It’s widely accepted that Blake Shelton divorced Miranda Lambert because she cheated on him. And while that remains fairly undisputed, Blake wasn’t innocent. Looking at him now in his relationship with Gwen Stefani, it’s easy to miss. But in fact, Blake Shelton isn’t just a serial flirt. He has a solid history as a cheater.
Cheater From The Start
To start, you may remember that Blake was married when he and Miranda met. Flashback to 2005. Blake and Miranda were paired together for a CMT concert celebrating famous country songs. There was instant chemistry. During their duet of “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” Shelton had the dopey grin of a guy completely smitten.
Looking back on it, Lambert recognized it was a bad idea. In an interview, she explained, “I knew he was married. I had seen the wedding pictures in Country Weekly. I knew better. This is off limits. My parents are private investigators, for God’s sake. I’ve seen this my whole life, affairs. And I’m like, ‘If all people didn’t know better, I know better than this.’”
Blake divorced his wife (his high school sweetheart) just a year after meeting Miranda.
He continued to heavily flirt after he and Miranda married. For example, once when Shelton was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he blatantly flirted with actress Scarlett Johansson. When the Leno brought up Shelton’s wedding anniversary, Shelton replied, “Don’t talk about that in front of Scarlett!”
And that’s to say nothing of his Twitter account.
Rumors circulated for years that Blake was having an affair with songwriter Cady Groves. The two allegedly exchanged a number of inappropriate tweets, which came to a head after Blake and Miranda announced their divorce.
Just hours after the divorce went public, Groves tweeted, “It’s sick that I experienced a once in a lifetime love – still as strong as the day it happened – & have been punished every day since.” And, “I never quit loving you – you just ran…and that’s all you need to know. After all these years – it’s you. Always was: always will be.”
His Twitter account was so volatile that Miranda kept an eye on it. As she revealed in an interview, “Either one of us can always look at each other’s phone, and we know each other’s passcode. I like to check his direct [Twitter] messages.”
And she had good reason to. Blake had a history of inappropriate tweets. For example, Vanity Fair reported on a tweet Shelton sent out about Dakota Fanning. “Soo . . . I just figured out a great excuse for my sick fantasy about Dakota Fanning. I thought she was Amanda Seyfried,” he posted. Dakota was 16 at the time.
Of course, Miranda always alleged he cheated. It just got lost in the chatter, particularly when her cheating was generally undisputed.
What actually went down is of some mystery. But where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And there’s a hell of a lot of smoke around Shelton.