Miranda Lambert is scared of the NYC subway: ‘I don’t know how to navigate’

Miranda Lambert and husband Brendan McLoughlin sport a fashionable and sophisticated look in NYC

Did you know that Miranda Lambert is a Scorpio? She struck me more as a Gemini, but Scorpio works too. It actually explains a lot about her personality. Anyway, Miranda is currently promoting The Pistol Annies’ latest album, which is why we’ve been getting so many interviews from her over the past few weeks. This is her first big promotional tour since she ran off and married Hot Cop Brendan McLoughlin after only knowing him for a couple of months. She successfully weathered that PR storm and truly, I’m shocked that they’re still together after nine months. Miranda is making it work though – she bought an apartment in New York, and they split their time between New York, Nashville and Texas, I guess. Here are some quotes from Miranda’s recent interviews with People and radio station Country 94.7.

On the New York subway system: “I don’t know how to navigate [the subway]. I’m scared of the stops. I know I won’t pay attention — I’m ADD — so I’ll be daydreaming and miss my place to get out.” She admitted McLoughlin was trying to fix her fear by getting her to “chill out about it.”

Living in NYC as opposed to just working there: “I’ve been to New York so many times, but I’ve only worked. I’ve never just gotten to like hang out and wander the city and really take in what that is, good and bad. There’s these crazy awesome rock bars and graffiti, I really enjoy it. I love the city. My heart is in Texas and Tennessee, but my husband has opened my eyes to a whole new world.”

She can only take New York for a short time though: “It does drain your energy. Spending a lot of time here, I start to get anxiety and stress, and go, ‘Okay, that’s three days. No more sirens. I’m good’… That’s why going back to the farm refuels me. When I was younger, I used to thrive on more noise and more going and more people. It’s opposite now. I need the quiet versus the noise.”

Her farm near Nashville: “I’ve got bunnies and horses and dogs, cats, and I just can wear no makeup and be in the same clothes for three days. They don’t care. It’s just really a place where I can regroup.”

On working out: “He helps me because he’s so energetic and he’ll push me.” On the other hand, she said she’s also teaching him a valuable lesson about self-awareness. “I think I’m helping him realize that, that’s great and all, but that’s not what defines you” she explained. “You’re very genetically blessed and I’m happy for you, but who you are isn’t what you look like.”

[From People]

While I’m sure that I know why Miranda and Blake Shelton split up (she was cheating, A LOT), I also sort of wonder sometimes if she sabotaged that marriage because she was deeply unhappy with trying to “fit in” to what Blake thought she should be, or what she thought “Blake Shelton’s wife” should be. Like, remember the last years of that marriage? She lost a lot of weight, got a hair stylist who knew what to do with her hair, and she started wearing more sophisticated clothes. She was trying to be this “first lady of country music,” I think, and it made her unhappy. She’s happier being a f–king mess and screwing around constantly and wandering around the farm with her dogs and horses.

As for her fears of the city life… yeah, I mean, I grew in the suburbs without a lot of access to public transport. Whenever I have used a subway, it’s given me anxiety too.

Miranda Lambert and spouse Brendan Mcloughlin hold hands while out on press run in NYC

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  1. DS9 says:

    The NYC subway system is very overwhelming, especially if you struggle with ADD.

    I was there last month after an 18 year absence and it took me a few to remember what I was doing. And it was a matter of remembering. If I was strictly relying on signage I’d still be down there trying to get from Penn to Grand Central.

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      I found it surprisingly hard aswell, not just the subway but the whole city. First and only city I ever got a bit lost in, and I am actually quite good at navigating. Nevertheless it’s an amazing city and I miss it dearly.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        I’ve given up on the NYC subway. I either walk, Uber, or failing that, will cab it. I’m going again next week. I’m staying by the park, and will need to get down to the Village to see my nephew in his play. Uber alllll the way lol.

    • Peanutbuttr says:

      I actually live in NYC and the major hub stops like the Time Square one are super confusing. Heck just last month, I got lost in Penn Station.

