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Blake Shelton recently recalled the first time he met his now-wife Gwen Stefani, saying she “wasn’t like any other famous person.” The former “The Voice” judge spoke about his wife while giving a speech at Stefani’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony where he said, “The first time that I ever met Gwen was in 2014. She wasn’t like any other famous person I had ever met before.” Shelton recounted his first impressions of Stefani saying, “She drove herself to work in a black minivan with car seats in it. She didn’t roll in with security. She came in with a baby and two little boys – which at the time worked like security because at the time no one was going near [her]. It was chaos.” He continued, “It was clear to me that she was a mother first and foremost over anything else in the world. That was her No. 1 job. Now, standing here almost 10 years later, after I first met her, I can say without question that being a mother is still the most important thing in her life. I got to tell you all that’s rare in this business.” The country star praised Stefani on her songwriting and performing skills saying, “Gwen has blessed a lot of people’s lives…You deserve this, and I love you.”


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Shelton and Stefani first met while they were judges on “The Voice.” They began dating in 2015 and tied the knot in 2021. The pair has been open about their relationship, Stefani saying in an interview that she didn’t see it coming at all. “I didn’t see any of this coming with Blake. This was just a big old ‘What?’” Stefani said of their relationship. “When I met Blake, that’s when I felt home. Like, ‘Oh, this is where I’m supposed to be, with this guy.’ It’s so true, and it was so automatic. This is such an amazing gift to experience love like that for the first time…He changed my life.” Shelton is now stepdad to Stefani’s three sons: Kingston, Zuma and Apollo. He spoke about his role as stepdad in their lives saying, “That’s a scary moment for me because it’s one thing for me to be with the kids all the time and be their buddy, but you do have to consider after a while that they start to listen to things that you say. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that.”

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