Ashley Monroe Opens Up About BFF Miranda Lambert: 'She's a Very Brave Person'
By Sophie Schillaci
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Ashley Monroe has found herself at the center of a media frenzy as two of her best friends, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, dropped a divorce bombshell last week.
On Friday, the former couple made light of their split with a Twitter exchange promoting Monroe's new album, The Blade. (Later, the two shared a joke about ET's exclusive footage of Shelton pushing a baby stroller around Los Angeles.)
Monroe and Lambert have been best friends for nearly a decade, while Shelton served as the officiant at Monroe's 2013 wedding to White Sox pitcher John Danks. Even now, amid a firestorm of speculation about their personal lives, friendship remains a top priority for the former Mr. and Mrs. Shelton.
"I'm in touch with her every day, and him," Monroe says of the duo. "All's well in our world."
"I knew she was coming to the show, but I was like, 'You just sit back and watch, it'll all be good,'" Monroe recalls. "I saw her, I could see her singing in the booth along with my songs. I was like, 'There's no way she's gonna not get up here because she knows the harmony to all my songs and we love singing together.'"
Sure enough, the "Automatic" singer made her way to the stage for the encore -- and videos of the moment went viral.
"It means a lot to me that she’s ever up on stage with me," Monroe gushes. "She's a very brave person and I look up to her a lot for it."
The Blade is out now, featuring the single "On to Something Good." Between Monroe's sharp songwriting and that heavenly honky-tonk voice, the Vince Gill-produced album truly is country music at its finest.
Monroe may have written much of The Blade amid newlywed bliss, but the 28-year-old still knows how to write a heartbreak ballad that will hit you right in the feels.
"People always say, 'Oh my gosh, you're married! You're supposed to be happy!' I'm like, 'Really, you think marriage fixes everything?' There's heartache in marriage, too," Monroe says. "When I'm happy I just go outside and I'm happy, and when I feel like there's a song to be written, I always draw on some sort of sadness. It's just the way I write."
Monroe heads out on a headlining tour this fall, while Lambert is busy writing music for her Platinum follow-up. "She's been writing a ton in Nashville," Monroe reveals. "And I think the Pistol Annies will be getting together soon."
Lambert and Monroe teased the return of their girl group, also featuring Angaleena Presley, earlier this year at the ACM Awards. So what can we expect from the girls' new material?
"It'll be the truth," Monroe says. "That's for sure."