Find out how the superstar is kicking off her new chapter on a high note
As Shelton, 39, moves on with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, 46 – the fellow Voice judges confirmed they’re dating hours before the CMA Awards on Wednesday – Lambert, 31, has focused on her new music, friends and self-reflection. And she seems to be loving it.
Upon hitting the CMAs red carpet with new pink dip-dyed tips, Lambert struck confident poses and smiled big in a sexy black dress, despite knowing she would soon be seated about 10 seats away from her ex-husband.
Lambert only hinted at the split when she won the award for female vocalist of the year: “Man, I appreciate it,” she said in her acceptance speech. “I needed a bright spot this year, so thank you.”
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In a Instagram post, Lambert wrote, “I’m still floating around on a cloud from last night. Thank you so much @cma for celebrating country music in a big way and for letting me be part of it. Today was a day spent reflecting on this amazing life that Nashville and country music fans have given me. And my friends. I’m so grateful.”
She also shared telling lyrics from Bad Self Portraits’ “Better Than,” writing in part, “‘I could spend ages reading the news I could spend days, singing the blues But I turn up the tv light Give up without a fight Better than pretending to know what’s wrong and what’s right’ This song. This band. These lyrics.”
Then there are her light-hearted social media posts, including a themed Halloween celebration (Lambert and her pals dressed up as the baseball players in A League of Their Own) and a relaxing trip to Joshua Tree, California, which she said “inspired” her.
Lambert’s optimism has been a common thread in the months since the divorce was announced and finalized in July. On Oct. 6, the superstar could not hide her excitement as she got her spot on the Music City Walk of Fame, telling the crowd that she had “never felt more inspired” in her career.
Lambert, wearing a figure-clinging black jumpsuit and oversized black sunglasses, reflected on her career as she took to the stage to accept the honor.
“A little more than 10 years ago I had gotten off Nashville Star – which was what I did instead of college – and I was living in Nashville and I made my first record. I got scared and ran back home to Mama,” she said.
“But I moved back here this year and I have never felt so inspired. This has been my first summer off the road in years, and I wrote every day. I feel more a part of Nashville than I ever have. I feel so at home here and so happy, and I am thrilled to have my name on the Music City Walk of Fame.”
At the ceremony – across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame – Lambert added: “This is such an honor. Thank you for letting me live this amazing life. I love it so much.”