Blake Shelton on people saying he’s a lazy deadbeat husband: ‘The truth is, I am’

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani got married in Oklahoma back in July. By all accounts, Gwen organized and planned everything and Blake was very happy to let her do her own thing. The wedding photos made everything look a lot nicer than I expected – Gwen’s Vera Wang dresses were pretty but not over-the-top. There was tons of food. Kids and dogs were included. Golf carts were utilized. Blake appeared on The Ellen Show this week and he’s still got that newlywed glow, honestly. I’m left with the impression that he’s happy as can be with Gwen, and he talked a lot about their wedding and how great it was:

On Gwen planning the wedding: “At one point, I was saying in an interview, ‘We’re letting Gwen do whatever she wants for the wedding.’ And then some writer wrote, ‘Well, oh, look, he’s already a lazy deadbeat husband.’ But the truth is: I am. What do I know about that stuff? Of course it was her and her vision. And all I had to do was drink and kiss Gwen Stefani, I mean, my God. The greatest gig I’ve ever had.”

Their wedding had less than 20 guests. “That’s exactly what it needed to be.”

He’s been buying her lots of Christmas gifts: He said he tells her not to get him anything, but there ends up being “a pile of crap this tall” of gifts. “Literally today I got on the phone with the internet company because they thought there was credit card fraud because I kept going back to this website buying her more stuff. I’m getting her a bunch of stuff. I don’t know that she’s going to like any of it but it’s going to look good in the wrapping paper, you know?”

Gwen’s wedding vows: “The thing that got to me was she spoke about my [late] brother and my dad as if she had known them almost. She didn’t make it seem that way, but it felt that way as she was speaking about them. She said she wished they were there and what kind of men she thinks they must’ve been. Man, it hit me. Like, I couldn’t believe how hard it hit me. I felt like at this point, I’ve kind of gotten calloused. I guess I’m not because that absolutely slayed me. It’s hard to even remember what else she even said. I’ll never forget that feeling.”

[From People]

The quote about Gwen’s vows is actually from a People interview he did about a month ago, I just hadn’t seen that quote before now, that’s why I included it. If you watch the video (below), you can see how happy Blake seems. He really adores Gwen and he seems so proud of her and being married to her.

He also jokes about not inviting his work-wife, Adam Levine, to his wedding because Adam told Ellen that he doesn’t support Gwen and Blake’s marriage, because Gwen is cool and Blake isn’t.

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Photos courtesy of Gwen’s Instagram, cover courtesy of People.

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  1. Lex says:

    This kind of OTT wedding (especially for a 2nd) seems crass & trashy but to each their own.

    • Plums says:

      How is it OTT? There were a small number of guests, and it was all at his ranch and just seems to have been a completely typical wedding/reception from what I can see?

    • Jan says:

      They’re happy, let them enjoy it.
      It may be over the the top to you, but since it was not your wedding, no biggie.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Is it over the top to you because she wore a (white) wedding dress or for some other reason? Should she have worn a morning suit in a pale pastel color?

    • Bella says:

      OTT? There were 17 people at the wedding.

    • Larelyn says:

      Eh – the OTT to me is the broadcasting, publicity, and attention. It may have been a small, intimate affair, but boy, do millions know about it now! Was that kind of attention really necessary?

      • Eurydice says:

        I suppose one could say the same for any celebrity wedding. With pretty much just a spread in People, this one was relatively modest compared to Kim and Kanye or the Clooneys or Paris HIlton and whoever it is that she married.

    • Marigold says:

      You would have hated my second wedding! It was OTT and a blast.

      • AMA1977 says:

        I think life is short, and you should celebrate things that are meaningful to you in whatever way you choose. It’s their first wedding to each other and they wanted to celebrate that. They’re grown adults who paid for it themselves, so who am I to have a say?

        Also, the fact that Gwen was so loyal to her first husband for so many years while he diminished her and devalued her makes me feel even more strongly that she “deserved” to celebrate this new marriage with as much fanfare as she wanted. Not that they need my signoff, or anyone else’s but each other’s, but that’s my $0.02.

