Miranda Lambert refers to her stepson as ‘our adorable little nugget’

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I still have my fingers crossed for some summer shenanigans with Miranda Lambert and her young cop husband Brendan McLoughlin. Brendan and Miranda got together last fall, just a month after her situation with Evan Felker ended, and Miranda and Brendan met during the same week that Brendan welcomed a son with his mistress/girlfriend. From the sound of it, Miranda met her messy match and of course she married him within three months. She’s already started showing him off at awards shows, and they’ve been pap’d a few times in New York, where she bought an apartment. Remarkably, they don’t get pap’d in Nashville, where Miranda also owns a home, and where she and Brendan get into salad-tossing steakhouse beefs. Anyway, Miranda chatted about their marriage and being a stepmom and their lives in Nashville and New York. I’m getting such strong LeAnn Rimes vibes.

Miranda Lambert is embracing her new life as a wife and stepmom! The country singer, who tied the knot with Brendan McLoughlin in January, recently opened up to Extra in honor of the CMA Fest and her annual MuttNation March about life as a newlywed and how the couple has managed to successfully blend their lives. Their compatibility would come as a surprise to some, seeing that Lambert, 35, has been based in Nashville, while McLoughlin, 27, is a New York City police officer. The city slicker cop is also a father and has a 7-month-old son from a previous relationship.

“We have the best of both worlds,” she told the outlet. “We spend time in New York, we get to see our adorable nugget, then we get to come back to the farm and have the quiet life. I’m enjoying the balance.”

Though Lambert does not have human children of her own, as a self-described “crazy dog lady” she’s a mom to plenty of fur babies.

“I’m loving that whole phase, and I’ve raised a million dogs, so I feel like I’ve got that part of my womanly/motherly thing is full, so this is a whole new journey,” she told the outlet. “It’s great… My stepson is amazing. [Brendan’s] a great guy and, bless his heart, he didn’t have any dogs or any animals at all when he came into this relationship, so he inherited a whole barn full. I was like, ‘Hey, I got the dogs, you got the kid, we can mix and mingle.’”

[From People]

“We get to see our adorable nugget.” I mean, we went through this with LeAnn Rimes. I’m not going to fight these battles again. I’ll just say that I extend my sympathy to the nugget’s mother and the messy situation she likely finds herself in at the moment. As for all the dogs… my dad always said that when he married my mom, her cats were her “dowry,” and so that’s how I always think of it. Miranda’s dowry dogs.

Miranda Lambert and Brendan Mcloughlin are seen hauling luggage leaving their Manhattan apartment

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  1. Lorelei says:

    OMG. If I was this baby’s mother, I would find this so infuriating. Right or wrong, considering the circumstances, it seems too soon and incredibly insensitive. But my expectations of Miranda are already rock bottom, so.

    ETA Obviously I know that if she’s going to be with Brendan for the long haul (lol), it’s great that she’s embracing the child, but this just seems so over the top and superficial at the moment.

  2. Nikki says:

    It’s very crass and shows huge insensitivity. Love your new stepchild, lavish all the affection you want, but don’t help steal a man away from his wife and then publicly claim her CHILD as yours too. I’d want to throttle her.

    • Nikki says:

      OMG, and if anyone starts to lecture me that you can’t steal anyone unless the marriage is already unhappy, I say “bull”oney. You sure can try your damndest to help someone slip. He has MORE responsibility, because he’s the one breaking his vows and leaving his child, but don’t even try to convince me that a woman who runs off with a married man doesn’t share some blame.

      • yellow says:

        Oh yeah! There are some predators/opportunists and leaches (narcissists and the like) out there as well. I never believed that old line, though there is some truth to it, and perhaps for some situations it’s true…but it isn’t a cover-all for everything.

    • Nina Simone says:

      But wasn’t the child with his mistress ? As a result of his cheating on his then fiancé ? He’s messy too if I recall…..

      • Eliza says:

        My recollection is yes. This child was not with his fiance but with the woman who he was cheating on her with and both of those relationships ended prior to the babies birth. So he was single when he met Miranda, probably the only single guy she’s dated, but he had recently ended his engagement and had a baby on the way with an ex/other-woman, so I guess still messy enough for miranda.

