Blake Shelton is opening-up about his relationship with fellow coach on “The Voice,” Gwen Stefani, and his former wife Miranda Lambert. He sat down with Billboard, so talk about the album, If I’m Honest, that was inspired from the heartbreak and mending.
“You can learn some facts of my divorce. Maybe not specifics, but you can get a general idea about it. It is my divorce record, but maybe even more than that, it’s my happy, falling-in-love record too,” Blake says about ‘If I’m Honest.’
The turmoil of his divorce from Miranda, put him in an unfamiliar place. Two very well-known people going through a very public split, dragging the dirty laundry all over social media.
“I won’t forget that day,” he says. “I looked over at Gwen — who I didn’t really know — and she had these huge tears in her eyes. I thought, ‘Wow, she feels super bad for me!’ I thought it was going to be another one of those things-are-going-to-be-OK talks,” he recalls. “She didn’t tell me much, because we didn’t know each other at the time, but she said, ‘I’m going through something very similar to what you’re going through. I understand. And I hate it.’ That’s kind of how our friendship and bond started, that day. It went from that, to checking in on each other once a week through email — ‘This shit happened to me, what happened to you?’ — to maybe three times a week, then every day, to ‘Hey, here’s my phone number if you ever want to text.’ Next thing I know, I wake up and she’s all I care about, and I’m wondering if she feels the same about me. Gwen saved my life. Who else on earth could understand going through a high-profile divorce from another musician? You can’t even imagine the similarities in our divorces.”
In the end, Blake Shelton is still Blake Shelton. A country guy, who happens to be dating a very not-country girl.
“I am who I am. Sometimes that gets mistaken for ‘Blake Shelton is an asshole.’ I’m not. I just don’t want to be dishonest with anybody,” Blake says, and he’s not really worried about the repercussions of his candidness. “You know what?” he says with a shrug. “I already made it. I’m too old to worry about it anymore.”