How Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Became Each Other's Sweet Escapes

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Look Back at Gwen Stefani’s No Doubt Days: E! News Rewind

Blake Shelton really couldn’t have been more all of us in 2020. 

Teleconferencing into The Ellen DeGeneres Show Sept. 28 to discuss the upcoming 19th(!) season of The Voice and his thriving Smithworks Vodka brand, the 44-year-old country music superstar declared his new mantra for the waning months: “2020 sucks and I refuse to spend another minute of it sober.” 

He could trace the bad times back, really, to losing Best Country Solo Performance to Willie Nelson at that January’s Grammys, with the second big blow coming not quite two months later. On March 12, he was in Omaha, Neb., overseeing the stage setup for the that night’s performance, the 12th date of his Friends and Heroes 2020 tour, when he was forced to make the call.  

Then-girlfriend Gwen Stefani was with him, the two set to take the stage together to belt out their single “Nobody But You,” with her film producer brother Todd Stefani capturing footage for a live video.

“We had a whole plan,” Shelton noted to host Ellen DeGeneres. “And then we obviously, like everybody else in the world, just pulled the plug on the thing and went to Oklahoma.”

Because after that, there was little else to do except decamp to his sprawling 1,200-acre ranch where he’d crown the 18th winner of The Voice virtually on the May season finale and otherwise just…hang

Well, and one other thing. 

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It seems like forever that the world has been waiting for music’s most endearing opposites—who marked their fifth anniversary in October—to just get married already.

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