      • Jess says:

        Ahh yes, Penn Station aka Hell on Earth lol I live here too and I hate the subway. I use it, but it’s a pain sometimes. I went to Boston last weekend and although the trains are slower on the weekend, they’re so much nicer to navigate. 🙂

      • Janey says:

        YES! I’ve lived in NYC my entire life and had to go to Penn station twice. The first was a disaster and I got so lost and confused. The second time, went in a different entrance and it was 100% better. Not to mention, I got an unsolicited dick pick from someone trying to airdrop me (damn kids – they didn’t turn that off). Yuck.

    • Tanya says:

      Yeah, I’m making my kid apply to high schools within walking distance because I don’t trust her on the subway.

    • Charissa Dawn Sherwood says:

      Oh thank God, I’m not the only ADDer with public transport issues. Even when driving myself, if it’s somewhere I’m not familiar with I have to study the routes ahead of time and have someone whose more road familiar on speed dial .

  2. Angie says:

    I used to be terrified of taking any public transportation until I went to Tokyo. After navigating trains and subways in another language, I’m no longer afraid to just jump in and try it in Chicago or New York. I wish we had any kind of system where I live, I hate driving.

    I think this will be the only time in my life I even remotely relate to Miranda 😅

  3. Rapunzel says:

    I’m a bit claustrophobic so I hate anything underground. Never use Subways.

  4. emmy says:

    I’ve been to the US and to NYC only once and the subway was not a problem. I had had to navigate London, Paris, Athens and a few larger German cities before though so I’m sure that helped. I love and hate public transport. Cars make no sense in these large cities but man, the insanity of rush hour and people’s behavior…. I can see how it gets overwhelming. Getting to work sometimes makes me hate humanity.

  5. Lucy says:

    I grew up in NYC and still live here, but the subway is a mess. I think it’s incredibly hard for visitors to navigate. Beyond that, it is one of the least accessible systems in the world for people with any mobility or sensory issues. (I was at Atlantic Ave with my elderly mom yesterday and because of broken elevators and escalators and train reroutings, she ended up needing to climb 6 flights of stairs.) whenever I read that it’s the best system in the us (in terms of scale and distance), I get so sad for our public transit.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I have used a few subway systems around the world and the NY subway gets me every time. I have navigated systems where there is no signage in English (Bucharest) but the NY system is just horrendous, you can never figure out which train or platform to get and thats before trying to navigate from one platform to another. I found the subway and buses in LA to be far easier to use than NY.

      • Lucy2 says:

        Same here, I’ve used many in other countries, and even other US cities, and New York seems to be the hardest to navigate. I can’t even imagine it for people who aren’t English speakers!

    • DS9 says:

      There are so few places to sit in the subway. I got overheated and it triggered my asthma and I just kept walking because what else was I going to do?

      It’s definitely inaccessible.

  6. MattyLove says:

    I can’t with her “self-awareness” comment. Just can’t.

  7. Kyla says:

    I always take the subway in new cities when I’m travelling. The map app on my phone has detailed step by step instructions for using public transit. It’s so easy. Tells you everything you need to know about getting from point A to point B using the city’s transit.

    • Joanna says:

      What’s the name of that app? Pls 😁

      • Kyla says:

        It’s the Maps app that comes with any iPhone. Just open the app, type in where you want go, click directions, select the transit option and click GO.

        I use it all the time at home, in Europe and in the US.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I need that app, too! Public transportation befuddles me, because I grew up in a small town where we walked everywhere. I’ve taken the tube in London & the metro in Rome–both I could do for some reason–but NYCs subway just throws me. Bus schedules are beyond incomprehensible to me. I end up walking for hours in a new city (or take cabs) rather than attempt its public transportation.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I use CityMapper – its quite a good app, gives you detail info on buses etc.. However the cities it works with is limited.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      I used this in Beijing. It was great especially for taking the bus as it told you everything.

  8. No Doubt says:

    All Blake talks about is how good looking Gwen is, so yeah, I think you are correct about Miranda trying to be someone she isn’t in the last few years of their marriage. Gwen molds herself into who her partner wants her to be and we all know Miranda is a wild child and free spirit (with no morals). I’m surprised they were together as long as they were.

