No matter how mainstream he gets, Blake Shelton will never be your typical Hollywood star.
In fact, he still prefers his native Oklahoma to Los Angeles, even though he spends six months out of the year on the West Coast filming “The Voice,” the show that made Shelton a household name.
In an interview with Men’s Journal for the August issue, the “Red River Blues” singer shows his consistent distaste for L.A., regretfully admitting he has a friend who calls him “Big City” and that he’s refused to buy a L.A. home.
“That would mean I’d have to be a resident,” he told the magazine. “And I can’t bring myself to do that.”
Shelton, 37, also reveals he doesn’t like sushi, doesn’t do yoga and has only driven in L.A. three times.
“I’m a slug in L.A. I literally leave the show, go to the house, and shut the gate,” he added.
The cultural differences shock Shelton and he’ll always be a down-home country boy at heart.
“I see a deer in L.A., and everybody’s standing around it taking pictures,” he said. ”Back home, that’s the enemy!”
Shelton, who married fellow country star Miranda Lambert in 2011, also talks about his rise to music stardom, which began when he moved to Nashville right after high school, and his father’s death last year to lung disease.
“It got to the point where he was choking to death,” Shelton said. “One day the doctor came in, and Dad said, ‘Can you make me go to sleep and not wake up?’”
Now, Shelton lives 45 minutes from his hometown, with the closest Walmart 15 miles away. He goes home every chance he gets and compares the rush of coming home to charging a cell phone.
Somehow, the image of a cowboy with an iPhone oddly works in Shelton’s case.