A Police Officer & New Dad! What to Know About Miranda Lambert's New Husband Brendan McLoughlin
Miranda Lambert‘s latest news has the makings of an epic love song.
The country star surprised fans on Saturday, revealing not only a new relationship but that she recently married Brendan McLoughlin in a secret wedding.
“In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched!” Lambert, 35 — who shared an exclusive image from the big day with PEOPLE — wrote on Instagram, alongside two sweet photos from their happy day.
“My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for…. me,” she continued, adding a red heart emoji and the sweet hashtag “theone.”
This marks Lambert’s second marriage following ex-husband Blake Shelton, from whom she split in 2015.
But just who is Brendan McLoughlin? Here are a few things to know about the man who made Lambert his wife.
1. He is an NYPD Officer from Staten Island
That’s Officer McLoughlin to you! A March 2018 tweet from the NYPD Midtown South Precinct praises his work, saying “PO McLoughlin apprehended [the] perpetrator in a bank robbery in progress.”
In a 2015 tweet, McLoughlin is featured in full blue uniform posing next to a canine comrade. “Officer McLoughlin with Kybo at today’s doggy diving event,” reads the tweet showing a beaming McLoughlin crouched next to Kybo.
Another 2015 tweet shows a uniformed McLoughlin working in Times Square.
2. He’s a new dad!
A source confirms to PEOPLE that McLoughlin recently welcomed a child from a previous relationship. According to multiple comments posted on social media, the baby was born in November of 2018, making McLoughlin the father of a 3-month-old — and Lambert a new stepmom!
3. He’s a runner
Lambert’s new hubby knows how to stay fit. In another tweet from his colleagues at the NYPD, McLoughlin is shown holding up a trophy after winning a 5K race. “Officer McLoughlin wins 1st place for #NYPD Keith Ferguson Memorial 5k Brooklyn Bridge Run!” the tweet reads.
4. He’s got the makings of a model, and once tried his hand at it!
With dashing good looks, it’s no wonder McLoughlin seems to have once created himself a profile on Model Mayhem, a popular site for models to network as well as seek and secure jobs. “My name is Brendan McLoughlin. I am 19 years old and live in New York. I am on this site to build my portfolio,” reads a Model Mayhem profile page, last updated in 2011 and showing a shirtless picture of McLoughlin.
The text continues, “My style is all american boy/ abercrombie/ sporty but I’m open minded, so feel free to network with me, share your ideas, and organize sessions.”