OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert: “I’m Really Real”

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Miranda Lambert ’s insecurities become her. Because who can relate to someone who’s never insecure? In the February issue of Redbook magazine , Lambert admits she feels that way often and cries onstage about once a week. She even tells the story of a time when she and her husband Blake Shelton had lost his father, her best friend from childhood and a dog she’d had forever. “I went back onstage, and I wasn’t ready, but the crowd just embraced me. I was like, ’OK, I’m really real. Like, all of this tough-girl image? My walls are down and all these people can see it,'” she recalled. “But it was a good moment for me. I just laid it out there, like, ’I’m normal, I’m a girl, I have PMS, and I get emotional, and I’m sad sometimes, and that’s it.'” What’s so genuine about Lambert’s revelation is that when she made her mark on country music — after her 2003 Nashville Star run and her first Top 20 hit, “Kerosene” — she definitely gave off a tough-girl vibe. But it’s softening. “I feel like I got over the hump of trying to be like, ’I have a chip on my shoulder, I’m strong all the time,’ you know,” Lambert said. “Because no one is.”