Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton were one of music’s most unexpected couples, but the past four years have been nothing but love and happiness for the two stars and The Voice coaches, and now Stefani is opening up about her life with Shelton.
As the November issue cover star for Shape, the 50-year-old singer got candid about the past four years and moving on from her very public split from ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.
“I feel as if I spent the last four years healing, you know, trying to build my life again,” she revealed. “Having a best friend like Blake to help me do that has been one of the greatest gifts.”
She also revealed that her favorite part about her time with Shelton is the simplicity of it all from playing tennis together to visiting his ranch in Oklahoma. “Spending time in the middle of America [on Blake’s ranch] — that’s something I didn’t expect,” she explained. “The way we live at the ranch is really simple. There are watermelons that Blake planted and all my wild flowers.”
She added, “It’s a nice contrast to L.A., although I do keep 20 chickens in the backyard here at home too.”
Of course, she isn’t the only in her relationship with Shelton, she also has her three sons Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo, and also has to balance her Las Vegas residency and rejoining The Voice at the last minute after Adam Levine unexpectedly quit ahead of season 17. “Balance is the hardest thing, but it’s also the most important — being with my family, having time with Blake where we just watch movies,” Stefani explained. “It seems like, with your career, you have to keep swimming, keep moving, or else you’re going to look back and go, ‘Shoot, it’s over.’ I don’t like feeling like that. I want to do creative things when I want, and I want to stop chasing all the time. It’s hard, but I’m really enjoying being in the moment.”
Of course, it was recently announced that Stefani would not be returning to The Voice for season 18 in the spring 2020 season, and instead Nick Jonas will be taking a coaching chair alongside Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend.