The First Couple Of Country Go Down In Flames
July 24, 2015
There isn't much to say that hasn't been screamed this week on the Shelton/Lambert divorce. It was a huge story for the entertainment pages of newspapers, the Internet and television. They were the Ken and Barbie of Country and the fans loved them as a couple. They will be missed around award-show time. Miranda will be winning more awards this Fall, so this book is hardly finished. Just that chapter in their books.
How fast and efficient was all that? Never heard of a multi-million dollar divorce start and end that fast. And everyone involved kept their mouths shut. In 2015 that is amazing.
What we did see this week is an issue every business and every celebrity has to deal with and try to manage. Social media reaction to something you are doing or have done. The traditional new media (ET, TMZ, Access Hollywood) all got major leaks from someone in the Shelton/Lambert world. TMZ first, then not as reliable others. TMZ lost their mojo insider early and went off the story quickly when no one would talk. Others simply made up stories like Hollywood Life.
People had someone on the inside but they have to control their tabloid tendencies since they are so involved with deals and access. They didn't want to piss anyone off. People is the Pravda of Country music and Hollywood. They generally have the PR or management feeding them the info. Relationships get touchy at times like death and divorce.
Very sad story ultimately ... found that comment from many who have covered them and like one or the other or both.
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