As fans may very well know, Blake Shelton’s love life has made headlines. The country performer’s romance with pop star Gwen Stefani, in particular, has garnered more than its fair share of column inches; it’s also led to Shelton becoming somewhat of a father figure to Stefani’s three sons. But just how does Shelton feel about the boys? Well, he’s finally opened up about that – and what he revealed is truly eye-opening.
Way before Shelton ever met Stefani, though, he was an aspiring singer. And to fulfil his dream of a life in music, he packed his bags and made the move from Oklahoma to Nashville at just 17 years old. That, of course, turned out to be a canny decision, given his career trajectory since.
And, admirably, it didn’t take Shelton long to hit the ground running. While in Nashville, he proved his songwriting chops by penning tracks for other artists – a talent he would hone before his big break. Then, in 2001, it was finally time for Shelton to stand on his own two feet after inking a solo deal with the label Giant Records.
Success wasn’t far behind, either, as his debut single “Austin” would top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for five weeks. That quickly established the twangy trailblazer as one to watch; his self-titled first album, released in 2001, further cemented his potential.
What’s more, Shelton proved in subsequent years that he was no mere flash in the pan. Among his slew of albums, for instance, are the multi-platinum Red River Blue and the similarly successful Based on a True Story… And with 2017 release Texoma Shore, the singer-songwriter scored his 11th consecutive Billboard Top Country Albums Chart hit.
Aside from his musical output, however, Shelton is best known for his judging contributions on The Voice. And, as it happens, he began getting extra close to one of his fellow judges while he was going through his divorce from Miranda Lambert.
Of course, that co-star was none other than the super-talented Gwen Stefani. The two vocalists bonded while they were both going through heartache in their personal lives; Stefani was also coming out of a long-term marriage to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.
Indeed, after hearing Shelton’s honesty regarding his own relationship breakdown, Stefani instantly felt a connection with the “Doin’ What She Likes” singer. She told Harper’s Bazaar in 2016, “It was like being handed this gift of a friend who was going through the exact same thing at the exact same time.”
However, it soon became apparent that Shelton was more than a friend to Stefani. Indeed, mere months after the country star’s divorce was finalized, Shelton and his fellow judge announced that they were now an item. And ever since then, the pair’s relationship has seemingly been a happy one.
Shelton and Stefani have even since collaborated together on the country musician’s 2016 track “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.” That song, Shelton has revealed, is about the couple’s insecurities around the time that they decided to get together. The pair both had to deal with their ends of their respective marriages, after all.
And while Stefani is no longer married, she does still have three children with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale: Kingston, Zuma and Apollo. But how has Shelton taken to the boys? Well, the star himself has now chosen to be very candid about the situation…
In particular, Shelton talked about his relationship with Stefani’s sons to People magazine in November 2017. In that interview, he revealed, “For a long time, it was awkward trying to figure out what my place is – and in their [minds], too.” And that’s perhaps not surprising; after all, the boys do still have a father.
Shelton continued, however, “The best part for me, selfishly, is discovering a part of myself that I guess I never really knew was in there. It’s definitely an instinct that kind of kicks in.” It seems, then, as if the musician realized that he had a paternal side that was ignited by Stefani’s sons.
However, just like other parents, Shelton also knows how tiring living with three lively children can be. He went on in the interview, “There’s no shortage of energy with the three boys running around at home. And there’s days where you go, ‘Oh my God, when does school start?’”
Nevertheless, Shelton conceded, he looks forward to Stefani’s sons bouncing back into the house again. “An hour later, you’re going, ‘God, I can’t wait ’til they get home,’” he told People. Perhaps, then, he’s cut out for the demands of being a parent after all.
Indeed, Shelton has insisted that, despite being new to fatherhood, he’s definitely enjoying it. He added to People, “[The boys are] so damn funny. It’s just my first time being around it, and it’s easy to fall in love with those kids. They’re pretty special.”
That interview, meanwhile, came hot off the heels of Shelton being named People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2017 – something that Stefani wholeheartedly agrees with. She told that same publication, “He’s perfect for it. Somebody that is funny and has a sense of humor is sexy – that’s the number one thing.”
Stefani added to the magazine that her boyfriend is “somebody that is at the top of their game and talented and genuine and cool and generous and just not self-aware at all – completely a man.” It seems, then, like the attraction wasn’t just skin deep.
Indeed, the singer gushed in the same interview, “It’s interesting, because I don’t think any of those things like ‘beauty’ or ‘sexy,’ or whatever way you want to describe humans, is necessarily a physical thing that people are attracted to. It’s all about the heart, and he has that big ol’ gigantic heart in there, so he’s quite an attractive human. I’m not the only one that thinks it!”
Since Shelton’s crowning, meanwhile, he’s collaborated with Stefani once again on her 2017 release You Make It Feel Like Christmas. Shelton features on the title track, which the couple performed together in December 2017 during a festive TV special.
Perhaps the country star put his relationship most in context, though, in a 2016 interview with Billboard. There, he revealed, “Gwen saved my life. Who else on Earth could understand going through a high-profile divorce from another musician? You can’t even imagine the similarities in our divorces.” Clearly, then, the two are well suited.