Miranda Lambert and husband Brendan McLoughlin have an anniversary coming up — one the superstar didn't plan on. Talking for the first time about how they met, Lambert reveals she and the New York City police officer were set up in secret.

As reported previously, Lambert and McLoughlin did meet on the set of GMA in November 2018, but neither made the first move. Lambert tells the New York Times she was doing media for the release of the Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel album, released on Nov. 2, 2018. That's the day Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe spotted McLoughlin, who was doing security for the TV show.

"My girlfriends, the Annies, saw him and knew I might be ready to hang out with someone. They invited him to our show behind my back," Lambert tells the Times. "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.'"

Within a few months the couple were married, but they kept it a secret until just after Valentine's Day, when she shared a photo on Instagram.

"Now the Pistol Annies have three husbands, two ex-husbands, three children, a stepson and 23 animals. We’ve done a lot in nine years!" she says.

Lambert has a full week of press in support of her new solo album Wildcard, scheduled for release exactly 52 weeks later on Friday (Nov. 1). During the New York Times interview she shares that the album is more straight-down-the-middle Miranda Lambert in comparison to The Weight of These Wings, an album written and recorded after her marriage to Blake Shelton ended.

Later this month, Lambert will perform at the 2019 CMA Awards and resume her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour.

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