Hey, y’all — it’s official! Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are definitely dating. Her rep confirmed their budding relationship to Us Weekly and, lest there be any doubt, his rep confirmed the coupling to E! News.
It’s not as though this comes as a huge surprise, of course. Rumors have been swirling about the two all season long and were only bolstered by the recent pics of the pair partying together over Halloween weekend.
Scanning comment sections and social media, it’s clear not everyone is pumped about the potential of this relationship. Some think it is too soon after the end of both parties’ marriages. Others simply consider them to be mismatched.
I’m of the other camp, though — I think Shelton and Stefani are sweet together. In full disclosure, I am a huge fan of Shelton, Stefani and their exes, Miranda Lambert and Gavin Rossdale. I genuinely wish the best for all of them, which is why I’m digging this new duo. Am I a hopeless romantic? Maybe. But hear me out! Here are a few reasons I’m crushin’ on these two.
1. He makes her laugh
Granted, Shelton makes everyone laugh. The man is hilarious! But if you watch The Voice, you know that Shelton really seems to have a grasp on the type of humor that tickles Stefani’s funny bone. And when you’re going through something difficult or heartbreaking in your life, what’s better than a little levity? After all, laughter is the best medicine.
2. Their chemistry is palpable
There’s a reason tongues have been wagging about these two for months — it’s nearly impossible to deny the spark between them. Sure, Stefani has a good rapport with fellow judges Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine. But the way she looks at Shelton is something special.
3. Friends make the best lovers
Some of the best relationships I’ve had in my life formed out of a strong friendship. Some of them turned into something long-term (like, for example, my husband). Others eventually returned to a friendship. The common thread, though, is that those friendship-based relationships are always so dynamic because you truly know and respect each other.
4. They both have a long history in the industry
He’s a little bit (OK, a lotta bit) country and she’s rock ‘n’ roll. Despite their different genres, these two have both been making music for many, many years. Shelton started strumming the guitar at the tender age of 12 and Stefani has been kickin’ it in No Doubt since 1986. It can’t be easy to be in the celebrity eye when you’re going through a heartbreak, so the fact that these two understand each other both professionally and personally has to make it a smidge easier.
5. We have no idea what they’ve been through
Lately, we’ve heard and/or read a lot about what could have gone on in Shelton and Stefani’s respective marriages. There are whispers of infidelity, resentment, conflicting schedules and a million other things that could have contributed to their ultimate breakups. The reality, though, is that we just don’t know. Perhaps they’ve both been burned and are finding comfort and solace in each other. Maybe they’re rebuilding their confidence.
6. It’s their prerogative
Here’s the big one — these two are grown, single adults. Are they newly single? Obviously. But, just like the rest of us, they are entitled to explore and have fun and live their lives to the fullest. And you know what? Both Shelton and Stefani strike me as people who want to squeeze the marrow out of theirs. Whether this turns out to be a rebound fling or something more, kudos to them for being brave enough to take a chance and put themselves out there again.