Walk into any local grocery store and check out the magazine stand. Chances are you can’t find a single tabloid without pictures of country’s favorite couple to hate: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
Headlines read from everything like, “It’s Over,” to “We’re Having a Baby!” and even, “Showdown with the Younger Woman.”
Combined, the couple have sold millions of records, won numerous Country Music Awards and have topped the Billboard 100 charts with hit singles. Beyond the music, Shelton has gained additional attention as one of the most relatable judges on NBC’s The Voice.
The constant spotlight has led to rumors, heartache and even an ode to someone who experienced a similar, public relationship: Priscilla Presley.
Miranda’s recent single, “Priscilla,” featured on her album Platinum, effectively addresses the media pressure that is put on celebrity couples who live in the public eye.
She sings about how she’s a “permanent accessory” on the arm of a “man who’s married to attention.” Miranda asks the ex-wife of superstar Elvis Presley, “how do you get the love you want when everybody wants your man?”
There are some similarities and differences between these two, very public relationships.
Priscilla and Miranda both have had to deal with the emotional tolls that being married to a celebrity can bring. Loneliness, jealousy and anger are all very real feelings that would come about from this type of public life.
Although coping with these feelings is important in any marriage, the time period decided how each couple handled the pressure when faced with unwanted attention.
When the marriage of Priscilla and Elvis started falling apart because of media attention, they turned to other people or drugs to cope. Their divorce was finalized in 1973 after six years of marriage.
With the advantage of social media, Miranda and Blake can debunk infidelity rumors from media outlets with 140 characters. Despite the tabloid headlines, they have been married for nine years.
In 2014, it is not common for celebrity couples to rush into divorces following the stresses of unwanted media attention. It is refreshing to hear the wife of a sought-out country star singing about her struggles instead of running away from them.