Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton debut their new duet: magic or tragic?

Reality TV and music’s current “cute couple,” Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, used the show that brought them together, The Voice, to debut their first of what I can assume will be many duets. “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” is from Blake’s upcoming album, If I’m Honest, which drops on May 20.

If watching couples make goo-goo eyes at each other for 4 minutes makes you nauseous, I’d recommend you don’t watch the clip. If you are a fan of the couple or of love, give it a peek. Gwen’s hair looks amazing and the top of the gown is lovely – she loses me at the sheer part around her legs, as it makes the dress look unfinished. Blake’s looking pretty handsome though. As much of a cynic as I can be about the fleeting romances of celebrities, it really does appear that these two are smitten with each other.

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So, the song is alright. It’s not terrible. Their voices blend together better than I would have thought, but Gwen definitely doesn’t have a voice for country. The version on Blake’s album is better than the live one, because of recording studio wizardry, but Gwake’s chemistry kind of sells the song in the clip. During the taping of the segment, Voice judge Pharrell Williams quipped “Aww, you guys look so cute,” but there didn’t appear to be much enthusiasm coming from the other judges. I do love how you don’t see one iota of excitement from Christina Aguilera and not much more than polite head nodding from Adam Levine. Gwen, being the social media maven she is, posted pictures of herself (with kudos to her stylists) before taking the stage on Instagram, as well as a cute pic of the couple sharing a pre-show smooch.

@blakeshelton @nbcthevoice #goaheadandbreakmyheart tonight! Omg ❤️Gx

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Backstage at the show’s taping, Blake told E! that he hopes the fans love the song because it “means so much” to he and Gwen. He added, “We were a little nervous at first as to how people would receive it, because it’s not written in a traditional way at all.” He went on to tell Extra:

Originally, when I started the song, I was just, I was only trying to impress her, you know, just trying to write her a song to get her excited about me, and I sent her the song half-finished and she wrote the other half of the song, so it’s such a 50/50 emotionally-invested thing.

[From Extra]

I guess music is the grown-up equivalent to the old “Do you like me? Check ‘yes’ or ‘no’.” notes we used to pass around in school. I do have to admit that watching the clips of Blake, I never realized how downright charming he is. I kind of have a little crush on him now. I can see how Gwen fell for him. Voice showrunner Mark Burnett took some time away from promoting his upcoming remake of Ben Hur (WHY?) he produced to share his thoughts on the couple, telling ET,

I was there in those dark moments because we were working together at the time, it was their private lives but it spills over. And then I said to Blake and Gwen, ‘Imagine in your darkest moments if someone showed you a videotape of right now, the love you have, wouldn’t it be great?’ And they’re both smiling. It would be great. They are so amazing, they’re amazing.

[From Entertainment Tonight]

Wow, this is turning into a love story for the ages, isn’t it? Move over Liz and Dick, make way for Gwake. I can’t wait for the Lifetime movie.

Debuting the song on Monday’s show has already paid off, as the single is already at the top of the charts on iTunes, right behind Justine Timberlake’s obscenely catchy new single “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The release of the single seemed to be news to Blake, who tweeted “It’s out? Yay!!!” after a fan sent him the link to the song. He also cluelessly replied to a fan who told him the song was trending with, “Awesome!!! What does that mean?!!!!”

As I’ve said before, I am happy for them. They make a cute couple. The song is alright, and hopefully it will bring Blake some new fans. I do hope that the hype surrounding the couple subsides a little bit because I think we all need a little “Gwake break.” Don’t you agree?

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's performance on Season 10 'The Voice' on NBC

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's performance on Season 10 'The Voice' on NBC

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  1. Sam says:

    Anything to remain relevant. Every week it’s something with these two because if they didn’t do this nobody would care that they were together. So very tragic. So very thirsty.

    • realitycheck says:

      Thank you!

    • C says:


    • kcarp says:

      I think a lot of this show he is putting on with her is an F-You to Miranda. The way the divorce went down so fast make me think that he was hurt and angry. What better way to stick it to your ex?

    • Emily C. says:

      Yep, this.

    • Mary Sandra says:

      They’re not exactly ‘love’s young thing’ are they? I find it hard to admire either one of them, considering how they trashed their ex’s. So childish. Gwen couldn’t keep her mouth shut in interviews, and seemed not to care that she has three children, two of whom are in school and won’t care for being teased about their father.
      Does anyone seriously believe they ‘started’ dating five minutes after their divorces? How dumb do they think we are?
      Blake is quickly spiraling to has-been status, and Gwen was there already.. Go away, and take that awful song with you..

