Blake Shelton on Split from Miranda Lambert: 'We're Buddies'

"It is what it is," the country star said of his divorce

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are making Amicable Ex Goals a thing.

“Our whole thing was: You know, we’re just going to be cool about this. It is what it is,” Shelton, 39, said while discussing his split on the Bobby Bones Show Wednesday. “We’re buddies.”

In July, the country power couple announced they were divorcing after four years of marriage and 10 years together.

While they were often dogged by rumors their relationship was on the rocks, there was no news of their divorce until it was over and done with.

“We knew if rumblings and rumors started coming out, they would be just that,” said Shelton, whose greatest hits album, Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits, drops Oct. 23. “By the time anybody knew anything, it was over – it was done.”

Shelton added the whole process went smoothly.

“In Oklahoma, it happens so fast,” Shelton told the iHeartRadio affiliate. “Miranda and I didn’t have any kids, and we had our prenuptial agreement, whatever we had. Once we filed for divorce, it was over in a nine- or 10-day waiting period.”

Ever the jokester, Shelton also touched on the prank he pulled on paparazzi after their divorce was public: pushing a baby stroller in the parking lot of The Voice set.

“I was like ‘Screw those guys; I’m going out there and am gonna give ’em something to talk about,'” Shelton said of the prop he took from set. “So I said, put that bottle of vodka in that stroller, and I’m gonna push it out to the car.”

Back to work on the NBC singing competition after its premiere Monday, the country star – who celebrated his five-year anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member on Tuesday – is single … but not quite ready to mingle.

“I think he’s open to another relationship in the future, but just not now,” a friend tells PEOPLE. “He’s friendly with everyone, but he’s not carrying on with women. He’s taking time for himself right now.”

For more on Blake Shelton’s life now, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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