  9. Caty Page says:

    I’m from NYC and never managed to get it down. The Chicago system is easy to navigate, but we’re a much smaller city than NYC.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I’m sure you didn’t mean to be insulting to Scorpios in general, but you kind of were.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Really lol. I’m a Scorpio, and I’m not a home-wrecking mess! 😊

    • Amy Too says:

      Me too, I’m also a Scorpio and was like “hey! Not fair!” but I guess we are considered one of the most sexual signs, and we can also be deceptive/secretive, and are also considered to be a sign that does well with death/regeneration, whether that be actual death, or the death of relationships, jobs, or aspects of ourselves in order to make room for something new. My astrology book says that Scorpios have “a need for deep involvements and intense transformations” (what is death besides the ultimate transformation?), so maybe Miranda is a good example of that: being pulled into intense, sexual relationships that end up completely transforming her life and killing off the things that no longer provide the deep level of involvement that she feels she needs? Of course, there’s still no reason to cheat. Just break up with your current partner before you start a new relationship.

  11. Emily says:

    I can see how the NYC subway can be overwhelming to first time visitors. I grew up in Westchester County and moved to the city for a time so I used the subway on a daily basis. It really helps if you know basic NYC geography and know if certain sites are uptown/downtown from your location. There are certain stops I have gotten lost in during transfers and I can’t tell you how many times I got lost in Penn Station looking for the subway because of the poor signage. Once you’ve mastered NYC geography (and at this point it’s innate for me because I grew up taking Metronorth commuter train into the city and built up my knowledge of the city through my teenage years in the days before Iphones) the subway is a lot less scary.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I’m good with maps & navigating–aboveground. Without good signage, though, underground is tough. And that’s what I found with NYC. The one & only trip where I used the subway successfully twice was because: 1) I asked a transit cop how to get somewhere & he said I’m going there, follow me; and 2) I was on a train to somewhere which stopped, and everybody got off my car & onto an adjacent train, so I followed them, which worked out. I heard no announcement & might still be sitting on that stopped train if I hadn’t followed my instincts & the crowd to the other train.

      • Amelie says:

        Ah yes the classic train stalled in a station with no explanation whatsoever, lol I cannot tell you how many times this happened to me when I lived in NYC! Typically if there are several lines stopping at the same platform, people know which other train lines go to the stop they want so they will run to the adjacent train if that’s the case (but again this only applies if you really know the NYC subway system well which most New Yorkers do to an extent). For confused tourists I can’t imagine what they are thinking when they experience this!

  12. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Naw… definitely not part of the Gemini fam. 😂 My is husband is a Scorpio but he doesn’t act like one. Maybe he and I are crazy af and no one has broken the news to us yet…

    • Justwastingtime says:

      I am a Scorpio as is my little one, we have quite different personalities, neither of which fit the stereotype.. so silly

  13. Other Renee says:

    I grew up in Boston and several months ago I visited and took its public transportation after not having done so for decades. I was delighted at how easy it was. I remembered it like it was yesterday. It’s not that complicated. New York is a totally different situation. It’s huge and intimidating.

  14. tback says:

    She said she has ADD, which is interesting because people with ADD/ADHD are often impulsive, emotional, and have trouble making appropriate decisions. Explains a lot about Miranda’s behavior.

  15. Charfromdarock says:

    I found NYC subway completely overwhelming and confusing.

    • JanetDR says:

      The first few times we visited NYC we walked or took buses but after one very cold trip decided that we were going to figure it out. The hardest part for me is attending to what exit you want to leave the stop from, as you may find yourself heading in the wrong direction.
      People are always very helpful when you ask!

  16. Birdie says:

    It’s interesting to read between the lines tho. They are very different people in lifestyle, he seems like those energetic LETS WORK OUT AND DO STH people and she seems to be very chill and working out isn’t really her thing, but does it to do sth with him. She also doesn’t seem to like New York much and can only stand it for a few days. It‘s little things but you get what I mean.

