Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton appeared on The Voice this week for their debut as a confirmed couple. Although rumors had been brewing for awhile, at last came the confirmations that the dueling coaches on the reality singing competition were a dating duo.
As viewers eagerly watched for signs of a romance between Stefani and Shelton on the show that went beyond flirty fun, Adam Levine decided it was time for him to add his own inimitable touch on their status, reported Today.
Although Levine could have taken the opportunity to point out that The Voice took home an Emmy just a few months ago as the best reality competition or touted his team, Adam made it clear that he thought it would be much more entertaining to give his own spin on the fact that Stefani and Shelton moved on from their divorces (which separately took place within a short period) and found each other.
The TV audience only saw what went on in front of the cameras, and some may have been disappointed that no sights of canoodling behind those famous Voice chairs was taking place. However, they did get to see what seemed to be some favoritism from the country crooner for his reputed new romance, as well as boos for Adam.
“Team Gwen is whippin’ the crap out of Team Adam [Levine] tonight,” praised Shelton. “It makes me so happy.”
Stefani responded with a pretty blush and giggle.
Feeling sorry for Adam? Levine stepped up to take on Sheltani, which is what Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford dubbed the couple. Levine made fun of the mini romance, mocking them as much as possible.
Adam even has company in his plan to tease the hot new couple. The show’s host, Carson Daly, is right there with him to give Sheltani a tough time, reported Hollywood Life.
As soon as they knew about the new romance, Levine and Carson began plotting their fun. A source told Hollywood Life that the mocking doesn’t just take place when the cameras are turned off. Adam and Daly have their jokes ready to roll for the live shows, and have the country singer chosen as their target, the insider told Hollywood Life.
However, to try to avoid making it too obvious, the two coaches have resolved to skip the public displays of affection in front of the cameras, and that may help prevent Levine from having too much fun at their expense.
“They want to not engage in PDA on set, they want to respect the show and the contestants, they don’t want to make it about them,” the insider told Hollywood Life.
Has all of this ruined the bromance between Adam and the country crooner? Levine and Shelton had become famed for their friendship, but it seems to have gradually been eroding, reported E News.
Adam has increasingly been mocking his former bromance partner, poking fun at the way that he attempts to make a connection with contestants.
” ‘I’m from a place’ and they’re like, ‘Well, I’m from a place’ and, like, ‘Okay!’ Dumbest thing ever! Can’t you be from different places and, like, do stuff? It’s so stupid. It’s a dumb, stupid thing,” stormed Levine on one episode. “You bother me.”
While The Voice used to feature Adam and the bromance, what happens now that Levine appears to have turned on his former buddy? Producers of the Emmy-award winning reality competition show seem to have decided that Sheltani is a great replacement, reported Radar Online.
The production managements wants more romance in front of the cameras, and may even change the famous chairs to put the duo together, insiders revealed to Radar.
“Production is discussing whether or not they should now move their seats on the judging row so that they sit next to each other,” the insiders shared with Radar. “The executives are even hinting to them that, when it gets to battle round, they should play it up for the cameras so that they purposely steal each other’s eliminated contestants.”
And if they break up? There’s a strategy for that already in place, according to Radar‘s sources.
But although it might seem as if life has moved on smoothly since her divorce to Gavin Rossdale, Stefani still isn’t over what she calls the unexpected shock of their split, reported Us Weekly.
Married for 13 years, she and Gavin started to separate for a long time prior to their public announcement. Splitting from Rossdale was something she never imagined early in their relationship, admitted the pop singer.
“Everybody knows that my life blew up last February. I’d just been dealing with that. Unexpected. I was going along thinking that was going to be the rest of my life and it’s not. I don’t know what happened,” she added.
But now she feels that she’s gradually able to continue her life, with the final elements of the divorce determined in August and a new tune whose title seems to sum up her relationship with Gavin: “Used to Love You.”
Rossdale and the pop star have three little boys. Kingston is 9, Zuma is 7, and Apollo is just 20 months. So, their mom is learning to balance life as a single mother with her love for creating music.
“I’ve always wanted to write music so desperately because doing it is one thing that really validates me for myself,” she reflected. “Being able to songwrite and look back at those treasures of music is just everything to me. But there’s been a lot of insecurity about it, and times where it doesn’t work.”
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