      • Nikki says:

        Oh gosh! Thanks Nina and Eliza; I am not keeping up with my gossip!

  3. Zapp Brannigan says:

    “We had the best of both worlds,” she told the outlet. “I got to boot scoot my cooch over another woman’s man, with the added thrill of her being pregnant with his child, but then he went and f*cked it up by dumping her and I had to marry him for appearances”

    Currently Miss Lambert is recruiting for a new side piece, please send your resume to People magazine’s HR dept, Miss Lambert’s pr agency and “Big Mikes waffle and steak house” , third bathroom stall from the left by the hand dryers.

    Fixed it for ya, Miranda (she is the messiest gossip mess)

  4. PlainJane says:

    I am sure the “nugget’s” mom is living through he!! on earth, and it has to be super confusing for the “nugget”. Everyone can take comfort in knowing this should be over in a few more months.

    Then daddy will have to explain about the time he, “married the crazy lady”. Kids are forever, and Miranda is just for a hot minute.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      If I were the mother, I would just try to live my life, raise my baby and ignore all that other sh*t.

  5. Marie says:

    What’s the big deal? It’s very hard as a “stepparent” to navigate the proper verbiage when referring to children you are helping the person you are with raise. People that get overly sensitive to what an adult calls a child they love, or a child referring to a step parent as mom or dad need to check themselves. All that matters is the love between them. All your personal insecurities and a parent who can’t handle that, shouldn’t have had a kid and then separated to begin with. Because once you are no longer with that person then guess what! There’s more than just two bio adults raising your kid. You gave up that place of being the only mom (or dad) in your kids life. Stop creating these topics like this should be an issue. Mind your own business and let these people work out who calls who what. With blended families more common than ever in history this is not a topic that should be thrown around

    • Alissa says:

      I think it might be too soon – isn’t the kid only like 7-8 months old? And it doesn’t sound like they spend a lot of time with him.

      I’m a stepparent myself, and it’s definitely a hard thing to navigate! I got lucky in that all of the kids refer to me as a parent, and I’ve been in my youngest stepson’s life since he was 2 – he told me recently that he considers himself my kid. I never want to step on the mom’s toes, but I’ve also spent as much time with him as his mom since he was 2, because of 50/50 custody. I call them my stepkids to be respectful to their parents, but I think of and treat them as my kids.

      I know people have been pretty cruel to Giselle and Leigh Ann for how they have discussed their stepkids, but they always seemed like really involved parents to their stepkids and I’ve often thought that criticism was unfair and rooted more in how they got together with their husbands than anything to do with the relationship with their kids. Which is silly.

      • LL says:

        Alissa: Brady wasn’t in a relationship. People have been cruel to his wife, but she did nothing wrong. The criticism IS unfair.

    • Amelie says:

      It’s a bit of a different story when Miranda Lambert is involved. She is a notorious “man-inizer” (what is the equivalent of womanizer for a woman? man eater?). I wouldn’t want her around any kids I might have.

    • Nikki says:

      I don’t think the mom “gave up being the only mom in the child’s life”; I think it was foisted upon her by that big cheater. And let’s agree to disagree, because I definitely think it’s too soon, AND Miranda doesn’t need to publicly refer to another woman’s baby as THEIRS. I think it’s not the same situation as just anyone who’s step parenting, and I think it’s very crass of Miranda to have said it. And this is a GOSSIP SITE, so do we really have to mind our own business on your say-so??!

  6. Fig says:

    @zapp 🤣🤣🤣

  7. Whitecat says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this Brendan guy got this woman pregnant while he was engaged to another woman…. and i don’t really know how much his baby mama knew about his engagement.

    • Paleokifaru says:

      I thought the baby mama told the fiance and had been aware of the engagement the whole time so she was complicit in the cheating. They’re all messes, not just Miranda, so I really don’t think the kid is going to escape having disasters for parental units.

