Blake Shelton Reveals What Inspired Him to Become a Stepdad to Gwen Stefani’s Sons

Blake Shelton Reveals What Inspired Him to Become a Stepdad to Gwen Stefani’s Sons
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Blake Shelton can't imagine his life without Gwen Stefani and he credits one special person for inspiring him to take the next step with her — becoming a second father to her kids.

During a recent appearance at the Country Radio Seminar, the Oklahoma native revealed how much being a dad to Kingston, Apollo and Zuma means to him. When Blake met Gwen on the set of The Voice in 2014, she had three sons with Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. Following their respective divorces the next year (Blake from Miranda Lambert and Gwen from Gavin), the country music singer knew that Gwen's sons were part of the package if they wanted to pursue a long-term relationship.

"I think Gwen thought when we first started seeing each other that it was just gonna be a moment in time because of that," he said. But Blake shared that his stepdad, Richard, showed him that bringing families together was possible. "My dad when he married my mom — my mom [already] had a baby, my brother, Richie," he continued. "He took Richie on and raised him from the time he was 1-year-old, and my brother never thought of my dad as anything other than his dad."

Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

After seeing his father embrace the role of a stepdad, The Voice coach got the confidence to be there for Gwen's kids in the same way. "The example that my dad set for me was that [child] was not even a consideration [in a romantic partnership]," Blake said. "You got three boys? Awesome! My dad did it. My dad raised me."

Though he experienced what it was like to be on the other end of that kind of parent-child relationship, he knew that it might come with its challenges. Still, Blake was determined to face it head on. "I could do this. I didn't know what I was signing up for, but I was all about signing up for it," he said. "Every day, I fall in love with the boys as much as I do with Gwen."

Now, seven years into their relationship (nearing their first year married!), Blake is thinking ahead of what life will be like. According to him, it's only a matter of time until he starts to slowly unwind and focus more of his attention on his loved ones.

"What I've been looking forward to doing for the last four or five years is eyeing that timeline, that part of my career, where I just need to start stripping some things away," he said. "You gotta get some life in there. [By] marrying Gwen, I've married into a family. She's got three boys ... and all of a sudden, you go, there's other stuff."

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