Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton parted ways in 2015, but the exes will always share the heartwarming ballad “Over You.” The country singers co-wrote the 2011 song, which is based on the death of Shelton’s older brother, Richie, who died in a car accident in 1990 when he was 24 years old.
In a Interview with Radio Essentials on Apple MusicLambert, 37, talks about writing the song with the 44-year-old singer, taking an unusual look at their marriage.
“My ex-husband, Blake, had lost a brother, and it’s one of those moments where even if you’re married to someone, sometimes you find something new about them,” shared Lambert. “Guys don’t open up about things, but he started telling me about the experience of everything. And I was like, ‘Have you ever written about that?'”
Lambert said Shelton’s father Richard told him, “You don’t get over it. You just get used to it.”
Lambert asked Shelton if he wanted to write about the experience, but was concerned about being “invasive.”
“I would never try to write your story because I didn’t live it, but maybe it could help because I’m an outside perspective, but I feel like your pain speaks to me right now,” Lambert said of his conversation with Shelton.
The singer, who is now married to former police officer Brendon McLoughlin, described the songwriting process as “a really special moment” in her 10-year relationship with Shelton.
“I’m so glad that I shared that song and that it helped her family heal, to have that together,” she said.
Shelton and Lambert split in 2015. He has since become engaged to singer Gwen Stefani, and the couple have co-written several songs together.