Country singer Blake Shelton and former No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani came out in public as a couple last year. Now, they are taking their relationship to another level by singing beautiful music together with the duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”
It seemed apropos that the duet made its debut on The Voice, where the two served as mentor/coach and the tenderness by which they sang the lyrics in leak audio gave fans a peek into what they are really feeling for each other.
But mostly, they feel nervous about how the world will receive the song.
“We’re a little bit nervous about it, but nervous in a way that we can’t wait and nervous in a way that we hope people think it’s as good as we think it is,” Miranda Lambert’s ex told People. “It’s like people getting a look at something personal for the first time.”
Part of the lyrics states, “I never ever meant to get so into you/Thought I was using you just to get me through/You know I’m broken I don’t trust anyone/Last thing I needed was to fall in love,” which are clearly references to their exes.
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani divorced their spouses, Miranda Lambert and Gavin Rossdale, respectively, and their split announcements were made just days away from each other. Later on, the rumors surfaced about the two flirting on the set of The Voice, but it wasn’t until Halloween of last year when they appeared to get cozy while attending a party together.
The divorce between Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton was amicable, but Gwen Stefani’s split from the former Bush frontman didn’t go as smoothly. Lawyers had to be brought in so they could discuss the settlement, the outcome of which was not released to the public.
Gwen Stefani also posted on Twitter a photo of her while Blake Shelton kisses her forehead. In the background is a tree with their initials “B+G” carved on its trunk.
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) May 9, 2016
If anything else, the upbeat “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” is catchy and sweet, and the arrangement gives each of them time to shine. Plus, it’s the perfect crossover of country and pop…just like their relationship,” said Hollywood Life.
The chorus of “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” seems to hint at their past heartbreaks with their former spouses.
“You can’t tell me that we’ll still be friends/And maybe someday we can try again/If you really need a brand new start/Why don’t you go ahead and break my heart,” they sing.
— ExtraTV (@extratv) May 10, 2016
Blake Shelton explained to People that he penned the song together with Gwen Stefani so they could address the “serious insecurities” they had when they first decided to date, not least of which are their respective fears of being hurt again.
“We both had trust issues. We were getting over it, but we wrote this song about it, and it’s perfect,” he added.
For her part, Gwen Stefani told E! News that she was so grateful she had found her second chance in Blake Shelton.
“I am excited because I never in my wildest dreams thought I would write a song with that guy,” she said. “He’s so talented. He’s an amazing writer. Every time I collaborate with anyone I feel like it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Whenever I collaborate, it lifts me.”
Blake Shelton also called “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” one of his favorite songs ever because of its honesty. The country singer said that they wrote the song when they were at their most vulnerable, having just separated from their spouses.
He gushed, “I’m honored to have written and performed this song with the great Gwen Stefani. Respect.”
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