Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton Carve Initials Into A Tree, Release ‘Go Ahead And Break My Heart’ Early

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s fans probably weren’t expecting to hear their intensely emotional new duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” until they performed it tonight on The Voice. However, in a move that even surprised Blake, the song was released this morning.

Gwen Stefani chose the perfect picture to promote “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” but no hearts were broken in the making of the sweet, intimate snapshot. However, a tree did have to suffer a tiny bit. As you can see, Gwen and Blake decided to commemorate their love by carving their initials into a large oak tree. A grinning Gwen took a selfie in front of the romantic artwork while Blake tenderly kissed her on the forehead.

The photo above was likely taken when Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton spent Spring Break together at the end of March. The Inquisitr previously shared other pictures from their week-long stay at Blake’s secluded home in Oklahoma, and Gwen is sporting the same half-blonde, half-black hairstyle in them.

As soon as Gwen Stefani became aware that “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” had been released on iTunes, she used social media to celebrate the song’s success by retweeting fans’ screenshots of the song’s position on the iTunes charts. Gwen also tweeted that her duet with Blake Shelton is “the craziest thing that’s ever happened” to her.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Blake wasn’t quite as prepared to go on a social media promotion spree—he tweeted his shock that “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” was already on iTunes and quickly climbing up the charts. However, Blake loves to joke around with his Twitter followers, so it’s possible that he was just feigning his surprise that the duet had already dropped.

“It’s out?!!! Yay!!!” Blake wrote in response to fan’s tweet about the song’s lyrics.

“Go Ahead and Break My Heart” is about the beginning of Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s relationship, which was confirmed last November. Both singers were going through divorces at the time, and they were seemingly reluctant to fall in love too fast. A few of Gwen’s lyrics suggest that she initially saw what she and Blake had as nothing more than a rebound fling.

“I never ever meant to get so into you/Thought I was using you just to get me through,” she croons. “You know I’m broken I don’t trust anyone/Last thing I needed was to fall in love.”

Blake’s lyrics also paint Gwen as the more hesitant half of their relationship.

“The sun is setting on your last good try/Here I am again with half a goodbye,” he sings. “Wonder if you’re really gone this time.”

You can listen to “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” below.

Giving in to her emotions and letting go of all that initial fear and uncertainty eventually paid off for Gwen Stefani. During an interview with Refinery 29, the “Make Me Like You” singer revealed that Blake Shelton “saved” her from the feeling of hopelessness that she was struggling with after her marriage fell apart. Now Gwen truly believes that she and Blake are meant to be, and she’s even suggested that a higher power had a role in bringing her and Blake together.

“It was a really super-unexpected gift to find a friend, somebody who happened to be going through the exact same thing as me, literally mirroring my experience,” Gwen said. “I don’t think it’s an accident that that happened. It saved me.”

Blake Shelton’s duet with Gwen Stefani will be featured on his upcoming album, If I’m Honest, which will be released on May 20. Gwen and Blake will perform the song live tonight on The Voice, so be sure to tune in to NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

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