  2. Laalaa says:

    That is a man in love.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      yes. Very much in love. I am happy for them.

    • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

      “All I had to do was drink and kiss Gwen Stefani”
      My heart melted a little on that one.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I melted my cold stone heart as well!! He seems genuinely like a very nice, considerate and loving husband.

        Everyone deserves a partner that loves them completely, is considerate, compassionate and supportive.

  3. Amy T says:

    They seem sweet and well -suited. That’s all I’ve got.

  4. Monica says:

    I really thought this was a PR relationship. Either I’m wrong, or these are Oscar-caliber actors.

    • Mcmmom says:

      Same. It never occurred to me that this was legit. It did inspire me to read more about Gwen, though, and once I did, the relationship made more sense. I’m not a fan of the red neck schtick, but I do like how he appears to treat her sons. Stepparenting is tough and he seems to be doing as good a job of it as anyone.

    • Bella says:


    • June-O says:

      So did I! It has all the hallmarks of a PR pairing and I kept waiting for the well-timed split. Well, I’m always glad to be proven too cynical. I know zero about Blake, but No Doubt was the soundtrack of my teens, so I’ll always wish Gwen the best.

    • nb says:

      I did a bit of a dive into Gwen over the summer and learned a lot about her I didn’t know and then the Blake thing totally made more sense. If I remember correctly she grew up pretty religious, conservative and close with her family. She didn’t really party hard or anything despite her punky image, and a lot of that image was made up to help her sell herself as ‘different’ and to stand out. She said what she always really wanted was a family and if she hadn’t made it big she would have been perfectly content settling down with a husband and kids and being a soccer Mom type. It seems like she finally got that with Blake and their new small town ranch life and she’s very happy with it.

  5. LaraK says:

    They do seem so well suited, and I love the contrast with his ex-wife’s messy dumpster fire marriage. It’s gossip gold.

    • equality says:

      What do you think makes Miranda’s marriage a “dumpster fire”? And, especially, any more than her marriage with Blake. That one wasn’t a “dumpster fire”?

      • Leigh says:

        Miranda is a dumpster fire all by herself. Two words: tossed salad.

      • equality says:

        I’m not sure Blake is much better. Men just get more of a pass.

      • terra says:

        @equality: The little kid part of me that lived for Tragic Kingdom and dyed her hair pink just like Gwen’s during the Return of Saturn-era still feels very uncomfortable about this. Even now finding out that she’s likely pretty politically conservative I still can’t help but have a soft spot for her.

        My uncle used to run bars and clubs and the like. His female best friend used to be in the same line of business and ran into Blake a few times during the period he was married to Miranda and she had firsthand experience of seeing him hit on random women before then being hit on herself.

        Plus, didn’t he get together with Miranda while he was married to his first wife? It just seems like a pattern. Maybe he’s changed, but that’s pretty rare.

  6. Lyds says:

    Omg Kingston is big and very hot! Teenage me would crush on him hard.

    I think it’s sweet how he buys her mountains of gifts; most men I know dread it or are simply too practical to buy things they’re not sure their wives would like (especially since most of them know how picky their partners are). If my husband did that you can bet a lot of store credit will be in store or that it’ll be a mount of air filters, humidifiers, water purifiers or any other present that is “for me” but really for the house.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      MerlinsDad tried to buy me stuff when we were first married, but bless him, our tastes ran totally different (still true to this very day 43 years later!) and so now he either asks or just hands me the money and stays out of it.

  7. Twin falls says:

    I thought I was going to hate everything he said but it came across as very sweet. He’s not my cup of tea but they seem to both be smitten.

    That’s the way to do I’m not worthy of my wife but I’ll do my best to make her happy, Mr Pratt.

  8. Bettyrose says:

    The context in which he said it is fine, but it can get exhausting to hear men brag about what little they do.

