By Melissa Maerz
Updated November 02, 2011 at 09:44 PM EDT
Credit: Miranda Lambert


When Kim Kardashian announced her divorce, it stirred up some feelings for country singer Miranda Lambert, who just married fellow Nashville star Blake Shelton in May.

“I just kind of feel sorry for her in a way,” Lambert tells “In another way, I don’t. Because you get what asked for. Living that kind of a lifestyle, you know that you’re gonna have backlash. I think that it’s stressful enough to get married for regular people, like Blake and I, and I can’t imagine all that pressure on her.”

Lambert added that it’s sad that the divorce has made headline news when “there are way bigger issues to deal with.” And maybe those “bigger issues” include her new album, For the Record? “If it wasn’t for her,” says Lambert, laughing, “I probably would have been on the cover of USA Today.”

Lambert recently talked with EW about her own commitment to Shelton, acknowledging that he was married when they first got together, and she shrugged at tabloid rumors that their early relationship may not have been totally faithful. “When we said those vows, I already forgave him,” she said. “If it’s true or not, I don’t care, and he feels the same for me.”

All that matters, she said, is the promise they made on their wedding day: “My parents have been married 33 years. My mama always said this for as long as I can remember, and I said it to Blake before we got married: ‘Divorce is not an option.’ Blake’s mom and dad have both been divorced a couple of times and remarried, and so it’s a whole different thought process on his part. But what I’ve brought to the relationship is, you don’t quit. And one fight does not equal this is over.”

For more on Lambert, including her obsession with Oxygen’s Snapped and her latest hobby, bow-hunting, check out the issue of EW that’s on stands this Friday.

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