      Step parents still get so much crap, especially stepmoms. It’s ridiculous. You’re damned if you do get involved with your stepkids and damnes if you don’t.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        I know from experience that some men lie to a new woman about stuff that is “hard” to explain – like being engaged or married. I was working overseas when I met a guy who came at me like a heat seeking missile while describing in passing that “the wife” had moved out years ago. But he forgot to tell me the part where they got back together and were still together (at least as far as she and the family knew) although basically living apart due to his work.

        I learned a great deal from that relationship – I learned I need to do background checks in the future 🙂

    • Starkiller says:

      It is truly shocking, how many men do not feel this is important enough information to share. I dated a man, who said he was divorced. A month or two later, he let slip that he was not actually divorced, but legally separated. A month or two after that. He let slip that he was not actually legally separated yet, he had forgotten to file the paperwork. I bowed out at that point, figuring that he had probably also forgotten that he still lived with his wife and, maybe even had children.

  8. Jb says:

    Trashy! I appreciate everyone’s comments above on this as Miranda is missing a sensitivity bone and common sense. However isn’t the nugget from his side piece and not his actual fiancée, who broke up with his skanky a$$, prior to marrying his salad tossing wife??? Again how TRASHY! Love it ( also please note I find delight in this because it sounds like Karma is coming in hott for Miranda sooner or later!)

  9. EM says:

    I can’t get angry about this. I love it when my step-mom calls me her daughter. It’s not all about the mom’s feelings. There is a kid too.

  10. Case says:

    I don’t mind her calling the baby “our little nugget.” She’s a disaster and that’s a whole separate issue, but in terms of a stepparent referring to a child, this isn’t so bad. If she said “his baby” it would sound distant. IDK.

    • olive says:

      she could’ve just called the baby what he is to her, which is her stepson. if she’d called him ‘my stepson’ that would not have sounded distant nor too close, it would’ve sounded appropriate.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      I hope the baby’s mother is able to sail on above this and focus on the baby. The rest of it is just talk. And I think Miranda and her new husband will be the types to bring the drama, so it’s best to ignore it all before it drives her crazy.

  11. Bleh says:

    It’s wildly different than a step parent loving their step child from this mess of an ‘artist’ using a private person’s infant son for press. This also feels like intimidation. He’s ‘ours’ is just gross. Also dude hasn’t worked in months, let’s stop with the cop pretense @miranders pr firm

  12. Christin says:

    Given the messy backgrounds involved, do we really expect them to be a couple by the child’s second* birthday?

    * First birthday would be November. Wouldn’t surprise me if storm clouds are brewing by then. A year may be an eternity for a boot-scootin’, salad-tossin’ Mason-Dixon lust match.

    • Tiffany says:

      “A year may be an eternity for a boot-scootin’, salad-tossin’ Mason-Dixon lust match.”

      I am done for the day. No more to be written.

  13. Tiffany :) says:

    MuttNation sounds like a great organization! I am not super interested in her private life, but the website makes the foundation look really interesting. They do adoption drives, help animals in need because of natural disasters, fund pet transports, etc. I can’t snark on that.

  14. Jen says:

    Totally off topic, but can anyone ID that cool clutch?

  15. PoochieSpice says:

    Miranda is that dog at the park that has to piss on everything to mark her territory. Kid is her nugget now until she gets bored of him and the dad and finds new dick. That’s how she lives her life. She’s just using them.

  16. PoochieSpice says:

    If you’re wondering why she’s playing step mommy dearest, she’s got a new song coming out tomorrow. Just like she used the wedding to change the narrative after salad gate she’s using the baby to drum up interest into her new music.

  17. sophieb9 says:

    That veneer job is like super-size nuggets of chalk

  18. paddingtonjr says:

    On a positive note, the baby is less than a year old and the marriage will be over soon, so hopefully the child won’t be too emotionally scarred.

  19. Ruyana says:

    This dude deserves anything Miranda dishes out to him. He earned it.

  20. Snowflake says:

    ^^^what she said.

  21. Lucy2 says:

    I’d be shocked if they spent any significant time with the baby, and I bet they’ll be split up before the kid is old enough to remember her.

    This situation is messy with a capital M.