They made it through the storm! Blake Shelton opened up about the beginning of his relationship with Gwen Stefani in a new interview with Rolling Stone, published on Wednesday, June 1.
The country crooner, 39, told the magazine that their romance was slow to start since they were both going through high-profile breakups when they first met as fellow coaches on the set of The Voice in 2015.
“We were starting The Voice last year, and I had to sit down and go, ‘Look, by the time this thing airs, my life will have completely changed, and we need to talk about this now because it may affect what we talk about on the show,’” Shelton said, recalling his divorce from wife Miranda Lambert last July.
“I just felt like there doesn’t need to be secrets. And then the same thing [happened] with Gwen,” he added, referencing the “Used to Love You” singer’s August 2015 split from husband Gavin Rossdale, the father of her three sons, Kingston, 10, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 2.
Fortunately for both of them, they were able to bond over their crumbling marriages. “We just started to develop a friendship after that,” the Oklahoma native told RS. “And it took a while, because it’s chaos. But just over time, seeing each other a lot at work, it just kind of developed into that.”
Their newfound romance — which Stefani’s rep exclusively confirmed to Us Weekly in November 2015 — served as major inspiration for Shelton’s latest album, If I’m Honest, which includes the couple’s duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”
“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,” he shared. “And [I] created this bond with somebody that I never would have thought in a million years.”
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