When it comes to celebrity love lives, Hollywood always keeps us on our toes. From Kim Kardashian’s split from Pete Davidson to Olivia Wilde’s unlikely connection with Harry Styles, there’s never a dull moment. One relationship the entertainment world really didn’t see coming back in 2015 might have been Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. After all, she’s a cool Cali-born “hollaback girl,” while he’s one of country music’s kings.
Per Billboard, the couple met while reviewing “The Voice” and leaned on each other for support (Stefani from Gavin Rossdale and Shelton from Miranda Lambert) during their respective divorces. In 2016, Shelton spoke about how much Stefani’s support meant to him during a difficult time. “When you’re heartbroken… you want people to sympathize with you. I was at rock bottom, in the middle of hell,” he told E! News. “Gwen saved my life. Who else on earth could understand divorcing another musician?”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the duo huddled together at Shelton’s ranch in Oklahoma, and Stefani told Entertainment Tonight the whole experience was “magical.” It must have been, because the “God’s Country” singer popped the question to his girlfriend in late 2020. Shelton and Stefani got married in July 2021 and have been living happily ever since. As unlikely as it sounds now, there was a time Stefani wondered if her romance with Shelton would last.
Gwen Stefani wasn’t sure if Blake Shelton would hug her three sons
Fans might not have been sure if Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are a match given their different worlds, but it looks like this is a classic case of opposites attract. At least according to Stefani, the real kicker was whether Shelton would accept her three children, who she shares with ex Gavin Rossdale. “I think Gwen thought when we first met that it was going to be just a moment because of that,” country singer Lon Helton told Country Countdown USA (via People).
Shelton had an unusual perspective, however, as his father married his mother when she already had a child. Seeing his father hug this little boy taught Shelton to do the same with Stefani’s brood as well. “That was the example my father set for me [children were] not even a thought [in a romantic partnership]. you have three boys Brilliant! My father did it. …I just wanted to sign up for this. And every day I fell in love with the boys as much as I did with Gwen,” he added.
Shelton has also been open about being a stepfather to Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo. “I don’t know if it’s that hard or harder or not so hard as being a real, biological parent, you know?” he asked KFROG’s The Ride With Kimo & Heather. “I have a stepfather in my life who is one of my heroes.”
Blake Shelton is prioritizing his role as a stepfather
Perhaps the most important part of Blake Shelton’s relationship with Gwen Stefani is his bond with their children. As for Shelton, “I can’t imagine my life without these kids now,” as he said of KFROG’s The Ride With Kimo & Heather. The same goes for Kingston, Zuma and Apollo, who feel “well adjusted” to their mother’s relationship with Shelton, according to In Touch. “They feel like they have two dads,” a source told the outlet in 2020. “No major issues so far.” Judging by Stefani’s Instagram page, which scrolls like a tribute to Shelton’s parenting skills, it’s clear that all three boys love their stepfather. Kingston, Zuma and Apollo think Shelton is their “stars, moon and world” to borrow a set from Stefani, from dressing in camouflage clothing to cuddling for kisses.
Aside from the sweet moments, the “Ol’ Red” singer is realizing there’s more to life than just the happy times, and he’s prioritizing his role as a stepfather. “It’s one thing for me to be with the kids all the time and to be their mate, but after a while you have to realize that they start to listen to things you say and with that comes a lot of responsibility . Shelton said 2020 about Today. He noted that for a period of time it was “awkward trying to figure out where my place is,” per People, but it all seems to have worked out fine in the end.