How Blake Shelton “Changed” Gwen Stefani’s Life After “Terrible” 2015 Divorce: “It Was An Amazing Gift”

“When I [started dating] Blake, that’s when I felt home,” Stefani admitted during a recent interview.

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Posted on September 27, 2023

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Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Photos Courtesy of Instagram

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani began dating in late 2015 after meeting on the set of The Voice, where they were both serving as coaches, in 2014. Initially just coworkers, they ended up connecting on a romantic level while bonding over their 2015 divorces, Shelton from Miranda Lambert and Stefani from Gavin Rossdale.

Stefani admits Shelton “Changed My Life”

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Stefani reflected on the beginning of their relationship, revealing that the country star “changed my life.”

“When I [started dating] Blake, that’s when I felt home,” she said. “Like, ‘Oh, this is where I’m supposed to be, with this guy.”

The No Doubt singer added that she “didn’t see any of this coming with Blake.” “This was just a big old ‘What?’” she continued. “It was an amazing gift to experience love like that for the first time.”

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani; Photo Courtesy of CBS
Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani; Photo Courtesy of CBS

“Unlikely Situation”

In 2016, Stefani told Howard Stern that her relationship with Shelton “was the most unlikely situation to ever happen,” recalling that when Shelton told The Voice team about his split from Lambert, she “went white.”

“I was in shock, because I felt like he was exposing me [and] I just couldn’t even wrap my head around it,” she said. “I didn’t want anyone to know what was going on with me… had this huge weight on me and nobody but my parents and obviously everybody involved knew.”

She began to open up to the country singer about her own situation and the two started talking. “It was just unbelievable that God would put us in the position to have each other at that moment, in the exact same moment,” Stefani said, adding that “it was an incredible gift to be able to have a friend” and that  she “wasn’t trying to start a relationship” but that it just happened.

The Pair Got Married In July of 2021

Shelton and Stefani married in 2021 and now spend much of their time at their home in Shelton’s home state of Oklahoma.

“I am not really a dirt person, a bug person, I don’t like that much humidity,” Stefani joked to PEOPLE. “But it’s so beautiful [in Oklahoma], and you kind of feel like you’re going into this vortex. Nature — and God — is all right there.”

The singer added that she’s now doing many of the same things she once saw her parents enjoy.

“When I was young, I’d walk home from school and see my mom in her shorts doing her gardening, and my dad would be cutting the trees and make me pick up the branches. I’d be like, ‘I’m never having a tree at my house,’” she recalled.

Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy of The Voice/NBC
Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy of The Voice/NBC

Now, Stefani is a self-described “garden flower nerd” who “just had the most incredible dahlias ever.”

“When we get to Oklahoma, we’re constantly working — and it’s a different kind of work,” she explained. “It’s probably what my mom was doing back in the day, and now I get it!”

Shelton Is A Stepdad To Stefani’s Three Sons

Stefani is mom to three sons, Kingston, 17, Zuma, 15, and Apollo, 9, who she shares with Rossdale, and is happy to be able to parent them in a present way.

“I took Kingston on a world tour [when he was 9 months old]. I would have to nurse him, then get onstage, come off, and he would twirl my ponytail,” she recalled. “That’s when things got really hard for me emotionally. That time is so precious, and you don’t want to miss anything.”

Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Kingston, Zuma, Apollo; Photo Courtesy of @imagerybyoscar/HCC
Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Kingston, Zuma, Apollo; Photo Courtesy of @imagerybyoscar/HCC

“When my kids were teenagers, I really wanted to make sure that I was home for them — and here we are,” she added.

Shelton left The Voice after the end of its most recent season, but Stefani is back in her coaching chair this fall.

“I was really weirded out like, ‘What’s it going to be like without Blake?’ But we are having so much fun,” she said of returning to the gig. “At the end of the day, coaching these humans who are so gifted … I love it.”

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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