As an unwanted child herself, Miranda never wanted to be a mother

Miranda Lambert bio

Miranda Nicole Lambert was born June 6, 1966, in Oxford, Mississippi, to Ronald and Jessica Lambert. Ronald was a custodian at Ole Miss and managed to save one-third of his salary each month. Jessica worked in a typing pool.

The Lamberts did not plan to have children, so their only child, Miranda, came as a surprise.

Jessica quit her job when Miranda was born. Just after Miranda turned four, Jessica enrolled her in kindergarten by lying about her daughter's age.

Miranda worked hard to keep up with her studies, and she enjoyed school, but she had difficulty making friends. Her parents pushed Miranda to get involved with after-school activities to allow them to work longer hours.

In 1983, the day after her high school graduation, Miranda’s parents went on an extended vacation. Three weeks later, Miranda received a postcard explaining that her parents would not be returning and that the apartment was paid for through the end of July.

Miranda did not have college aspirations but immediately began applying to universities with housing. She was accepted to Miami University-Oxford, in Oxford, Ohio. She found it comforting to move from one Oxford to another.

She attended college for two years, pursuing a degree in nursing and living on student loans. The mounting debt was overwhelming.

Miranda wrote to several hospitals asking for work as a nurse’s assistant. When she received a reply from Yalobusha General Hospital, she dropped out of college and moved back to Oxford, Mississippi.

In 1993, she met Paul Byrns while she was at work and he was visiting a friend who was in acute care at the hospital. Paul was a junior in college and very much into the college party scene.

Miranda enjoyed this fast, fun lifestyle. Paul was smart and outgoing, and Miranda loved that she could party hard while Paul did all the socializing. She found that she liked the taste of alcohol and the feeling it gave her.

Paul and Miranda married in 1997. By then, he was a successful entrepreneur making big money, and he wanted her to quit her job. Despite the fact that the Byrnses did not want children, Miranda got pregnant.

During the pregnancy, Miranda had difficulty abstaining from alcohol. This, combined with not wanting a child, caused severe depression, and Miranda vacillated between increasingly dangerous alcohol consumption and complete abstinence.

In her eighth month, during a period of abstinence, Miranda fell down the stairs at their home and was hospitalized for the remainder of the pregnancy.

After Alyx was born in August of 2000, Miranda was convinced that Paul was seeing someone else, and her drinking escalated. She would sometimes drink until she lost consciousness.

Paul filed for divorce in 2002 and requested custody of Alyx. The divorce was final in 2003, and Paul was granted sole physical and legal custody. Miranda was ordered to undergo rehabilitation treatment and counseling before she could have any contact with her daughter.

Miranda was despondent. Drinking was the only way she could cope. Unable to comply with the court-ordered rehabilitation, Miranda disappeared from Alyx’s life.


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