Gwen Stefani opens up about Blake Shelton and how he 'saved' her

Mar 15, 2016 at 6:52 p.m. ET

If everything that's been said about the end of Gwen Stefani's marriage is true, the poor woman definitely could have used a knight in shining armor. Enter Blake Shelton.

Amid rumors that her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale cheated on her with their nanny for years — rumors that she has stopped just short of confirming, but come on — Stefani made the most personal album of her career. With heartbreaking melodies like "Used to Love You," you feel every ounce of her pain. But then comes along a sweet little ditty like "Make Me Like You" — an obvious nod to Shelton — and we see there is life beyond the pain. Stefani credits her new beau with that feeling.

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"I think that when you go through what I went through, or what I'm still going through, you think you're hopeless," she told Refinery 29. "You don't know what's going to happen. You panic. It was a really super-unexpected gift to find a friend, somebody who happened to be going through the exact same thing as me, literally mirroring my experience. I don't think it's an accident that that happened. It saved me."

But she says they are not influencing each other's sound musically — in other words, she is not thinking about releasing a country album anytime soon.

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"I didn't have any kind of musical direction for this album. Every song was written around emotions," she said. "Of course [our relationship] was an influence. Musically, no. Every song was written purely out of whatever my heart was going through at that moment. And we would create whatever music we needed to support that. There was no, 'I want to make a reggae song or a hip-hop song.' It was all about, how do I get this out? How do I capture it? And how does it make me feel better?"

The pair is rumored to have collaborated on a duet, to be released on Shelton's upcoming album, said to be slated for a May release.

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