“I think from a romantic perspective when you fall in love so hard and unexpectedly and so late in life, you think, ‘I want to marry you now!’ That is the first romantic reaction “, he assured Gwen Stefani long ago. After separating from her children’s father, Gavin Rossdale, the singer was left with a broken heart and with the certainty that the opportunity to find a great love had already passed. But life brings surprises and when you least expect it, fate gets in the way and the road takes a different course. The offer of a new job as a judge on the reality show The voice put Stefani face to face with a man who would change everything: Blake Shelton. A unique story and a mature love that culminated six years later with a wedding, that started an important new chapter in their lives.
Gavin Rossdale, the man she started a family with
After a short and intense relationship with the No Doubt bassist, Tony Kanal, Gwen she met the man she spent much of her life with. “The first time I saw him and was able to speak to him, I was impressed. It was completely different ”, admitted Stefani when talking about Gavin Rossdale, the father of her three children: Kingston, Zuma and Apollo. “Somehow he managed to get my phone number and that was it. I think you could say he harassed me. I was 26 years old, I had only had one serious relationship in my life. I was still living with my parents when I met Gavin, ”she recalled.
The first time they saw each other was in 1995 when the band she led, No Doubt, was the opening act for Bush, the group he led, in Los Angeles. That same night they kissed for the first time and the rest was history. On September 14, 2002 they went through the altar in London, although the party was held two weeks later in California.
In December 2005, the singer told the world that one of her biggest dreams was going to come true with the arrival of her first child. “Please! Sing louder so that my baby can hear us! ”, She shouted in a recital announcing her pregnancy. On May 26, 2006 Kingston McGregor was finally born, who would be joined two years later by Zuma Nesta Rock, born on August 21, 2008. And to crown her family, at age 44 Stefani decided to be a mother once more and on 28 February 2014 Apollo Bowie Flynn was born.
An infidelity on the part of him with the babysitter of his children ended the relationship after 13 years. Gwen found out about this betrayal Through the iPad of one of her children, where she found some risque images that her husband exchanged with the young woman. “Although we have both reached a consensual decision that we will no longer be partners in a marriage, we will continue to be partners as parents and we are committed to raising our three children together in a happy and healthy environment,” they announced in 2015 to the media, making official the end of your marriage.
“My dreams were shattered (…) All I wanted in my life was to have babies, to get married, just like my parents. Then I remember thinking, ‘There has to be a reason for all this.’ Of course I went through the self-pity of ‘why me?’ and feeling sorry for oneself, but then I began to understand: ‘This happened to me and I will make something good out of all this,’ “she said months after they separated.
In January 2021 the relationship ended completely when from the Vatican the Catholic Church granted Stefani and Rossdale’s marriage annulment, giving her a free hand to make a new religious union with her current fiancé, the also musician Blake Shelton, and fulfilling the desire of both that the church can recognize the new bond as valid.
Blake Shelton, the man she believed in love again
Only three months had passed since their separation when love sneaked into Stefani’s life without asking permission. She and Blake Shelton were both recently separated and going through arduous divorce proceedings. when they started working together on The voice, a program in which they were jurors and team leaders. “When you are in the place where we were, you feel betrayed and at the lowest point. That connection that was formed when we found out what was happening to the other is still”, He explained during an interview with the magazine People remembering how the relationship began. The country music singer had just started the divorce proceedings from Miranda Lambert, whom he had started dating in 2011.
Shortly after making the romance official, the artists released their first song together. “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” was the first single they sang as a duet, released on the album Shelton released in 2016. “You know I’m broken and I don’t trust anyone, the last thing I needed was to fall in love. You made me dream and think, I have some hope and there is no one else I want to meet, “says the lyrics of the song. A year later, they returned to sing together on the Christmas album that she released, where they performed “If I’m Honest.”
“After having gone through many difficult times, I feel like I finally got to a place where I found someone who ended up becoming my best friend, someone I can trust, support and share my life with.. We’re trying to enjoy the moment as much as we can, ”Gwen explained when asked about her relationship with Shelton.
The artist quickly adapted to Stefani’s family life and became a father figure to his three children, to the point that she greets him every Father’s Day by posting photos with the little ones, especially with the youngest, Apollo, whom she met when he was just a baby. “I don’t know if being a stepfather is less or more difficult than being a biological father, you know? I had a stepfather in my life who is one of my great heroes, I love him and admit him, he is like a father to me. I have an example in my life of how to do this and what I am trying to achieve, I take it very seriously ”, she said about her relationship with the boys during an interview with The Ride with Kimo & Heather. “I can’t imagine life without these children,” he later admitted.
“My heart races … What do I love about Blake? And what do we all love about Blake? He is a good man, one of the most generous and down-to-earth human beings I know. It all sounds very generic, but it is really true ”, she said when talking about her partner during an interview on the program Today. “He is very talented and unique. He really is my best friend and I am very excited to have someone in my life with whom I have a chance to be happy for a long time.. Everything is a great blessing and a miracle ”, he added.
In October 2020 the relationship took a new turn when they decided to commit. “Yes, please,” she wrote when uploading a photo on her Instagram profile where she is seen showing the ring and kissing her lover. Thank you for saving my 2020 … and the rest of my life. I love you. I heard a yes! ”He posted on his own account, in which he shared the same image.
“I think that getting engaged was natural. It’s funny because he basically had the ring, it was just around my birthday and I was getting a little anxious, “admitted the singer. “I thought, ‘wait a minute, what are we doing?’ I got a little insecure, but it was at the right time, “she admitted.
After several months of preparations, on July 3, 2021 they finally passed through the altar in an intimate ceremony held at the Oklahoma ranch owned by the country musician. There, as confirmed by the portal Page SixShelton built Stefani a chapel for the big day. Through their social networks, the couple shared some images of the wedding. “Dreams come true“, She wrote, happy and grateful with life for having given her the opportunity to fall in love again and form that family that she wanted so much since she was a child.
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