Entertainment Music Country Miranda Lambert Reveals the Real Reason Behind Her Secret Wedding: 'It's Not for Everybody Else' "I was married before, and it was a huge wedding and everything was very public. So was my divorce," says Miranda Lambert, getting candid in this week's issue By Janine Rubenstein Janine Rubenstein Instagram Twitter Janine Rubenstein is Editor-at-Large at PEOPLE and host of PEOPLE Every Day podcast, a daily dose of breaking news, pop culture and heartwarming human interest stories. Formerly Senior Editor of music content, she's also covered crime, human interest and television news throughout her many years with the brand. Prior to PEOPLE she's written for Essence, The Cape Times newspaper and Los Angeles Magazine among others. On-screen Rubenstein can be found featured on shows like Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight and she routinely hosts PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly's star-studded Red Carpet Live specials. Follow the San Francisco native, Black Barbie collector and proud mom of two on Instagram and Twitter @janinerube People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 30, 2019 08:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Miranda Lambert is happy, in love and ready to set the record straight. The Grammy-winning country superstar, who’s set to release her seventh studio album Wildcard on Nov. 1, gets candid with PEOPLE in this week’s issue, revealing details of her secret wedding to N.Y.P.D. officer Brendan McLoughlin and how they’re making marriage work on the road and in the spotlight. “I feel like I’ve been through enough in my life to know what I don’t want, so when I know what I do want I snatch it right up,” says Lambert, 35, of falling fast and hard for McLoughlin, 28, after meeting the handsome officer outside of Good Morning America last November, while visiting the show to promote new music with her band the Pistol Annies. Asked if it was love at first sight she says, “I guess so. If that’s a thing,” before joking, “I have eight dogs and had love at first sight with them, too. Must be easier than I thought!” Miranda Lambert. Mei Tao Miranda Lambert on What Inspired Her New Album Wildcard and the Ink She Got to Match: ‘I’m the Queen of My Own Heart’ Three months after meeting McLoughlin, Lambert took to social media to reveal that the two had tied the knot in secret on Jan. 26, at a farm just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. As for why they chose to keep their happy day under wraps, Lambert says that after the scrutiny her love life has received over the years, that decision was a no-brainer. “I was married before, and it was a huge wedding and everything was very public. So was my divorce,” Lambert says of her previous marriage to Blake Shelton, which lasted from 2011-2015. “I learned then that it’s not for everybody else. This is my actual life. With Brendan, I made it a point to keep it as private as I could for as long as I could.” Courtesy Miranda Lambert She remains mum on most of the details of her big day, but does reveal that it was even more private than people thought. Asked whether her close friends and Pistol sisters (who were actually the ones to set her up with McLoughlin) served as bridesmaids she says matter-of-factly, “I didn’t have nobody. That was mine and his moment.” Of course, the pair weren’t able to fly under the radar for too long, but she says they’re doing just fine being in the spotlight, even if that’s not her favorite place to be. Miranda Lambert Reveals the Pistol Annies Secretly Invited Brendan McLoughlin to Their NYC Show “I’m literally so normal,” she says, describing her love of making Target runs in a t-shirt and cutoff shorts. “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Why are y’all so interested?’ I’m thankful, but I’m never going to get used to the public eye in that way.” Mei Tao Miranda Lambert Shares Birthday Post for Brendan McLoughlin: ‘The Man That Puts Stars in My Eyes’ As for her husband, “To pull him into that world, I was like, ‘I’m sorry, this might be a shock,’” she says of how she reassured McLoughlin, whose personal life, including the fact that he’s father to a baby boy and had ended a previous engagement before meeting Lambert, made news as well. “He just takes it like a champ,” she says. “He’s better at it than I am.” Miranda Lambert/Instagram And now with him on leave from the force and joining her out on the road as she prepares to release her decidedly upbeat new album, the pair are just focused on one another. Says Lambert, “I’m really happy.” Miranda Lambert’s Wildcard. Lambert’s new album Wildcardwill be available Nov. 1 on all streaming services. For more on Miranda Lambert’s new music and happy newlywed life, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.