“I’ve achieved greater than something I might ever think about and made loads of cash, however you possibly can’t purchase time again. [Family] is what I wish to put money into now,” Shelton, who’s married to pop celebrity Gwen Stefani, reasoned throughout an unique cowl story with PEOPLE.
Shelton has spent 22 seasons as a coach on The Voice – the identical present that sparked his romance with Stefani – minus the upcoming season, which is able to mark his twenty third. Since turning into a step-dad to Stefani’s three sons Kingston, 16, Zuma, 14, and Apollo, 8 (Their dad is Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, Stefani’s ex-husband), he says his perspective on what issues most has modified.
“Simply having children, …. It really does make you go, ‘Wait a minute. This isn’t about me anymore. It by no means shall be once more.’ When you don’t say that to your self, I believe you’re solely hurting your self since you’re going to overlook out,” Shelton defined, including that every one three boys will discover when he’s absent from life occasions. “They’ve taught me one thing about myself that I by no means knew: I’m greater than only a nation singer or a goofy man. I’m somebody they really lean on, and that’s not a duty that I ever had and never one thing I ever thought-about even being into.”
“Despite the fact that I’m a stepparent, I take that job very severely. The youngsters see me as an important particular person of their life,” he continued. “[When they ask], ‘Why isn’t Blake right here?’ I take that stuff to coronary heart… It’s only a completely different self-worth. Possibly, it’s the alternative of self-worth since you sort of put your self method down on the rung, and so they transfer up, forward of you.”
Together with having fun with time together with his step-children, Shelton, 46, says he feels content material in slowing down and is happiest when he’s round household in Oklahoma, the place he grew up. In actual fact, he and Stefani, 53, have already taken up a passion collectively within the Sooner State.
“You simply be a household whenever you go there,” Shelton, who now has grown a number of gardens with the “Hollaback Lady” singer, mentioned of Oklahoma. “Our largest bonding apart from music must be gardening. We go method excessive. If there’s a splurge that’s embarrassing, it will be how a lot we in all probability spend on, like, seeds, like, packing containers of seeds.”
Shelton, who wed Stefani in the summertime of 2021, says the lovebirds have managed to develop zinnias and sunflowers, however the robust flower to develop, up to now, has been the Icelandic Lily.
“Realizing that you simply’re married makes me really feel settled,” Shelton added of his relationship with Stefani, which he calls the “best factor I’ve ever been part of in my life.” “We’ve finished a lot touring, touring and work the primary half of our lives that now, we’re identical to, ‘Hey. I’m good with 6:00p.m. to place my sweatpants on and watch Ozark eight occasions tonight. I’m good with that. That’s our life now, and we like it.”
That doesn’t imply Shelton is quitting his profession altogether. People can nonetheless discover him on the small display screen as he not too long ago debuted his new sport present on the USA Community referred to as Barmageddon, which options Carson Daly as a co-host. Shelton will even return for the twenty third season of The Voice when the present returns in March of 2023.
“It’s such a enjoyable present to make. I could make it with folks I care about, have enjoyable and do an entire season in a few weeks,” Shelton mentioned of Barmageddon. “I wasn’t searching for The Voice when I discovered it, and it’s thrilling to know what else could also be on the market.”
“Once I began The Voice in 2011, that was ten years into my profession as a rustic artist. I by no means actually made it to the A-level of nation artists till I turned a coach on The Voice. There have been method larger artists in nation music that they may’ve provided this job to, and I’m positive they’d’ve jumped at it… I don’t assume it’s a threat to go away the present. I don’t assume if I walked away from my profession at this level – , the one factor I run the danger of is having regrets. You don’t know what these are going to be till you look again at some point,” Shelton said. “Possibly, I’ll look again at some point and say, ‘man. That was it. That was my second’…. For now, I do know, at this second, it’s time for me to step away as a coach. However, I’m glad I stayed so long as I did.”