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When news broke that Gwen Stefani and her fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton became a couple, there was some definite wait-for-real-though? reactions.
However, we are all very well-aware now that these two lovebirds are definitely a serious item, and the love there is genuine. But don't feel bad for second-guessing this pairing, because even Gwen admits she never saw this romance coming.
During an interview with New York Times ahead of the release of her upcoming solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which drops March 18, the rock star opened up about the moment when her "life was literally blown up into my face," early last year after finding out about her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale's infidelity, and the surprise connection she made on set of the hit NBC show.
Stefani explained that she turned to music to help her heal, and created an entire album based off of only what she has experienced personally. But when it was time to leave the studio and get to her other job on The Voice, Stefani was struggling with keeping her marital issues, which had not gone public, to herself.
"I'm not a secret girl," she explained. "I tell everybody when my period is coming." (LOL!) However, there was someone else in those chairs who could relate very well to what Gwen was going through, and she found immense comfort in that.
Stefani tells NYT that Blake "had been going through literally the exact same thing in literally the exact same time frame," and that's when the love began to grow.
"We had anger, we had sadness, we had flirtation, we had sexy, and now we're madly in love," collaborator and songwriter Justin Tranter said of their creative process for the album. Stefani described the whole situation as "crazy," and added, "Never in my wildest, craziest dreams would I ever have seen this coming."
Aw, well you know what they say—it always happens when you least expect it.
The 46-year-old shares that singing about being happy is "so fresh" to her. "I needed something new to happen. And not just in my career, in my life. Something had to change."
She adds, "I'm not going to say I'm not still picking up the pieces and every day isn't a challenge," she said. "I'm still in shock. But it's an awesome time."
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