Blake Shelton wears a lot of hats in his professional life. He’s a multi-platinum country recording artists, of course, and one of the genre’s top performers as well. And then there’s his side job as the beloved forever-coach of NBC’s The Voice. But his personal life includes a role that might mean even more to him — as stepfather to his finacée Gwen Stefani’s kids.
Speaking with The Ride with Kimo & Heather on KFROG (Riverside, CA), the country funnyman got real for a few minutes, and expressed his love for Stefani’s three children from her previous marriage. After first meeting Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo five years ago, he’s now proud to be a part of their lives, Shelton says. And he’s been modeling his role after a “hero” in his own family.
“There’s definitely nothing easy about it,” Shelton says on the show. “I don’t know if it’s as hard or harder or not as hard as being an actual, biological parent, you know? I have a stepfather in my life who’s one of my heroes. I love my stepfather and I look up to him and he’s like a father to me, so I have a good inspiration in my life for how to do this and the kind of stepdad I want to be. And I take it very serious. But I also have a blast with it, I’m not gonna lie. I don’t take it so serious that I’m not enjoying this time because I really am, especially now that we’re five years into this thing. I can’t imagine my life without these kids now.”
Shelton and Stefani met on the set of The Voice and began dating in 2015. The country star finally proposed to his pop superstar finacée in October of 2020, and have yet to announce a date for the wedding. Fans have gotten a behind-the-scenes look at how the odd-couple got together, though, with a hilarious Super Bowl commercial painting a made-up picture of their first date.
Blake Shelton went on to talk about the commercial in his interview with KFROG, and also weighed in on topics like his new single “Minimum Wage” and the frenzy of click-bait articles and online outrage it caused, as well as his upcoming gig co-hosting the Grand Ole Opry’s 95th Anniversary TV special with Brad Paisley and more.