One year ago today, country music fans’ hearts were breaking Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
FILE - In this April 7, 2013 file photo, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert, right, accept the award for song of the year for "Over You" at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nev. Shelton and Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage. Shelton’s spokesman provided a statement from the couple on Monday, July 20, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

It’s been 365 days and a few dozen tears since Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert broke our country hearts on July 6, 2015.

And for some reason, it still hurts.

Sure, we are more than happy that the two have both found new love in the arms of others, and we are ecstatic that both of their careers continue to flourish.

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But somewhere deep in our hearts, we wish the marriage of Blake and Miranda had gone on. We wanted to see them have adorably talented babies, and we wanted to watch them grow old together and one day, we wanted to see them hold hands as they both walked off into the sunset.

Because isn’t that what it’s all about?

We mean, the way they looked at each other made us believe in true love. The way they sung to each other melted our hearts. The way they seemed to bask in each other’s successes and comfort each other during their hard times made us think that someday, we, too, would find that kind of love.

But than the fairy tale ended, as abruptly as it began.

And we were once again reminded that not every story has a happy ending.

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Maybe we were living in some dreamland, but we truly felt that these two had what it took to make it in a world where a majority of marriages end up in divorce. It hurts to not see them sitting together at awards shows and it kills to listen to old songs they once sang to one another.


But really, we are happy that they have moved on with other loves.

We think.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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