  2. Goats on the Roof says:

    I couldn’t make it through the entire song. I thought it was pretty terrible.

    Also, I am totally against people using their relationships for publicity/to sell records/make money, so Blake and Gwen are a hard no for me now.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Ha! We were typing at the same time. They should rename the song “pretty terrible.”

      • Kosmos says:

        Nope, didn’t like the song at all….with these two talented people singing, you’d think they could come up with a much better song than that. Too bad, it’s no wonder the judges looked bored and lacked enthusiasm or even smiles. This was a boring, lackluster song.

    • Nicole says:

      Agree song was awful and they are so try hard I’m just over it

      • Arock says:

        There was a lot of second hand embarrassment for those two. Great, they’re happy, but please stop the cringey behavior

    • M.A.F. says:

      I stopped it about a few seconds after she opened her mouth, couldn’t make it all the way through the chorus. Their voices just didn’t go together.

      • sauvage says:

        For me it wasn’t even about their voices, but the LYRICS! Pretty terrible indeed.

    • Pinky says:

      Given these responses, I expected to hate it. But I really liked it. The lyrics are so sweet. Well written. They might not have the strongest voices, but they are the voices that made them famous, so I wasn’t expecting anything fuller than that. Hmm. Not sure what to do about my tastes after liking that….


      • Petee says:

        I liked it too.I can see where people wouldn’t at first because of the overkill of what I think was a fake romance at first has turned into the real thing.And Christina wouldn’t like anything Gwen would do.She was a more popular judge and Christina is not likable at all.She has a great voice but she is just a nasty person.

      • Jayna says:

        @Petee, I agree Christina is not likable and she resents Gwen and her popularity on The Voice.

        As far as her voice, it used to be amazing, but it is really shrill on the top end now, and yet she continues to belt out. It doesn’t sound good when she does. She performed the song live with Blake a few years ago they put out together, and her vocals were grating on the top notes. I don’t think their song did that well.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I was cringing so hard my shoulders were by my ears. Maybe they were trying to protect them!

      Their voices don’t sound good together. Add that to the fact that they are actually selling their relationship, and there is a lot to cringe over!

    • Kimbers says:

      Gwen kinda has crazy eyes. Ya she’s just not that cool gal she used to be. The more she pushed social media the older she seems bc, no she’s not savy, she’s momish about the whole thing :( what happened to my gweny gwen gwen :(

    • I Choose Me says:

      Bleurgh to the song. Bleurgh to them as a couple and their look at us we’re so in lurve antics. Just bleurgh.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I didn’t listen to the entire song. I thought it was pretty terrible – neither of them have a very full or beautiful voice and together it was more noticible. I’m happy they found love and all, but that wasn’t their song, imo.

    • Aussie girl says:

      Ha! I agree and also couldn’t do the whole song. We get it you’re in love and you are both singers, but let’s save it for the bedroom and not our ears. They both have meek Voices and completely different styles.

  4. Mimz says:

    I like Blake, on The voice. A lot, actually. But man, this thing is so orchestrated it is nauseating. Grown ups acting publicly like teens who cant get their hands off each other?
    And, I know people will yell at me, but I’d much rather Bey and Jay’s alleged “orchestrated, strategic, PR machine” drama for sales, than this whirlwind romance that comes with renewed contracts, better tv ratings and chart topping singles and music about this nonsense.

    /rant over

    • Aussie girl says:

      Rant away my friend! I’ve thought the whole thing was a PR romance from the start and the whole sitting on laps and nuzzling necks shit has made me side eye them from get go. Maybe I’m a cynic but I don’t buy it. And I’ll take Bey and Jay over this sweet valley high shit anyday. Plus they make way better music together and apart. Boom!!

      • Mimz says:

        Yeah! I roll my eyes so hard at this, since the very beginning too. And I have a really, really hard time understanding the notion that two people can fall in love this hard at this age, and 2 seconds after their divorces. Just. No. I’m probably a cynic.

  5. EM says:

    He will probably get over her after the novelty wears off.
    She can barely rub two brain cells together. If she thinks like her interviews, then he’ll be breaking free within 3 years.
    I’m amazed her ex husband lasted that long with her.

    • als says:

      Most men prefer their women dumb. I don’t think Blake is part of the exception.
      So, if Gwen really is low on IQ, I don’t think that would be a problem for him.

