Miranda Lambert on becoming a stepmother to a newborn: 'I'm loving that whole phase'

Miranda Lambert says her many years of dog ownership prepared her to become a stepmom earlier this year.

Lambert, 35, met now-husband Brendan McLoughlin in November 2018, just three days after he welcomed a baby with his ex-girlfriend. They wed in January, suddenly making Lambert a stepmother to a newborn.

"My stepson is amazing,” she told Extra this week. "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 full, so this is a whole new journey. It’s great."

McLoughlin, a New York City police officer, was reportedly engaged to a different woman earlier in 2018, before he met Lambert. The relationship ended when his expectant girlfriend contacted his fiancée to reveal she was seven months pregnant.

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Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin at the 2019 ACM Awards
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
US singer Miranda Lambert (L) and Brendan McLoughlin arrive for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: Miranda Lambert attends the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
US singer Miranda Lambert arrives for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Miranda Lambert arrives for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Miranda Lambert with Brendan McLoughlin (R), Morgane Stapleton and Chris Stapleton (C) and Dennis Quaid and Tanya Tucker (R) with attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: Miranda Lambert attends the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
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According to People, there was "overlap" between his relationship with his baby's mother and with Lambert, and he has "a history of cheating."

But it appears Lambert is taking the unorthodox situation in stride, telling Extra this week, "He’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.'"

The country star says the two split time between New York, where his son lives, and Nashville: "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."

Earlier in 2018, before meeting McLoughlin, Lambert dated singer Evan Felker, whose wife was reportedly blindsided by the relationship. She was previously married to Blake Shelton.

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Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin's wedding
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In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for.... me. ❤️ #theone
We couldn’t be more thrilled to see @mirandalambert in our “Canyon” wedding dress. Such a beautiful bride! 📸: @mirandalambert #lelarosebridal #lelabride #realwedding
@mirandalambert stunning in our “Canyon” wedding dress! 🙌👰💕 #lelarosebridal #lelabride #realwedding #mirandalambert 📸: @people
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