Miranda Lambert’s New Boyfriend’s Ex-Wife Posted This Heartbreaking Instagram Photo Showing She’s Definitely Not Over It
Miranda Lambert is no stranger to rumors and scandal. And now, she’s found herself in hot water since all the details of how her and her current boyfriend met have been revealed. It seems her love interest, Evan Felker, fell head-over-heels for Miranda as soon as the two got together in person — and he left his wife high and dry in the process.
How is Evan Felker’s ex dealing with the situation? On the surface, it seems she’s OK — but one recent Instagram post (page 6) shows months later, she’s still battling emotional turmoil.
1. Evan’s band opened for Miranda’s, which is how they first met
The country music scene appears to be quite a tight-knit community. So when Evan Felker’s band, the Turnpike Troubadours, were given the opportunity to tour with superstar Miranda Lambert, they jumped on it immediately. And Evan’s wife, Staci Felker, didn’t have any negative feelings about it — until now.
Miranda and Evan first connected via text before they met in person for the tour. From there, Evan’s faithfulness was tested when their texting turned flirtatious, People reports.
Next: Evan and Staci reportedly had an amazing relationship before Miranda.
2. Evan and Staci, his ex-wife, were reportedly ‘like best friends’
If Evan and Staci’s marriage was rocky prior to the country music tour, then this scandal would be easier to understand. One source told People, however, that this was not the case.
The source said Staci and Evan had been married for 18 months and had a wonderful life together. They were like “best friends,” said the source, and he even showed Staci the flirty texts between him and Miranda before the tour began. It seems he was honest in the beginning — but then things got out of hand.
Next: All it took was three days before Evan was done with Staci.
3. Miranda and Evan didn’t waste any time, as the tour was just 3 days long
Going on tour can take months for some musicians, but this wasn’t the case for the tour Miranda and Evan played together. People explains the Turnpike Troubadours and Miranda’s band were together for just three days in February.
As one insider tells People, “[People are] making it seem like, ‘Oh, they got close while they were on tour together,’ as if the tour was six months long, but it was three days, and the first two of those he was still acting like he was in love with his wife.”
Next: We remember this sneaky Instagram photo Miranda posted in February.
4. Miranda posted photos on Instagram that alluded to Evan’s cheating ways
We may have not known everything that was going on at the time of the scandal, but that didn’t stop Miranda from hinting. She posted this photo on Feb. 7 to her Instagram. It shows her smirking with “I do this thing called whatever I want” written on the mirror in the background.
This was right around the time, too, that Evan told his wife he wasn’t coming home after the tour, and that he was instead staying with Miranda.
Next: A more subtle sign of an affair.
5. Another hint at an affair on Instagram
Evan Felker posted plenty of positive messages about Lambert on social media while his band was part of her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour, People says. An Us Weekly report confirms that the duo became close after spending a lot of time together on the tour. (During this time, Lambert was also reportedly still dating Anderson East. Their split was confirmed in early April 2018.)
Next: We really feel for Staci after this heartbreaking post.
6. Staci’s Instagram post shows how sad she really feels
Staci has had some time to recover from her husband cheating and leaving her for Miranda, and she does her best to throw on a happy face for social media. This post about self-care, while funny, made us sad, though — especially the part about leaving the country and resurfacing “with a new name 10 years later.”
This isn’t the first time she’s showed the emotional turmoil this has brought her, either. We can’t forget her teary-eyed selfie she posted on her Instagram story awhile ago that said, “If Staci Felker can make it through this week, so can you.”
Next: Everyone’s siding with Staci in this situation.
7. Sources close to Evan and Staci are shocked by Evan’s actions
It seems this type of behavior from Evan is totally shocking everyone close to Staci. A friend of Staci’s also took to social media to share her thoughts on what’s going on, Pop Culture reports. The friend is calling her “Saint Staci” for all that she’s been through. “My mind is still like, blown. I can’t say enough good things about this person.” She continued by saying, “Evan has no idea what he’s up against.”
Next: She also hopes this message gets back to Miranda.
8. Staci’s friend threw serious shade on Miranda
Pop Culture explains Staci’s friend had a lot to say during her rant on social media — and it wasn’t all just praise for her sorrowful friend. She also threw daggers straight at Miranda.
“Miranda, if you’re out there, know someone hates you,” Staci’s friend said. She then went on to accuse Miranda of internet stalking Staci because of her serious insecurities. As for the future, she also hinted that it may be salvageable for Staci and Evan. “Just pray for Evan to pull his head out of his a**,” she added.
Next: Does the subject of the scandal have anything to say?
