Blake Shelton opens up about his relationship with Gwen Stefani, his divorce from Miranda Lambert and the new album ‘If I’m Honest’ that has come about in the aftermath. With much candor, the country music superstar speaks of the events of his life which have become the stuff of tabloids.
Following just a few months after Gwen Stefani’s ‘This Is what The Truth Feels Like’ album — which was her confessional musical narrative of her own divorce from husband Gavin Rossdale — so too has Blake Shelton delivered the autobiographical songs that fans have been clamoring for.
In a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone, he opened up about his divorce last summer, saying, “I had to piece my life back together.”
He continued, and spoke of finding love with his then-fellow coach on NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ and said, If you had told me that that’s who I’m gonna end up with, I would have thought you were crazy.”He went on to say, “But she became my closest ally.”
He also revealed how their relationship first began to evolve, saying, “We realized that we were both having a hard time letting our guard down.” He then revealed what became the catalyst for the soon-to-be romantic couple. “But I sent a voice memo to her, and then she sent back her verse to me. We wrote it communicating to each other. And that’s why it’s so special to the both of us.” He added, “And it took awhile, because it’s chaos. But just over time, seeing each other a lot at work, it just kind of developed into that.”
As for that highly personal album, he said that in coming to grips with his life after his divorce from Miranda Lambert that “making this record helped me get that out of my system.” Elaborating, he went on to say, “But as I was making the record, other developments were happening. I was spending some time with Gwen all of a sudden, and she became my closest ally, my friend, my person in my life who had my back, and I had hers. And created this bond with somebody that I never would have thought in a million years.
As for the incessant tabloid coverage he said, “It used to upset me, but it turns out it just pays really well. They can’t let go of anything I do.”
He also weighed in on the paparazzi and said, “I literally was followed to work today. It must mean my career is doing pretty well, because my personal life’s not that exciting. I’m almost 40 years old. I don’t do that much. I’m kind of a slug. But they damn sure want pictures of it.”
You can see the full interview here. He opens up on a variety of other topics including Twitter feuds and how he now tries to avoid them, how he feels about having been on ‘The Voice’ for these past several years, and the bromance and at times rivalry with fellow coach Adam Levine and much more.
All the while, as the celebrity watching public has made a sport out of following the Blake Shelton-Gwen Stefani romance and speculation on what might happen next, his album, ‘If I’m Honest,’ has gone on to debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.