  17. Christin says:

    I actually understand her comment about needing a quieter environment to recharge. The older I get, the more I seem to need that.

    As for her latest marriage, time will tell. They seem very opposite. I guess it will depend on how much they are willing to compromise – and how each of them view any potential cheating in the future.

  18. Veronica S says:

    Pfft, I have ADHD and did just fine with the subway system. It’s a matter of planning your trip ahead if you don’t know the area you’re headed. Hell, google maps will break it down step by step with the transit option. I travel for a living – trust me, NYC is fantastic compared to most cities in America where transit options are concerned. Don’t like the subway? Take the bus. Don’t like the bus? Take the train. Don’t like that? Cab or ride share. Environmentally conscious? Use the bike rentals. If you’re in Manhattan and able-bodied, you can pretty much walk anywhere in two hours. It’s built on a grid.

    No need to front, Miranda. Just admit you don’t earn millions to travel like the rabble lol.

    • DS9 says:

      I have ADHD, planned ahead, used Google maps, downloaded two other apps when I got confused, and I actually lived around and navigated NYC for years ages ago and still had trouble when I was there last month.

      I’m not sure why your experience negates hers or anyone else’s. Surely you can understand how ADHD might affect someone in a system that does take focus to understand?

  19. Marzipan says:

    I live in a ( relatively) big city in Germany, and we have a fantastic public transport system; I don’t even need a car. I use busses, trains and underground since I was a teenager and therefore I’m used to it. However, there are two huge stations in the city center with several floors, and every time I have to change trains there, I‘m confused where I am and where to go…😵 And when I was suffering from panic attacks on a daily basis, I got nuts whenever the train stopped for whatever reason…

  20. Ashley G says:

    They don’t have feet on the floor in NYC? I never pay attention to them because I know where I’m going but in Paris at St. Lazare for instance (hub) there are feet imprints leading the way. The feet are the color and have the number of the train. I imagine they’re helpful. But then I see signs like how to get from Boulainvilliers (RER) to La Muette and I just laugh because no one is going to be able to follow them and why are RATP so daft? Anyway the metro was the first public transport I ever used and it scared the life out of me. But you get used to it. I think for any system you have to at least try to learn the city. For instance I won’t ever get lost because I know if I’m at Bastille and I need Gare du Nord I need to go up so look for north (Bobigny). Just study a map beforehand. Nothing worse than trying to figure it out down there. And also download the RATP app 🤦🏻‍♀️ I don’t know about other cities but Paris refigured it so the app practically holds your hand the whole way. It’s ridiculous.

    • Amelie says:

      MTA (NYC’s transit authority so the equivalent of Paris’s RATP) has an app too, I’ve used it and it’s fine (MyMTA) but I’m so used to using Google Maps transit option so I often default to that. And no they don’t have sticker footprints on the floor in NYC subway stations. They just have signs that often vaguely point unhelpfully in the direction people must go to transfer to another line with just a “Brooklyn/Queens/Manhattan/Uptown/Downtown” direction (and not the last stop of that direction like they do in Paris). They don’t even have foldable maps which I believe they do offer in Paris metro stations if memory serves correctly. Sometimes there might be map posters in NYC subway stations but they are not in all of them. And sometimes on the platform they have digital screens that I believe have maps if you want to pull them up. They also have maps of the entire NYC subway system INSIDE the actual subways but even those are very confusing to look at because the network is SO cluttered. If you don’t have a basic understanding of the NYC subway they are often impossible to decipher and often people are sitting in front of them (since the maps are so helpfully positioned RIGHT behind seats where people sit).

  21. Liz version 700 says:

    “I don’t know how to navigate” is going to be her excuse the next time she accidentally lands on someone else’s husband…

  22. Meg says:

    So she’s admitting here husband is wrapped up in his looks?

