Recording artist Miranda Lambert performs during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean perform onstage during the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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(L-R) Musicians Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert of Pistol Annies perform onstage during the ‘Interstate Gospel’ tour at The Novo by Microsoft on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Pistol Annies)
(L-R) Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert of musical group Pistol Annies perform onstage during the 2018 CMT Artists of The Year at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 17, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
Miranda Lambert and band members take photos backstage to kick off Miranda Lambert’s sold out residency at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 19, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum )
Miranda Lambert (L) and Natalie Hemby perform onstage to kick off her sold out residency at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 19, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum )
Ashley Monroe (L) and Miranda Lambert perform onstage to kick off her sold out residency at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 19, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum )
Miranda Lambert (C) performs during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miranda Lambert (C) performs onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miranda Lambert attends SiriusXM’s The Highway channel broadcast backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Miranda Lambert performs during the Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
(L-R) Robert Early Keen, George Strait, Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton perform onstage during George Strait’s Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert; Strait and special guests Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform in concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for George Strait)
Miranda Lambert attends the Miranda MuttNation March at Nissan Stadium on June 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert performs onstage during the 2017 CMT Music Awards rehearsals at Music City Convention Center on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert performs onstage during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(L-R) Musicians Josh Osborne, Lori McKenna, Luke Laird, guest, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen, Brandy Clark, Matthew Ramsey Matt Jenkins, Ashley Gorley, guest, Luke Dick, Cam guest and Miranda Lambert at the ACM Party For A Cause: Songwriter Showcase on March 31, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for ACM)
Anderson East, Miranda Lambert, Maddie and Tae’s, Maddie Marloe and Tae Dye attend the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Guitarist Scotty Wray (L) and recording artist Miranda Lambert perform during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Recording artists Miranda Lambert (L) and Billy Gibbons perform onstage during the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Recording artists Anderson East (L) and Miranda Lambert attend the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Singers Carrie Underwood (L) and Miranda Lambert perform onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for ACM)
Recording artists Patty Loveless (L) and Miranda Lambert perform onstage during ACM Presents: Superstar Duets at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 18, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for dcp)
Miranda Lambert attends the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard attend the 2014 CMT Artists Of The Year at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
Singer Miranda Lambert performs onstage at Fashion Rocks 2014 presented by Three Lions Entertainment at the Barclays Center of Brooklyn on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
Miranda Lambert performs during the first annual Florida Country Superfest – Day 2 at EverBank Field on June 15, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for 2014 Festival Productions Inc.)
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Miranda Lambert may have expected the coverage of her surprise marriage to 27-year-old New York City police Officer Brendan McLoughlin to be more universally celebrated.
Instead, fans are wondering about a report that McLoughlin cheated on his former fiancee and got another woman pregnant, as well as questions about whether he was the young male dining companion at the center of the recent steakhouse fight in Nashville, Tenn., during which Lambert dumped salad on a woman’s lap.
There appears to be still more challenges to the country star’s newlywed bliss. Lambert, 35, and McLoughlin reportedly will live apart and have to make due with a commuter marriage, while he’s being reassigned duties in the NYPD because of all the media scrutiny.
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On Saturday, Lambert took to Instagram to announce, “in honor of Valentine’s Day,” that she got “hitched” to McLoughlin.”I met the love of my life,” she wrote. “My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for…. me.”
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TMZ reported that McLoughlin was an NYPD officer assigned to the Midtown South precinct in Manhattan, where he walks foot patrol in Times Square. Us Weekly also said that the handsome 5-foot-11 McLoughlin once was an aspiring model.
Another TMZ report said his Times Square duties may have brought him into Lambert’s orbit and led to their whirlwind romance. Lambert and McLoughlin reportedly met when she came to New York to appear on “Good Morning America” on Nov. 2. The ABC show’s studios are near Times Square.
TMZ said that the idea that the two-time Grammy winner was dating a police officer and was serious enough about him to get married came “out of nowhere.”
The gossip site furthermore questioned whether McLoughlin was with Lambert and her mother Feb. 10 when the singer got into a heated argument with other diners at the Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill in Nashville. During the argument, Lambert reportedly walked over to the other diners’ table and dumped salad on the lap of a woman.
“It’s possible, but hard to tell, that the male friend is her new husband, Brendan,” TMZ said, publishing photos from the incident.
It’s not clear what sparked the brouhaha, but TMZ said the altercation had something to do with Lambert’s male friend (McLoughlin?) being insulted by a joke made by an older male diner in the men’s restroom. The beef continued into the dining room and included Lambert “mouthing off” at the male diner and dumping the salad.
Police were called, but Lambert and her party were gone by the time officers arrived.
But the salad fight may not be the only possible controversy surrounding Lambert and her new husband.
Us Weeklyreported that McLoughlin cheated on his ex-fiancee, Jackie Bruno, and got another woman pregnant. That other woman, Kaihla Rettinger, gave birth to McLoughlin’s baby in November — about the same time he apparently met Lambert and began his romance with her.
The cheating claim comes from Jackie Bruno’s mother, Carol, who told Us Weekly that her daughter was “blindsided” by his infidelity.
“She was engaged to Brendan and he cheated on her and got another girl pregnant,” Carol Bruno told Us Weekly. “It’s all true.”
“She was thrown for a loop, she had no clue,” Carol Bruno said about her daughter. She told Us Weekly that Rettinger contacted her daughter, a professional soccer player, to tell her about her pregnancy.
“(Brendan) tried to deny it and then begged her to stay with him,” Carol Bruno added to Us Weekly.
The marriage to McLoughlin is Lambert’s second; she divorced Blake Shelton in 2015.
Lambert previously dated musician R&B musician Anderson East for two years and then Evan Felker of the net-folk group the Turnpike Troubadours. But in August, Lambert confirmed her breakup with Felker to The Tennessean, saying she was “happily single,” according to Us Weekly.
In addition to McLoughlin’s previous relationship drama, he and his new wife may face other challenges in their first year of marriage. TMZ reported that the couple won’t share a home base but will be splitting their time between Nashville, where Lambert has a 400-acre estate, and New York City, were McLoughlin will continue his police work for at least a year.
Speaking of his job, TMZ added that McLoughlin is being reassigned from his foot patrol duties in Times Square. Sources told TMZ that McLoughlin has been temporarily reassigned to a more covert position — driving top police officials around — because the media, including reporters and photographers in news trucks, were hounding him while on duty.
But McLoughlin’s work may not be the only thing keeping him in New York City for the time being, TMZ added. He also has the new baby with Rettinger, and it remains to be seen if and how that child will be integrated into his new life with his country star wife.
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