The two had somehow kept their separation and court documents secret, as the news came on the same day that an Oklahoma judge finalized the split.Married just over four years, the couple has no children.
We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's whirlwind romance -- borne by the intersection of timing, circumstance, and heartbreak -- seems to have taken everyone by such surprise, that while it would be naive to speculate on whether it's forever or a fling, you have to admit that there is already so much to reflect on in such a short time.
"Who knew you could make so much money just by divorcing?!!
"Surely, such constant scrutiny was difficult to bear, but the couple's defiance and commitment to soldiering on — "Divorce is not an option," Lambert told reporters backstage at the ACMs in 2013 — bolstered fans rooting for their continued happiness.
Which makes this week's dissolution of their marriage so tragic.
In these two human beings — for once, stars who truly just like us — country fans could relate.Shelton broke out as a bona fide TV star on With such crossover fame, however, came the microscope of the tabloids.Seemingly every other week, another headline would appear alleging infidelity or, at least, love on the rocks.They were also inherently homebodies — after they eventually married in 2011, the singers settled in at their Oklahoma ranch, where Lambert would fry up hamburger steak and mushrooms for her husband while he took care of the property.It was an impressively normal lifestyle for two of music's biggest stars, who transcended Nashville notoriety to become pop-culture icons.Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are enjoying newlywed bliss following their May nuptials.