  23. Jess says:

    I’ve never been to NYC but I have daydreams about going and plan to eventually, I get anxious about being lost on the subway and not knowing how to open doors! On tv seems like people are always buzzing into buildings and I’m afraid I’ll look stupid and so out of place trying to do that 😂

    I flew into San Francisco in August and took the BART to Berkeley where my family lives because they said traffic was horrible during the time I landed, so I figured f it I’ll navigate by myself. I did pretty good once I got in, but I had to ask strangers to help me scan my card, they were laughing at me but I was giggling at myself too so it was ok!

    • Annabel says:

      I’ve lived in NYC for most of my adult life and find the subway system frequently infuriating but extremely useful. I dislike traveling by car in NYC because the traffic’s so awful, so I can easily go months at a time without getting in a car here.

      I think we’re always just naturally a little freaked out by what’s unfamiliar. Whenever I’m in a car I find it really hard not to think about how many tens of thousands of people die in car accidents in the US every year. Whereas in the subway, I’m usually chilling out and reading a book.

      • dreamchild says:

        I grew up in Manhattan with parents who were native NYers and neither knew how to drive. My dad learned late in life caused he worked at JFK but my mom never learned. When I was young my mom was a SAHM but worked on Saturdays at Macy’s Herald Square in gift wrap. That meant my Dad had to keep me and my sister. He used to take us out and travel the city by subway. He taught us from a young age to read the maps and what to do if we got separated. He was so good at explaining those maps that before a few stations passed we would have a gang of people around us taking his map tutorial :). He had a million tips on riding the subway and safety. If you get separated getting off crowded trains, as a kid, stay where you are and the adult would come back to get you. Don’t ever ask randoms for directions, advice, etc., only folks who worked for the transit, however if in dire need of info and the person you ask for directions hesitates too long, they don’t really know the answer but don’t want to say so, so ask someone else. Also, ask a woman before a man because women admit to not knowing directions. I have really fond memories of riding the subway and even though I no longer live there, my Mom does and I visit often. To this day I can navigate any transit system anywhere in the world thanks to the confidence instilled by my Dad’s lessons.

      • Nancypants says:

        Dreamchild, Awww! That is such a cute story.
        I’ve traveled a large part of the world and have never been on a subway.
        I’ve hired cars and stuff but the subway would scare me.
        I might end-up in Maine or somewhere. 😉
        And that underwater train, chunnel thing…no way.

        My younger daughter LOVES NYC. She goes every chance she gets but she’s always had her dad and sometimes his brother with her.

        I’m not ADD but a bit of a germ freak and my family almost always comes home with some sickness and gives it to me, so, she tells me she’s going to lick the poll on the subway right before she comes home. She’s kind of mean.

        My daddy story: I was about 10 and my dad bundled me up in a blanket and took me out to see the Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights.

        Back then, you could sometimes see them as far south as Oklahoma and Northern Texas but it was rare and he told me all about them and I decided then I was going to live in Alaska some day and I did for several years and still go back to visit sometimes and I think everyone should visit Alaska. Maybe not in winter and that’s when you see the lights.
        -40 is colder than you think it is but it’s getting warmer up there.
        Pretty soon we’ll all have Polar Bears in the backyard.

        Anyhoo, thanks for the story!

        I like Miranda’s songs. I’m not sure I’d like her.

  24. Jb says:

    Loved NYC but hated the subway system as it was difficult to understand and we ended up getting on the wrong platforms plenty of times BUT NYC is such a wonderful place so I didn’t mind! Anyway it’ll be interesting what happens with this couple…I wonder who starts cheating on who first

  25. JM says:

    C’mon people. The subway is easy.

  26. StrawberryBlonde says:

    Hubby and I live in a mid-sized Canadian city with no subway. We went to NYC for our honeymoon in 2018. Loved it. We stayed in Harlem and took public transit – subway mostly but also buses ALL OVER. We were all the way up to the Bronx Zoo, down to Coney Island, down to the Financial District etc. Literally all over the place. We didn’t have a problem but we definitely used our Maps app and we are both very organized and detail oriented. Honestly LOVED taking the subway. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Many good memories just zooming around the city that way.

    I’ve navigated public transit in Germany, Scotland, Toronto, Boston and Montreal before though as well. And taken the VIA rail plenty of times within Ontario/Quebec.