Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have been together for over seven years after connecting on
The Voice following their respective divorces. But prior to their engagement and marriage, the couple gave fans plenty of inside looks at their relationship, and haven’t been afraid to be open about their feelings for one another.
Shelton once said that the “Sweet Escape” singer “saved” his life. “When you have a broken heart — at least, when I do — you got to get it out of your system. You want people to sympathize with you. I was at rock bottom, in the middle of hell,”
he explained to Billboard in 2016. “Gwen saved my life. Who else on earth could understand going through a high-profile divorce from another musician?” It’s safe to assume that Stefani feels the same about him. “When you're going through a really tough time, there are people that come in your life, like a friend that can help you get through things, and he's definitely one of those people. That's it,” she told Haute Living the same year. Timing is everything, isn’t it?
Still, it’s important to remember that the pair’s friendship predates their relationship, and their road to love includes the time they spent on
The Voice set, a Drake cover on national television, and even Halloween parties. Here, we break down Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's relationship timeline, packed with plenty of Instagram posts, duets, and time on The Voice set. April 2014: Stefani Joins The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Carson Daly in 2014. NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images November 2014: Costar Selfie Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in 2014. Gwen Stefani Instagram July 2015: Shelton & Miranda Lambert Divorce Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton in 2011. Frank Trapper/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
In July, Shelton and
Miranda Lambert filed for divorce. “This is not the future we envisioned,” they announced in an official statement to the Associated Press. “It is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends, and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.” August 2015: Stefani & Gavin Rossdale Divorce Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale in 2010. Fairchild Archive/Penske Media/Getty Images
Not a long time later,
Stefani filed for divorce from Rossdale. In a joint statement, they explained: “While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment.” October 2015: Getting Cozy On Halloween Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani in 2015. NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images
In October, after their respective divorces, they both appeared on
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they performed Drake’s song “Hotline Bling.” Though they weren’t overtly obvious, fans couldn't help but notice their palpable chemistry. Later that month, Stefani and Shelton were seen leaving a Halloween Party together, further sparking dating rumors. Then, E! released some exclusive pictures where the couple could be seen holding and hugging each other at another Halloween Party. It was getting harder and harder to deny that something was going on.
Then, in an interview for “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” Seacrest asked Stefani about the Halloween pictures. Stefani didn’t immediately confirm their relationship, but she joked that she “thinks he’s hot,” and proceeded to explain how they got close. “To be super honest, it is kind of crazy we both went through the same thing at the same time,” she said about their respective divorces. Then,
reps for Shelton confirmed to E! News that the singers were indeed together. December 2015: Selfie From The Voice Set Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine in 2015. Gwen Stefani Twitter
With nothing to hide, posts on social media became more and more frequent — and funny.
Stefani shared a picture on Twitter where Shelton seems to be biting her shoulder. A weird modality of PDA, but still endearing. February 2016: Red Carpet Debut Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in 2016. Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images
Stefani and Shelton made their red carpet debut as a couple at the
Vanity Fair 2016 Oscars afterparty. Years later reflecting on the night, Stefani said seeing the pictures bring her joy. “That melts me when I see it, because it's, like, such a memory for me. A good one,” she told Kelly Clarkson on her talk show in 2022. May 2016: “Go Ahead And Break My Heart” Drops Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in 2019. David Crotty/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images October 2017: Adam Levine Approves Of Their Romance Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton in 2017. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images Adam Levine, who got to see the relationship flourish as he worked with the couple, joked in an interview with Howard Stern that they were “so in love it's disgusting.” The Maroon 5 singer added, “I see it every day. I have a pretty unique perspective on it, and it’s real, man. I’m so affectionate and gross with my wife — this is a whole other level of vomit. They’re so in love. It’s really nice.” December 2017: “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” Drops Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in 2017. Gwen Stefani / YouTube
Later that year, they released another song together, called “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” In December,
they performed it together, showing just how much in love they were. June 2018: Shelton Supports Stefani At Las Vegas Residency Show Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in 2018. Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Shelton went to the opening night of Stefani’s Las Vegas residency, showing his support for his girlfriend. It didn’t go unnoticed — the “Rich Girl” singer gave him a shout-out during her show. “I see a lot of admiring eyes on my sparkles. I know, it’s ridiculous,” Stefani told the crowd, as per
. “You don’t know what it's like to wear a cowgirl costume right in front of Blake Shelton. It’s like my fantasy come true.” PEOPLE May 2019: Engagement Rumors Start Swirling Blake Shelton and Ellen DeGeneres in 2019. The Ellen DeGeneres Show
In May 2019,
Ellen DeGeneres gave Shelton a giant clock with a picture of him and Stefani as an encouragement for him to propose to his girlfriend. “So you're saying ...there's a chance she’s going to ask me to marry her? You’re saying with this clock,” he responded after accepting the gift, joking that he was making it Stefani’s responsibility. “Now that she knows that you’re waiting for her to ask, now that she sees this, she’ll ask you,” DeGeneres promised. December 2019: They Release “Nobody But You”
Before the end of 2019, Stefani appeared on Shelton’s compilation album
Fully Loaded: God's Country to sing “Nobody But You” together. The lyrics appeared to allude to their relationship. They released the music video the following month, where they share glimpses of their sweet relationship: cuddling up, eating french fries together, and playing with Shelton’s dog. October 2020: Stefani Says Yes! Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in 2020. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
After 5 years together, Stefani and Shelton took to their respective Instagram accounts on Oct. 27 to
announce their engagement. “@blakeshelton yes please!” the No Doubt singer wrote alongside a photo of them kissing as she flashed her brand new ring. Shelton shared the same photo to his feed, thanking his fiancée for bringing some light to what's so far been a less-than-fantastic year. “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020,” he wrote. “And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!” July 2021: Stefani & Shelton Tie The Knot
On July 3,
Stefani and Shelton got married. She shared some photos from their big day on Instagram on July 5, including Stefani’s Vera Wang gown and a shot of them and their decadent cake from their private celebration. The nuptials took place on Shelton’s Oklahoma ranch, and The Voice host Carson Daly officiated the ceremony. As for their first dance? “If You Leave” from the Pretty In Pink soundtrack. May 2022: Stefani Returns To The Voice Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in 2022. NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images
Stefani returned to where it all began for the 22nd season of
. She The Voice announced her return in a TikTok dueting Shelton and fellow Voice judge John Legend. “ #duet this if you’re going to be a Coach on #TheVoice this fall,” she wrote. This marked the first time the judges were on the show together since they got married. September 2022: Stefani Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
Stefani stepped onstage at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time in 2022 — and received two standing ovations. She and Shelton sang their duets “Nobody but You” and “Happy Anywhere,” according to
PEOPLE . Shelton shared a video on Instagram celebrating his wife. “I am absolutely beside myself right now,” he gushed. “That was an incredible moment to witness.” December 2022: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Performance Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani in 2022. NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images
Stefani and Shelton took the stage together at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony to perform “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” their 2017 holiday song.
March 2023: Shelton’s Final Season Of The Voice Premieres Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani in 2022. NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images Shelton’s final season as a coach on The Voice premiered on March 6. He appeared on the show for 23 seasons since the start and said that the show will always feel like home to him. “This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me. It’s been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns,” he said in a statement. “It takes a lot of work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week.”
Stefani didn’t join him in the chairs for his final season, but Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage. Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan also joined
The Voice judges panel.
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 26, 2020