    • Twin falls says:

      Agree. I don’t want to ever again be put on the oh you’re so good at all the stuff I don’t want to learn to do pedestal. But I do think Gwen was happy to plan her dream wedding without interference. It’s not like she couldn’t hire a ton of help to get it actually done.

  9. tatannelise says:

    I’m never going to get them as a couple, but I totally wish them well and hope it lasts!

  10. Janice Hill says:

    He had me gushing. That’s hard to do.

  11. WithTheAmerican says:

    He better sound happy, they JUST got married. The misery takes a while.

    I give it 5 years. I can’t stand them or their smarmy patriarchal baloney. He will cheat, it’s what he does, and she will be a good girl (not to other women, only to men, because patriarchy) because it’s what she does.

  12. observer says:

    “I’m getting her a bunch of stuff. I don’t know that she’s going to like any of it but it’s going to look good in the wrapping paper, you know?”

    yuck. can you imagine being married to someone who doesn’t even know what you’d really like, that would be really meaningful, so they just throw obscene amounts of money away as their ‘gesture’ towards you?

    edit: this was the birthday/christmas/whatever present tactic of my very absent father so it’s coming from a personal place. it doesn’t feel good at all.

  13. lena horne says:

    I like her and he is growing on me.

    No really a country fan or iIl assume his/their politics.

    But they seem happy.

    Hope it works out for them.

  14. alane says:

    His music nor type is not my thing but the Blake is very likeable. I think he and Gwen are a great couple, fun to watch.

  15. Jayna says:

    They’ve been together now six years — or is it seven –and they really aren’t just in love, they are best friends, love hanging out with each other. I thought her life in California, even though he lives here a good part of the year, would wear on him And Gwen in Oklahoma, flying out there a lot, I just never thought it would last. Her family is huge in her life, and there he is, from the beginning, always going, never complaining. And for a man, with no kids, to enter into three children’s lives and stick it out, work through what is really just time to gain their affection is admirable. He admitted in a radio interview in Tennessee it was very awkward in the beginning and he didn’t know his place really.

    Blake was 39, extremely wealthy, and at the top of not only country music, but because of The Voice, he has a massive fan base from all walks of life. And he fell in love with a woman seven years older than him, with three kids reeling from their parents’ divorce. And Gwen with all of her pain. And yet their relationship really has looked just as strong five years in, before the engagement, as that first year. They delight in being together. You can’t fake that kind of contentment with another person. When Miranda was married to him, she said Blake is exactly as he seems, a very happy person, which she said at the time was good for her because she could have dark moods at times.

    With all of the celebs who are single in their 40s and turn to the early 20-somethings, it is refreshing that Blake has really never referred to their age difference. The only time was when he was talking about him being out of shape and Gwen so fit, and he felt old, praising her. He has never let that be a narrative, i.e., Gwen dating a younger man (only used on women, not men with seven years age difference), or asking him about their age difference. He has always, always said he can’t believe he is the man who has her, and he says it’s because of her goodness and kindness just as much as it is her beauty.

    They never let questions about her being older and Blake wanting kids enter into interviews. They deflect and talk about her children. That is private. They stay protective of each other. That’s all you can ask for from a spouse at the end of the day.

  16. canichangemyname says:

    I mean, they’re both unapologetic Republicans, but sure. Adorbs.

  17. Andrea says:

    All the cheating aside, I don’t know how she lasted with Gavin for 20 years. He said something how he wanted to raise the kids in the UK, but Gwen needed her mom. Gwen just seems so conservative compared to Gavin that I see in a way how he cheated. I think at the end of the day, he wanted to talk to someone more like himself. Not excusing his behavior, but I see that she probably didn’t fulfill him in some ways. Can you ladies imagine marrying a Trump supporter conservative!?!

    She can have Blake. I will take a hard Pass. Lol I think she can do better looks wise, but what do I know?

    • Jesma says:

      She was a top Obama fundraiser. She once made a snide Twitter comment against Trump. I don’t think she is a Trumper. I would guess she is probably a left leaning moderate.