Before she was a Grammy-winning country star, Kacey Musgraves was an aspiring singer-songwriter in Nashville. The "Slow Burn" singer worked odd jobs, one of which was a gig performing at childrens' birthday parties. But as Musgraves tells Rolling Stone, she once received an unusual request to show up at a birthday party for a grown man while dressed as a French maid. Though she didn't know it at the time, the man in question was country music superstar and The Voice coach Blake Shelton.
Musgraves explained she had no interest in the gig, showing the independence she'd later write about in "Follow Your Arrow" and "Good Ol' Boys Club."
"Actually, I found out later it was Blake Shelton," Musgraves told Rolling Stone. "But the guy was like, 'Yeah, there's a birthday party at the Palm restaurant and it's a famous person, and they need a French maid to deliver balloons and sit on the birthday boy's lap.' I was like, 'Yeah, no. I'm not doing that.'"
Musgraves also opened up about her divorce from fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly, who she split from in 2020.
The Texas native told the magazine that her marriage to Kelly "just simply didn't work out."
"It's nothing more than that," Musgraves said. "It's two people who love each other so much, but for so many reasons, it just didn't work. I mean, seasons change. Our season changed."
Musgraves revealed that she's currently working on a new album, set for release this year, with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the team behind her 2018 album Golden Hour.
The new album comes after a period of reflection for the Pageant Material singer.
"I'm someone who deals with anxiety by making sure I stay busy and moving," Musgraves said. "And I haven't had that luxury this year. So I've been forced to sit with my sadness, sit with my anxiety, sit with my anger, sit with all the things that you normally can outrun...I think that's kind of a beautiful thing."