      • Jayna says:

        Gwen doesn’t have a low IQ. She may not be very articulate, but while Gavin sat on his ass for years, she had three babies, kept a career going with her band and then solo and toured and has a clothing company that is successful. She may have been a doormat too long for Gavin,but she never put her career aside for him, so stronger than many think. And she has a beautiful heart. She is a kind person. Maybe those are the qualities Blake sees in her

        Blake isn’t exactly a big philosopher on many subjects. He loves Oklahoma and escapes back there every chance he gets to his home and nature when not on the show or touring. He’s simple in his wants and needs.

        I don’t know if they will make it since she is a Californian with an ex who lives there and with children. Long-term it’s two different ways of life. But I do believe he thinks she’s amazing and is in love with her.

      • OrigialTessa says:

        I agree with Jayna. Gwen is a really accomplished and powerful woman. I actually hate that she’s part of such a cheesy showmance like this. It’s making her seem desperate and thirsty. Just be cool, Gwen. That’s who you are to a generation of girls like me who grew up in the 90′s.

      • Mimz says:

        Nothing personal @Jayna but I will use yours and OriginalTessa’s comments as an example how two hugely famous, hardworking and talented women, but one is white (Gwen) and the other black (Beyoncé) are described.
        Both are called inarticulate, yet:

        Beyoncé is “DUMB as a door, she can’t form phrases, this is all her husband’s PR machine, she’s incapable of (insert whatever you want here), she’s fake, whatever she does is only for the money, she’s stupid for staying with a man who cheats, she can’t speak to save her life, etc etc etc.”

        Gwen is “inarticulate yet very smart”: “Gwen doesn’t have a low IQ. She may not be very articulate, but while Gavin sat on his ass for years, she had three babies, kept a career going with her band and then solo and toured and has a clothing company that is successful. She may have been a doormat too long for Gavin,but she never put her career aside for him, so stronger than many think. And she has a beautiful heart. She is a kind person. Maybe those are the qualities Blake sees in her”.

        That being said, I don’t disagree with what you are saying about Gwen, Jayna or OriginalTessa, or saying that either of you ever said stuff like that about Beyoncé, but I just find it slightly amusing. If I don’t think about how unfair it is.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I don’t think either woman is dumb and I defended Beyonce several times here because I thought it was unfair. Some people aren’t articulate and that’s very different than being dumb.

      • Petee says:

        Jayna I agree with you.Gwen has had a long career and worked her ass off and was a loving wife and was a front woman with a bunch of men.I do not think she is stupid at all.I am not a fan of her new solo music but people go and listen to her first few albums with No Doubt.The lyrics she wrote were great.I just don’t think you could get this far in your life if you were not determined and brainless.

      • LT says:

        What? I disagree – smart men like smart women.

  6. Patricia says:

    I get a big dose of second-hand embarrassment from these two acting like they invented being in love. I can’t even watch the video, it’s just too much.

  7. felixswan2 says:

    Yep, still not buying it.

  8. als says:

    Two people staring into each other’s eyes are only cute for 5 seconds. These two stared at each other for 3 minutes and a half. It’s awkward. And not sexy awkward.
    Blake is doing a slightly better job at staring, the guitar helps, but Gwen’s eyes are getting away from her and she slips in the embarrassed territory a few times. Also, her voice does not fit this song at all.

  9. mint says:

    I´m so tired of these two. The song is pretty terrible- their voices don´t go together well.
    I know people love Gwen but I think she embodies insecurity and desperation.

  10. Jayna says:

    I love them together. Gwen looked amazing, stunning. The album version is a lot better. What surprised me is the song got stuck in my head , and I ended up playing it over and over, so downloaded it.

    Blake really hasn’t talked about the relationship much, just a lot of photos. So his lyrics that he wrote in the duet were surprising. Gwen was unsure and back and forth and he was the one worried about a broken heart.

    • here or there says:

      I agree. I like Blake and Gwen.
      I get annoyed with people saying adults can’t be sappy/ act like teenagers in love. I think it’s quite ageist. When I fell for my husband I wasn’t a teenager, but I really enjoyed the first three years of feeling like I was 16 again. I think moaners need a nice tall glass of STFU.

      • Jayna says:

        Yeah. My friend, who owns a business, got divorced and dated for about two years, and had a couple of boyfriends in that period. And at 40 met a good-looking man on vacation halfway across the world where he was on vacation also.. She’s gorgeous but very independent, and I had never seen her like this about her husband or the guys she dated after. He lived in another state and it was long distance at first. She was beyond in love, infatuated, and glowing and bouncing off walls about him. She was pretty sappy also for quite a while. But I was happy for her.

        They did marry and now have two children. All this happened as she was entering her 40s.

