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Miranda Lambert Reveals Homeless, Bankrupt Childhood

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She's up for nine prizes at the Country Music Association Awards next week. She's walked countless red carpets in designer frocks and "beachball-killer" stilettos. And, of course, there's that stunning diamond sparkling on her left ring finger.

Looking at her today, it's hard to believe it--but Miranda Lambert was once homeless.

The 27-year-old country sensation revealed Wednesday on an ABC TV special that she spent part of her childhood bankrupt and without a base.

"It sounds weird to say it now because we're so blessed," she admits.

"I had a great childhood," she explained to ABC's Robin Roberts. "My family is awesome." However, she also noted that her younger life was "crazy" and that her parents, both self-employed private investigators, failed to shelter her from the harsher realities of their careers.

In addition to openly discussing cases--many involving acrimonious divorce and child custody issues--in front of their young daughter, one more of these realities was not always being able to pay the bills. After Lambert's parents' business slowed, they found themselves falling behind on house payments.

"The next thing you know," Lambert related, "the banker's coming, saying, 'I need the keys.'"

The Lamberts lived with relatives for a few months, then moved into a Texas house in which they bartered home renovation services in exchange for rent. The house had no heat and "some of the windows were boarded up," Lambert remembers.

However, her family worked diligently to improve the house, and it's now the place she holds in her heart when singing the award-nominated single "The House That Built Me."

Like many people who've weathered similar challenges, Lambert's childhood struggles contributed to her intense career drive, as well as the firey persona she displays in many of her hit songs.

Still, as she told Roberts, "I feel like I've started to grow up and be more of a woman instead of this crazy girl."

And that's definitely not all talk--she's engaged to marry and settle down with fellow country artist Blake Shelton in the spring of 2011. Quite the modern-day Cinderella story, no?

Be sure to tune in to the CMA Awards on ABC November 10 to see if Miranda can sweep the show! Are you rooting for this self-made Texas gal? Let me know your thoughts.

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