Miranda Lambert may be a country girl at heart, but she’s slowly falling in love with the big city, thanks to her husband, NYPD officer Brendan McLoughlin.
The superstar, who now splits her time between her Nashville-area farm and a Manhattan apartment she shares with McLoughlin, opened up about her new appreciation for New York City in the latest issue of People.
“I love the city. My heart is in Texas and Tennessee, but my husband has opened my eyes to a whole new world,” she told the publication.
Lambert had visited the city countless times prior to her relationship with McLoughlin, but never truly got to experience it because she was always there for work.
“I’ve never just gotten to like hang out and wander the city and really take in what that is, good and bad,” she explained. “There’s these crazy awesome rock bars and graffiti, I really enjoy it.”
Don’t expect the award-winning singer to move there full-time though. She says a few days in the “big apple” is just enough for her.
“It does drain your energy,” she admitted. “Spending a lot of time here, I start to get anxiety and stress, and go, ‘Okay, that’s three days. No more sirens. I’m good’… That’s why going back to the farm refuels me. When I was younger, I used to thrive on more noise and more going and more people. It’s opposite now. I need the quiet versus the noise.”
When she’s ready for a break, she heads back to her farm where she can unwind and simply be herself.
“I’ve got bunnies and horses and dogs, cats, and I just can wear no makeup and be in the same clothes for three days,” she said. “They don’t care. It’s just really a place where I can regroup.”
Right now, however, Lambert is New York in the midst of media blitz surrounding the release of her much-anticipated new album, Wildcard. Out now, the album features 16 tracks, including the lead single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash.”