28-Year-Old NYPD Officer Retires 1 Year After Marrying Miranda Lambert
New York, NY – Country music star Miranda Lambert’s New York Police Department (NYPD) husband officially retired from the force in February.
“His current duty status is retired,” NYPD spokesperson Sergeant Jessica McRorie confirmed on Friday.
The couple celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in January.
Officer McLoughlin had been on leave from the NYPD since the summer of 2019, and had recently been spotted working security at meet-and-greet sessions during his wife’s shows, FOX News reported.
"Brendan was the security guard right before you go in to meet Miranda for her meet and greet," a fan at a Tulsa show told the news outlet. "Other members of the security team told fans, 'No photos with Brendan.'"
A friend of the couple said that the now-retired officer’s mother also served with the NYPD, and that he is happy with his recent career change.
“Brendan is beyond happy just living life right now," the friend told FOX News. "Brendan's mom was in the NYPD. Becoming a cop is just what he knew at the time. It was a family footstep."
Lambert, 36, made the bombshell announcement about her marriage to Officer McLoughlin in a social media post in February of 2019.
“In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news,” Lambert wrote at the time. “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.”
Lambert’s news shocked her fans, who had no idea that Lambert was even in a relationship, let alone that she had married an NYPD officer.
Officer McLoughlin, who generally patrolled Times Square on foot prior to his nuptials, was hounded by the media after news of his marriage broke, TMZ reported.
“It would be hard to do his job with photographers and reporters hounding him,” one source told the New York Post.
Fans seeking autographs were also an issue, the source added.
As a result, Officer McLoughlin was reassigned as a driver for higher-ranking members of the NYPD Midtown South Precinct.
He took an extended leave from the department that July, People reported.
His request for leave came about two months before Lambert kicked off her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour, and there was speculation that the officer would be joining his new bride on the road.
The couple recently purchased a $2 million home in Manhattan to make it easier for them to come and go from the city, according to InTouch.
Lambert said spending so much time in the Big Apple “does drain your energy” but the pair has no plan to give up their jet-setting anytime in the future.
Officer McLoughlin’s one-year-old son from a previous relationship still lives in New York and they want to spend time with him, according to People.
“We have the best of both worlds,” Lambert said. “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.”
Lambert was previously married to country music star Blake Shelton, but their four-year marriage ended in divorce in 2015, Entertainment Tonight reported.
After dating Turnpike Troubadours’ singer Evan Felker for six months, Lambert announced in August of 2018 that she was “happily single,” The Tennessean reported.
“Love is a hard road sometimes and it’s been a roller-coaster ride for me, but I’m definitely thankful for all the ups and downs because I’ve had some really good songs come out of it,” she said at the time. “You’ve got to take the bad parts and put them on paper and then move on to the happy parts.”
Prior to his law enforcement career, Officer McLoughlin worked as a male model.
The couple met at ABC’s Midtown studios on Nov. 2, 2018, after the two-time Grammy winner performed on “Good Morning America,” with her Pistol Annies bandmates, according to the New York Post.
Officer McLoughlin was working a security detail outside the building that day.
“My girlfriends, the Annies, saw him and knew I might be ready to hang out with someone,” Lambert told The New York Times late last year. “They invited him to our show behind my back. They plucked him for me. My security guy Tom, he was in on it too. He said to me, ‘He’s here. And he’s pretty.’”