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Blake Shelton Shares Insights on the Significance and Challenges of Being a Stepdad to Gwen Stefani’s Kids”

For more than two decades, Blake Shelton has captivated fans across the country with his music. From performing hits like “God’s Country,” “Ol’ Red,” to “Some Beach,” the singer not only garnered several Grammy Award nominations, including two for Best Country Album, but also found success as a coach on the popular show The Voice, winning the competition a remarkable nine times. Despite understanding the pressures of the spotlight, Shelton recently opened up about one of the most significant aspects of his life – being a stepdad to Gwen Stefani’s children.

Married to Stefani in 2021, the singer embraced not only her but also her three sons, Zuma (15), Apollo (9), and Kingston (17). Speaking with CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Shelton shared with host Cody Alan, “I take enjoyment in all of it; I also stress out a lot about it. It is important to me, and I don’t want to be the guy that advised them to do the wrong thing somehow.”


Demonstrating the earnestness with which he approaches his role as a stepfather, Shelton emphasized, “I take that responsibility seriously; it’s about the only thing I do take pretty seriously in my life. Obviously, everybody out there watching that’s got a kid knows what I’m talking about. There’s not that one thing that I can put my finger on; there are things every day.”

Blake Shelton Is More Than A Country Singer

Navigating the role of a stepfather and learning along the way, Shelton shared his experience of watching Kingston perform on stage for the first time, deeming it the “most nerve-wracking music experience I’ve had in 20 years.” Both Stefani and Shelton had observed Kingston honing his musical talents, and they believed that debuting at Shelton’s Ole Red in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, with its moderately sized venue, was an ideal starting point. Acknowledging the unpredictability of social media, Shelton admitted, “It just takes that one person there with their phone, which is totally fine, by the way. It just got a lot more attention than we thought it would. But, thank God, he did a great job.”

Never missing an opportunity to express his love for Stefani and their family, Shelton, in 2022, commended her children for unveiling a side of himself he never knew existed. “They’ve taught me something about myself that I never knew: I’m more than just a country singer or a goofy guy. I’m someone they actually lean on, and that’s not a responsibility that I ever had and not something that I ever considered even being into.” Continuing, he added, “It’s a different kind of self-worth. Maybe it’s the opposite of self-worth because you put yourself way down on the rung, and they move up ahead of you.”

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