        I think Blake and Gwen are cute. And he is a very affectionate man. Many women, aftering being in troubled relationships, love having a man who shows affection and is playful and you feel desired again. And like Corey said, Blake has a lot of charm, which is an attractive quality in a man.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I agree. I don’t mind people of any age falling in love and being giddy about it. They just don’t bug me.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I don’t fault people for being happy. But being happy doesn’t mean you have to sell it for $1.99 on iTunes. They are making their relationship a commodity.

      • Jayna says:

        @Tiffany, they were both working on albums when their relationships imploded and when they fell in love while working together. Every artist writes about what they are going through. They wrote their albums many months ago. And now it’s time to promote it. Hell, Neil Young left his wife for Darryl Hannah, and there’s a song or songs on his last album about falling in love with Darryl Hannah. Chris Martin wrote a whole album about his breakup with Gwyneth and then promoted it in interviews about what he was going through at the time when writing it.

        Did you or anybody else on here rake Adele over the coals for writing an award-winning album about a messy breakup and broken heart and talking about it in every interview when promoting 21?

        That’s what musicians/singers do, sell their music on iTunes, etc.

      • Petee says:

        Jayna you are my new best friend on this site.Love your posts.

      • Beanie says:

        I usually find that people who are dicky vis a vis romance and affection aren’t getting any.

      • ohdear says:

        I don’t think Blake is as public about the relationship as Gwen is. I think he keeps out of most of her social media, he doesn’t include her (pics and stuff) in his, but he does tweet out congratulations and stuff. I think he’s a very affection person who loves to loves in friends and girlfriend. It must feel nice after Gavin. And I think their attraction is their personalities. They both seem fun and positive.

    • Mel says:

      Lol can’t believe your even buying it

      Your responses to them as a couple illustrates that they are selling it well….you actually believe it’s real true love

      What confirmed to me that it was fake PR gimmick, was those ridiculous snaps the paps got of them face timing each other.

      Before they got together we never ever saw Gwen’s phone, but since being with Blake the paps have ‘caught her’ many times with his face crystal clear on the screen each time. Yeah right lol. They are clearly thirsty for attention and it is clear these two have the paps on speed dial.
      With both of them touring heavy in the summer, both releasing albums…it all makes sense…but I expected better from Gwen. The fact that she is nearly 50 makes it even make cringeworthy.

  11. Andi says:

    I love it!! I’m a fan of both individuals and this is happy hopeful music.

  12. Katie says:

    Their inability to keep their hands off each other and act like adults feel like protesting too much.
    It gives me icky feelings

  13. Elisa the I. says:

    wow, both their voices are really thin (her’s forced?) and the song sounds very generic.

  14. paolanqar says:

    Whoa! They always seemed mismatched to me but this is vomit-inducing-gag-reflex-tickling cheesy.
    I couldn’t watch past 30 seconds because it was so uncomfortable and cringe-worthy to watch.
    Also, the song is terrible.

  15. Anastasia Beaverhausen says:

    I fell over laughing when the cut to Christina! Could she not have been more over it??

  16. Lucy2 says:

    Ugh that song sounded bad!
    They should write a song together called “Look at me being happier than my ex!”

  17. grabbyhands says:

    I just keep thinking how embarrassing this is all going to be after the inevitable breakup.

    But I’m a cynical b**ch, too.

    • Kitten says:

      Oh my god this so damn much. It’s like watching a mack truck slowly collide with a prius. You know it’s gonna be a huge mess but you just can’t look away.

  18. Hannah says:

    I’m a little confused. I’m in Europe so a lot of Country stars blend in to each other for me. But is this the country singer that was posted about a lot here re cheating on his wife? I mean, isn’t she just exchanging cheater for cheater?

    Also, I learned from her carpool karaoke episode that she isn’t that great a singer of her own stuff either.

    They seem utterly in love!

    • claire says:

      Supposedly when he got together with Miranda he cheated on his wife. But, there’s no evidence he cheated on Miranda. All the gossip seems to be that she was actually the one that cheated on him, so who knows.

  19. Snazzy says:

    I could definitely use a “Gwake break.” Soooooooo annoying!

  20. Skins says:

    Look at us, we are a couple, look at us holding hands and kissing, look at us singing a duet, Dammit, LOOK AT US!

  21. Loganski says:

    REBOUND!!!! For both of them…..

  22. Gal says:

    I wish I would’ve taken your advice and not watched that clip. Blech! I might’ve liked it if they hadn’t been staring at each other the whole time.

  23. Jenfem says:

    Love them! They look happy. The song is nice. No gwake break needed!

