Miranda Lambert’s Husband, Brendan McLoughlin, Might Not Be As Sweet as We Thought

Miranda Lambert seems totally smitten with her new husband, Brendan McLoughlin. The NYPD police officer and country singer had a whirlwind wedding late last year, and Lambert has been happy as can be ever since. Though her love for him is strong, McLoughlin’s past isn’t exactly squeaky clean — he might not be the Mr. Nice Guy everyone thought he was.

Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin
Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin | Jason Kempin/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM

Lambert and McLoughlin met when she was in New York

Back in 2018, Lambert was in New York City with her band, the Pistol Annies, to promote their new single and album. At the time, McLoughlin was working as a police officer outside of the Good Morning America studios, where Lambert and her band were making an appearance. Lambert’s band members caught wind of McLoughlin and got the idea to set her up with him; she was ready to date once again, and someone without such a famous name was a good change of pace for her. Clearly, things worked out.

The two kept their wedding a secret for the first few months

When Lambert and McLoughlin met, she wasn’t ready to tell the world about her new man. Lambert was previously married to Blake Shelton, and being with someone so famous likely put a strain on their marriage; both of them were always in the spotlight. With McLoughlin, things were different. The two fell in love almost instantly and got married within a few months. But Lambert didn’t want a lot of fanfare surrounding her new relationship; she kept their wedding a secret until she announced their nuptials on Valentine’s Day in 2019.

McLoughlin allegedly cheated on his former fiancé and got another woman pregnant

Though McLoughlin and Lambert seem very happy together, and she hasn’t stopped gushing about him since she first revealed they were married, not everyone has great things to say about her new husband. His former fiancé’s mother spoke out about him and called him “garbage.” McLoughlin allegedly cheated on his fiancé and got another woman pregnant shortly before meeting Lambert. Carol Bruno told Us Weekly that her daughter, Jackie Bruno, was engaged to McLoughlin when he cheated with another woman. “[Brendan] tried to deny it and then begged her to stay with him,” Bruno said of his affair. “… He was begging her to marry him before she left, even though he knew the girl was pregnant.”

Lambert has said her new marriage is different from her previous one

Evidently, Lambert doesn’t mind that her husband supposedly stepped out on his last partner. Lambert consistently gushes about McLoughlin, and it appears the two only have eyes for each other. However, Lambert did come under fire after her divorce from Blake Shelton when rumors swirled that she had been cheating on him. She also alluded to him cheating on her, though, and nobody ever seemed to get the full story. Either way, Lambert seems incredibly happy with the way her life has worked out, and the two are definitely loving each other’s company.