9. Lambert’s reaction to it all
According to Hollywood Life, Lambert is not a fan of the negative press that her new relationship is garnering. Nevertheless, she reportedly has no intention of ending her relationship with Felker because of the stories surrounding it. Furthermore, Felker’s band is slated to join Lambert of country band Big Little Town on their The Bandwagon Tour. Does this mean the scandal will carry on into the summer? Stay tuned …
Next: Why did Lambert and Shelton really get divorced?
10. A trip down memory lane
When Lambert and Shelton first met back in 2005, Shelton was married, and Lambert was dating country singer Jeff Allen McManus. However, their status didn’t stop the pair from having a sizzling connection when they sang a duet on CMT 100 Greatest Duets Concert.
In 2011, Lambert told Dateline, “I knew he was married. I had seen their wedding pictures in Country Weekly. I knew better, like, ‘this is off-limits.’ My parents are private investigators, for God’s sake. I’ve seen this my whole life — affairs, and of all people to know better, I know better than this.”
In his VH1 Behind the Music special, Shelton explained, “I’ve never had that kind of experience with anybody. I was a married guy, you know? Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her, right there on stage.”
It sounds suspect to us.
Next: Trust issues and drama
11. A marriage built on rocky ground
Shelton filed for divorce from Kaynette Williams after three years of marriage in February 2006 and began dating the “Tin Man” singer either soon before or very shortly after that. However, much of the former couple’s first year together was spent apart as Shelton was working on his an album and Lambert was touring.
We’ve been through a lot of crap together—a lot of crap—and I think that in the beginning, being apart all the time and going through some really hard times just kind of…I’m glad we got over that hump because we really just get along great. We can make it, being away for weeks at a time. We have arguments on the phone, but five minutes later, we’re saying, “I love you, see you in a week,” whatever it is. We really just are best friends.
That doesn’t exactly sound like bliss.
Next: Fury and fussing
12. A volatile bond
Though Lambert and Shelton’s relationship seemed passionate, it didn’t exactly appear to be healthy. When they finally made their red carpet debut as a couple in at the 2007 CMT Music Awards, Shelton said,
Miranda and I have a very interesting relationship. She can get so mad at me that she just wants to punch me in the face, and we’ll say that’s it. Then, 30 minutes later, we’re calling each other and acting like it never happened. I think it’s that we’re both artists, and if I want to see her or she wants to see me, sometimes it just doesn’t work out, and it’s frustrating.
But I think she’s somebody that I’m going to have in my life a long time. She’s one of those few people you meet, and have a connection with and you don’t really fully understand it, but you know it’s a pretty big deal.
Next: Some really unromantic words
13. Misery loves company?
Looking back, it doesn’t seem that Shelton and Lambert were meant to be. In fact, their rocky start began to fracture them.
The “I Lived It” singer told CMT News, “There were times early on there that — I know that she did and I know that I did, we were just ready to give up on it and walk away from it because there’s nothing easy about having a relationship doing what we do. But we just decided that as miserable as we are together, it’s way more miserable when we’re apart.”
Um, that isn’t exactly romantic.
Next: The strain of being a celebrity
14. Being on display all the time
For any celebrity couple, it can be incredibly overwhelming to be on display. But Shelton and Lambert never seemed to adjust. Perhaps it was because they were both in relationships when they initially connected. The pair often made snide comments about the press and tabloids instead of just ignoring them.
In a 2014 interview with 60 Minutes, three years after they were married, Shelton said,
We try so hard to keep people’s focus on what we do and not our marriage. It’s almost impossible to do that, and why open that door any further than it already is open by sitting down and doing interviews together and giving every freakin’ magazine out there a two-sentence quote that’s turned into alien babies… There’s no reason for us to do that.”
Next: History repeating itself
15. Fast forward to now
By the time Shelton gave his interview to 60 Minutes in 2014, his marriage to Lambert was virtually over. The duo announced their divorce and its finalization on July 20, 2015. Apparently, too much time apart, big personality differences, and a ton of drama from the beginning contributed to the couple’s downfall. Now, three years later, the drama continues.
After Shelton commented on Lambert’s new relationship, her former beau Jeff Allen McManus chimed in with a now-deleted tweet aimed at Shelton. He said, “You know, I’ve always given you the benefit of the doubt and chalked it up to just being human, But you must be one arrogant SOB to pop off something like this, when I know damn good and well you were cheating on your wife and Miranda was cheating on me when you two started up.”
Meanwhile, Nelson’s father coyly commented on Lambert’s man-stealing reputation. He said, “I don’t like to spread rumors, but I’d say you’re on the right track.”
Additional reporting by Aramide Tinubu.
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