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Blake Shelton says he's prioritizing family life with Gwen Stefani over his music career: 'Those things all take a backseat now'

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani hold hands and smile at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala on June 9, 2022.
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  • Blake Shelton said his music is taking a backseat to his family with Gwen Stefani.
  • Shelton, who married Stefani in 2021, is the stepfather to the singer's three sons.
  • The country singer told Entertainment Tonight he's "having fun putting out songs when I feel like it."

Blake Shelton opened up about his relationship with Gwen Stefani and her kids Friday, saying his music has taken a "backseat" to his wife and stepchildren.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight's Cassie DiLaura published Friday, the country singer said that his priorities are focused on his family with Stefani. Shelton became stepfather to Stefani's three sons — 16-year-old Kingston, 13-year-old Zuma, and 8-year-old Apollo — when the couple wed in July 2021. Stefani shares her kids with her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. 

"Look, I love music and I love 'The Voice,'" he said, referencing the competition show where he met Stefani. "I love all the cool things I get to do with my job, but those things all take a backseat now to Gwen and the kids and it's just a new phase of my life."

On Friday, Shelton released a new music video for his song "No Body," where he sports the same mullet he wore in the 1990s during his early career in Nashville, Today reports. Still, Shelton said he's in no hurry to release new music and said he feels lucky he can work at a new pace. 


"I'm having fun putting out songs when I feel like it and luckily the record label allows me to do that. They always support it when I do it and my stupid ideas of doing a '90s country video ..." he said, adding, "I just go, 'Hey, I want to do this. Will you guys help me?' and they'll jump on board and we've had some big records that way."

Shelton also noted that he wants to keep creating music "'til [fans] fire me," noting that his time as a judge on "The Voice" took his musical career to a new level.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton perform together at the CMA Summer Jam in 2021
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton perform together at the CMA Summer Jam in 2021.
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When asked how he'd respond if someone told his younger self that he would marry Gwen Stefani, Shelton said he would have a few questions.

"I would have probably said, 'Are you talking about that girl that holds up the orange in her video?' I never understood until now that she's from Orange County," he said. "My entire life of knowing who Gwen Stefani even was was, 'Is that the girl that holds the orange up in the video? Oh my god, she's so hot, but why is she obsessed with this freaking orange, you know?'"

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