, you know?”
On preserving her private life with Blake: “I’m more protective. He’s the sweetest guy. Like, he will talk to anyone, sign anything, take a picture with everyone. And if I don’t stop it at some point, it ruins our whole night. I have to be the bad guy. The people are like, “Oh, God, don’t mess with her, she’ll murder people.”
Photo credit: Gilles Bensimon for REDBOOK