At Lambert’s July 18 performance at the Cheyenne Frontier Days festival in Wyoming, the singer stopped mid-performance during her sentimental ballad, “The House That Built Me”. Lambert was fighting back tears as she struggled to get through the song.
“The last thing someone wants to do is cry in front of 19,000 people,” she said in a shaky voice before asking the audience for help to get through the end of the song.
The track, originally written by Shelton, was recorded by Lambert after she was moved to tears when her then-fiancee first played it for her. Shelton urged her to record the track herself, telling her: “If you have this strong of a reaction to a song, you need to record it.”
The deeply personal song obviously touched a nerve during an already difficult and emotional time for Lambert.
“It really was upsetting,” a concertgoer told People Magazine. “The song is so powerful to begin with. [The crowd] just thought the song was super touching.”
According to People, Lambert also took to the stage that night without her wedding ring, which was a clear signal things were stirring between the country power couple.
Shelton and Lambert announced their divorce with a joint statement, saying: “This is not the future we envisioned, and it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”