Blake Shelton is reportedly ready to leave The Voice, and his decision to walk away from the show has nothing to do with Gwen Stefani.
Some Shefani fans were disappointed that Gwen Stefani wasn't invited back for Season 11 of NBC's reality singing competition, and there's no doubt that Blake Shelton will also miss getting to spend time with his girlfriend on the set of the show.
However, the "Came Here to Forget" singer isn't leaving after next season because he's angry with the producers for bringing new coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys on board instead of inviting Gwen back -- Blake feels no ill will toward The Voice or anyone involved with the show. In fact, the reality series will always hold a special place in his heart because it's how he met Gwen Stefani. However, Blake Shelton is allegedly ready to get back to making music full-time, and he feels that there are other talented musicians out there who deserve the opportunity to occupy his rotating red chair.
"Blake is mulling over the possibility of quitting the show after this next season," a source told Radar Online.
"He is saying that he loves The Voice because it brought him to Gwen, but that he ultimately wants to focus more on his career and give other artists the opportunity that he has had."
In other words, Blake is being a nice guy by stepping aside and giving someone else a turn on the show.
@NBCTheVoice!!! @adamlevine @Pharrell @blakeshelton gx pic.twitter.com/KaQdigBRwa
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) December 8, 2015
Before Blake Shelton fans get too sad about the prospect of the country singer not returning for Season 12 of The Voice, it's important to point out that Radar Online's insider info about the show has been wrong before. Just last week, Gossip Cop debunked Radar's report that Gwen Stefani had a meltdown when she wasn't asked to be a Season 11 coach. Gwen will be busy touring while Season 11 is filming, so it would be difficult for her to do the show, anyway.
Even though Blake Shelton will likely miss Gwen, he's looking forward to working with at least one of the show's two new coaches. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Blake said that he's known Miley Cyrus for years and that they get along despite their differences. Blake loves hunting and Miley is vegan, but the singers respect one another and consider each other friends.
"I can't imagine us ever having a problem," Blake said. "We completely understand each other, and just because she lives her life one way and I live my life one way doesn't mean we're not friends."
Just setting here in a tree thinking about the fact that I've gone Hollywood... pic.twitter.com/2Lmksr7tr9
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 12, 2015
Blake Shelton's girlfriend also comes from a totally different world, but it's obvious that Blake Shelton sees nothing wrong with a cowboy dating a Cali girl. In fact, by taking a risk and asking Gwen Stefani to write a song with him, Blake possibly produced one of the best songs of his career.
"I hesitate to brag on it too much but I really think that it's as good of a song as I've ever written in my life," Blake told Entertainment Tonight of his duet with Gwen, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart."
Gwen and Blake will perform "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" together live during tonight's episode of The Voice, but Shefani fans don't have to wait to hear it. As Hollywood Life reports, the duet is already available on iTunes. It's featured on Blake's upcoming album, If I'm Honest.
SURPRISE! Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton dropped their lovey-dovey duet early: https://t.co/1yaseMrjpR pic.twitter.com/rNhnZQnQjG
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) May 9, 2016
According to the Boot, Blake Shelton can't wait for his fans to hear all the songs on the album, which drops on May 20.
"This is the most excited I've been about a new album since the release of my second record," Blake said.
These words may be a sign that Blake Shelton really is ready to leave The Voice to focus on his first love. It sounds like Blake was thrilled to get back in the studio, and he went on a songwriting spree after he started working on If I'm Honest. During a December interview with Country Countdown USA, Blake revealed that he wrote more than he'd written in 15 years.
"If I got hit by a truck, the label would have enough for a new album," Blake joked.
Blake also said that all he could think about was the release of the first single from If I'm Honest, "Came Here to Forget."
"It's driving me nuts to not be already into that project because it's all I'm thinking about," Blake revealed.
Do you think Blake Shelton has caught the songwriting bug and is itching to ditch The Voice to produce more music?
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