Blake Shelton talks being a stepfather and the example his own father set for him

'Every day I've fallen in love with the boys as much as I do with Gwen.'

March 02, 2022, 11:21 AM

Blake Shelton opened up on what it's been like taking on the role of being a stepfather to wife Gwen Stefani's three children.

During an appearance at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, the country artist opened up about his role as a stepparent to Stefani's three sons, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo, whom she shares with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale of the rock band Bush.

Shelton noted that when he and Stefani first started dating, she was concerned that her children would be a deal breaker in the relationship.

"I think Gwen thought when we first started seeing each other that it was just gonna be a moment in time because of that," he said.

But for Shelton, he says it had the opposite effect.

The country superstar shared that growing up, he had a model example of what it means to be a father figure from his own dad, Richard, who also served as a stepdad to his brother, Richie.

PHOTO: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attends The 62nd Annual Grammys Awards in Los Angeles, Jan. 26, 2020.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attends The 62nd Annual Grammys Awards in Los Angeles, Jan. 26, 2020.
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"My dad, when he married my mom -- my mom had a baby, my brother, Richie," he said. "And he took Richie on and raised him from the time he was 1 years old and my brother never thought of my dad as anything other than his dad."

He said his parents divorced and his dad later went on to remarry a women who already had kids, and he also acted as a stepfather to those children.

"The example that my dad set for me was that was not even a consideration. 'You got three boys? Awesome! My dad did it. My dad raised me. I could do this,'" Shelton explained. "I didn't know what I was signing up for, but I was all about signing up for it, and every day I've fallen in love with the boys as much as I do with Gwen."

Shelton and Stefani tied the knot during a ceremony on their property in Oklahoma in July 2021.

They met on the set of "The Voice" in 2014 when Stefani served as a coach in season seven.

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