Miranda Lambert Wrote “Vice” the Day Her Divorce From Blake Shelton Went Public

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If you thought Miranda Lambert’s “Vice” was vulnerable the first, second and third times you heard it– you’re right. But, you’ll never listen to it the same again when you hear how it came to be.

Lambert recently sat down for her third interview (now it’s probably a few more) in a year with Billboard and talked all about her songwriting and the emotions behind it. Of course, it’s all pretty eye-opening. And honest.

For one thing, it’s hard to imagine living your life under a microscope of speculation. It’s even harder to imagine going through a very high-profile divorce in the spotlight. And knowing how private and guarded Lambert it is, it’s actually shocking to think she left her house the week her divorce from Blake Shelton was announced.

Shane McAnally, one of Lambert’s co-writers on “Vice” says he remembers Lambert walking into the studio on July 20, 2015, “It was like a Band-Aid ripping off. Sometimes you can just tell that people are ready to let off some steam.”

For Lambert’s part, she seemed ready to do more than blow off steam, “I walked in with guns blazing. I just knew one thing: I didn’t want a breakup record.I was like, ‘Let’s feel it all.’ I was ready to have the days where I can’t even stand up and the days where I’m celebrating.”

And that’s how the lead single from the double-disc The Weight of These Wings came to be.

Of course, “Vice” peaked at No.11 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay Chart.