A Police Officer & New Dad! What to Know About Miranda Lambert's New Husband Brendan McLoughlin

Miranda Lambert announced her surprise wedding news on Saturday

Brendan McLoughlin and Miranda Lambert. Photo: Courtesy Miranda Lambert

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.”

Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin. Courtesy Miranda Lambert

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.

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Miranda Lambert, Brendan McLoughlin. The Image Direct

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.”

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