Miranda Lambert Wants to “Build an Empire”

“We passed in the hall earlier, but we’re used to that. It’s routine for us to have our time together and then separate and go be who we are, but I love it.”

Miranda Lambert might be a newlywed, but that doesn’t mean she’s slowing down her career one iota. She and husband Blake Shelton, who married on May 14, have since spent their time working on respective projects—Blake is spending time in Los Angeles as a judge on The Voice, while Miranda is working on two albums (her upcoming fifth solo album as well as a debut album as part of the trio Pistol Annies).

“Marriage is great,” Miranda told reporters Sunday, June 12, during a press conference in Nashville. “We got married and saw each other for a week, and I haven’t seen him really since then,” she said with a laugh. “We passed in the hall earlier, but we’re used to that. It’s routine for us to have our time together and then separate and go be who we are, but I love it. People say it looks good on me, so it’s great. Hey," she gushed, "I should’ve got married a long time ago if it looks good on me.”

Still, don’t look for the couple to pull a Faith Hill/Tim McGraw-type power tour together just yet. “Right now it’s so crazy because our careers have started to rise at the same time," Miranda continued. "We’re so focused on what is going on in our own careers right now that we’re waiting to take that step. That’s a big step to tour together. We’d have Faith and Tim’s shoes to fill and Soul II Soul was huge. We’d want to make sure that we pick the right time. Not that I’m comparing it to that, it’s just that we want it to be that big and that important. Until it will, we’re not going to step out on that limb, and so, if the time comes, I’d love to have a duet with him. We’ve been taking it slow. Also, we’re very different artists. The more we’ve grown, the more we’ve grown closer together musically, so it would make more sense for a tour.”

Though she had three weeks off in May for her wedding and honeymoon, Miranda says she can’t stay on break for long. “I feel like I need a break sometimes, but then I have one and I’m like, ‘I want a gig, I want a gig.’ I think it’s very important to have that balance. Some part of me wants to be home for two months straight, but then part of me would go crazy, because I have a real strong drive to build an empire. That’s what I’m trying to do, so to build an empire you don’t take off work.”

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