Rap star Eve will host the Youth Emerging Stronger at Home Virtual Gala on Sunday, April 26, and she exclusively spoke to US Weekly ahead of the event. During the conversation, she explained why she thinks Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s relationship works well, despite them coming from two very different worlds.
“I’ve gotten to see them up close and personal a few times and I love the way he loves her and vice versa,” Eve said.
“He seems like her anchor and… we all need that.”
When their relationship was first made public, Shelton had just ended his marriage to country singer Miranda Lambert.
Around the same time, Stefani had finalized her divorce from Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. The pair had been married for over a decade and share three sons together — Kingston, 13, Zuma, 11, and Apollo, 6.
According to In Touch Weekly, Shelton and Stefani first met while working on The Voice back in 2014 but didn’t hit it off romantically until the following year.
Eve and Stefani’s friendship goes way back. The duo first collaborated on the rapper’s smash hit “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” in 2001. The track earned them a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. A couple of years later, they teamed up again on “Rich Girl,” which appeared on Stefani’s first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Eve supported Stefani on her 2016 tour and the two have kept in touch with each other over the years.
From the outside, it may appear that Shelton and Stefani don’t have a lot in common. However, Eve insists that’s what makes their relationship work.
“He’s such a good dude,” she continued.
“She’s such a cool, bubbly person. You wouldn’t put them together, I think, because of where she comes from in California … and he’s so country, but it works so well.”
In January, a source close to US Weekly told the publication that Stefani will do “whatever it takes” to marry Shelton. The singer “very much wants the marriage to be recognized by the church” but will still go ahead and marry the country star if an annulment is not granted.
Since Shelton and Stefani made their relationship public, they have become one of pop culture’s most talked-about couples in the past few years.
They recently duetted on the love song “Nobody But You,” which is currently climbing up the U.S. Billboard 100 singles chart. Last week, the song peaked again at No. 18, making it Stefani’s eighth solo song to enter the Top 20, per Headline Planet. The single is also a success on the airwaves and is predicted to reach the top spot on country radio charts.