After weeks of speculation, a reliable source claims that The Voice judges Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are now officially a couple.
The news came from a representative of Shelton’s, who revealed that the two stars had been dating for a couple of months.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 5, 2015
The confirmation came after Stefani, 46, divorced her husband of 13 years, Gavin Rossdale, in August, just a few weeks after Shelton divorced spouse Miranda Lambert to end their four-year marriage.
In a statement that the former ’90s power couple released, Stefani and Rossdale said they have mutually agreed that they cannot continue as partners in marriage. However, the two lead vocalists said that they would remain “partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment.”
Shelton and Lambert have long been considered the king and queen of the country music scene since they were married in 2011. While the dating news may not be too surprising to fans that have been following the two Voice judges, a close friend of Shelton’s reportedly cannot believe it. “I need to see where Blake has stated that,” singer Luke Bryan said in an interview while on the red carpet at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night.
“It can’t be true, because there’s no way Blake could ever score a girl like that,” he added.
Ever since the No Doubt vocalist joined the NBC reality show last year, there have reportedly been subtle indications of interest, and eventually affection, between the two artists.
One incident allegedly involved Shelton showing his dance moves in front of Gwen’s seat, to which she commented that the gesture was “sweet.”
During Stefani’s birthday celebration on The Voice, Shelton’s message for her was full of meaning when he said “so glad you’re in my life now.”
However, while there are many people who are happy for the new celebrity couple, there are also some who may be worried.
According to a report, The Voice bosses are “worried sick” that the two celebrity judges and mentors are involved in a “serious relationship.”
— Maria Vultaggio (@mariamzzarella) November 6, 2015
A production insider said in a report that, while this week’s show could have record-breaking ratings due to the revelation, one problem in the relationship could cost the network the show.
“Everyone will tune in, which is exactly what they all want right now,” the insider said. “But if something goes wrong with them then the show is screwed…,” he added. The insider also said that fans both love Shelton and Stefani, and nobody would want to see either one of them go. Because of this, the source said that the bosses would have to sit down and talk with the new couple about the matter.
In the meantime, Shelton’s ex-wife Lambert, 31, received her award at the CMA, once again as female vocalist of the year, her sixth in a row. However, the country singer was not able to hold back some touching words upon receiving her award. “Man, I really appreciate it. I needed a bright spot this year, so thank you. I love country music fans,” she said on stage.
Lambert had heard the news earlier that day that her ex-husband and Stefani are dating, and she also reportedly needed to share the hotel room with Shelton.
However, an insider close to Lambert said that she was not surprised when she heard about Blake and Gwen.
The two The Voice judges have been flirty on the show, especially when Shelton and Lambert’s marriage was on the rocks.
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