Miranda Lambert Reveals the Pistol Annies Secretly Invited Brendan McLoughlin to Their NYC Show
The couple met last November when Lambert and her band, the Pistol Annies, were performing on Good Morning America
The country star recently opened up about how she and McLoughlin met in a profile with The New York Times and revealed that it was her bandmates, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, who were responsible for introducing her to the New York City cop.
“I met my husband doing press for the Pistol Annies record, this time last year,” Lambert, 35, explained to the outlet. “Our record came out the day after Halloween, and we did Good Morning America. My husband was doing security there for the show.”
“My girlfriends, the Annies, saw him and knew I might be ready to hang out with someone,” she continued. “They invited him to our show behind my back. They plucked him for me.”
It wasn’t just the Pistol Annies who were in on the surprise — Lambert’s security guard also knew about the set-up.
“My security guy Tom, he was in on it too. He said to me, ‘He’s here. And he’s pretty,'” she said with a laugh.
Just two months after meeting McLoughlin, 28, on Good Morning America in November, the pair tied the knot.
In February, Lambert revealed that she and McLoughlin had gotten married the month prior, making the announcement in a candid Valentine’s Day post saying, “In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan McLoughlin for loving me for…. me.”
McLoughlin, an officer with the New York Police Department, is currently on a leave of absence from his job, a representative with the NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner Public Information previously told PEOPLE.
His decision to take some time away from the NYPD came just before Lambert kicked off the fall leg of her tour in September, which he has proudly joined his wife for.
Besides touring, the couple has also been splitting their time between New York City and Nashville, with the country superstar previously telling Extra that they have “the best of both worlds.”
“We spend time in New York, we get to see our adorable nugget [McLoughlin’s 11-month-old son from a previous relationship], then we get to come back to the farm and have the quiet life,” she told the outlet. “I’m enjoying the balance.”
She likes the anonymity the city offers her as well, telling the Times, “When people recognize you here, they don’t make a big deal. ‘Oh. Hey. You’re Miranda Lambert. Like your music. Bye.'”
Lambert hasn’t been shy to rave about her man either, most recently telling the crowd in Atlantic City during her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour that despite singing a “sad” country song, she’s found happiness in her life.
“Lucky for me, I’m not in a sad time anymore in my life, thank you to my sweet husband — from Staten Island, by the way!” she told the audience, who cheered as McLoughlin stood off to the side, watching his wife perform.