Blake Shelton's Mom Almost Caused Him to Give Up Singing

Nov 4, 2017 at 10:32 p.m. ET
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Blake Shelton admitted in a new interview with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that his mother was a "full-on stage mom" when he was a kid.

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In fact, she even entered Shelton, then 7, into beauty pageants to show off his talents.

"I hated it so much that I almost didn’t want to be a singer anymore," Shelton explained, adding that other kids made fun of him. "I was like, ‘Mom, I’m good. I don’t like singing. I changed my mind.’ It’s embarrassing! You get beat up when you go to school."

Hey, at least she tried to support his dreams.

Luckily, Shelton didn't give up on singing, though he did ditch the pageants. Instead, he moved to Nashville when he was just 17 and released his first single, "Austin," at 25.

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Shelton also talked about the other leading lady in his life, Gwen Stefani. Many of the songs on Shelton's new album, Texoma Shore, are about Stefani.

"What are we, the Partridge Family or something?” Shelton joked when Ripa and Seacrest asked if Shelton and Stefani sing to each other around the house.

Even though they don't, that doesn't mean they don't write songs for each other.

"She was there when I was recording a lot of [Texoma Shore] in Oklahoma. So, she would hear this stuff as it was going down," Shelton told Seth Meyers on his Wednesday appearance on Late Night. "I remember when I wrote this song and then recorded it, I was like, 'Oh yeah, here’s another one,' because I didn’t want to say ['It’s about you']… it’s embarrassing! I mean, come on. You don’t want to be like, 'Hey, I wrote a song about you.' But I did write a song about her!"

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The two have been together now for about two years. First love songs and then wedding bells, right?