  24. lile says:

    Personally, I find their behavior SO over the top and just plain ridiculous. Gwen is nearly 50 years old and to see her giggling and carrying on like a teenager is just embarrassing! It almost seems like it is orchestrated to try to get a reaction from their exes, but clearly Miranda is happy in her new relationship. Miranda and her new guy are much younger and acting WAY more mature. I also find it strange that Blake and Gwen come out with cheating songs when Blake was just busted a year earlier by Cady Graves and yet, no one seems to remember that.

  25. shewolf says:

    I feel like she could do so much better than him. I think Gwen just loves to be loved and isn’t one to want to play the field.

    This song is horrid by the way. And I’ve loved every song Gwen’s ever made since the 90′s, even that dorky one with Moby.

    I feel like she’s slumming it. But not that Rossdale was any better.

  26. claire says:

    Blake is charming as hell. I don’t listen to his music really but I super enjoy listening to him on the Voice, interviews, etc. It’s not at all surprising when people fall for him!

    As for the song, the lyrics are actually really open and raw, but the arrangement and the chorus kinda make the song a little bland and boring. Then again, I’m just not a country fan. I like them together though. They seem really sweet.

  27. Zuzus girl says:

    She is a god awful singer.

  28. Pandy says:

    You had me at “make way for Gwake” lolllll. Thanks for the laugh.

  29. Frankly says:

    Every time I see his face I think about this idiot incident in which he thought it would be hilarious to tell everyone he intentionally ran over a turtle –

  30. Kitten says:

    Ugh I cannot stand him and the two of them together grate. I should be happy for Gwen but I can’t get past her new face and all the desperation.

  31. Magnoliarose says:

    My mother thinks he’s hot but hates country music. They do need to disappear for a bit but I still have no snark.

  32. Tallia says:

    The song is OK. Not bad, not good. I don’t care if they are a real thing or not. I think they are both trying to save face – both of them were cheating on and their ego’s took a hit. If Gavin or Miranda had anything to say they would have said it by now, I think they can’t say anything lest the skeletons in their closets come bounding out.

  33. Tawny says:

    Awwww…I just love this song! I watched the video several times and downloaded the single, and I don’t even think I have ever heard a Blake song before. I think they sound great together and I like that they only looked at each other during the performance. It is a *performance*. They should perform!

    I think it is super cute that they showed Blake mouthing the words as Gwen singd, “You know I’m broken and I don’t trust anyone.” As a 44 year old divorcee who has no luck with men, I can appreciate the honesty in their lyrics.

    I’m not at all jealous of their sweet love affair. They give me hope!

    • Jayna says:

      @Tawny, LOL, we must be the only people on here that loved it and downloaded it. It’s catchy as hell. I don’t own any Blake music either. I loved his first single also, “Came Here to Forget,” from his upcoming album, “If I’m Honest.”. So I think based on these two songs I will buying my first Blake Shelton album.

      Here’s the first single, Came Here to Forget.

  34. Barbara says:

    I guess I am critical, but I hate all the makeup she globs on. I also am torn between Blake and Gavin. Love them both with all their flaws too. Not so forgiving toward Gwen. Of course their dramas are none of my business anyway.

  35. haley1020 says:

    this pr relationship is so hilarious lol

  36. elle says:

    Carving initials into a tree? No further proof needed regarding their emotional maturity.

  37. hogtowngooner says:


    That tree is ridiculous.

  38. Tifygodess24 says:

    I can’t with her voice. She sounds like shes in pain when she sings.

  39. Mel says:

    I think this relationship is fake but then again why would an almost 50 year old rich mother of 3 be so thirsty for attention…she has money and whilst her career isn’t what it once was in terms of sales etc…she has never come across as a media w**e.

    They both have tours coming up so maybe this all makes sense

  40. Emily C. says:

    Couples who are ridiculously goo-goo all over each other in public don’t last. And these two aren’t just irritating the local bar with their PDA; they’re inflicting it on the entire country.

    I don’t think they’re that crazy about each other. I think they’re crazy about the attention and about trying to rub their happy happy oh so happy relationship in their exes’ faces.

  41. Jane says:

    I made to 1:04 and had to stop listening. Ughhhh

  42. TOPgirl says:

    I’m glad Gwen is having sex again but please just please can they both just go quietly into the night. I’m sick of seeing them all lovey dovey. Ewww….

  43. Andrea says:

    She needs to stay in her wheelhouse and country is not it. They nauseate me. I bet Gavin is laughing. I doubt he is a country fan.

  44. NL says:

    Wow, she has a really weak voice.