Country singer Blake Shelton has announced he will give up being on "The Voice" starting next year to focus on raising a family with his wife Gwen Stefani. The announcement was made by the 46-year-old in an interview this week.
During the interview with People, Shelton spoke about how raising his three stepsons — ages 8, 14, and 16 — has changed him as a person.
“They’ve taught me something about myself that I never knew: I’m more than just a country singer or a goofy guy,” he said. “I’m someone they actually lean on, and that’s not a responsibility that I ever had and not something that I ever considered even being into.”
Shelton announced his retirement from the show back in October. He and his wife have spent their careers touring and being on the road and are looking forward to enjoying time at home.
“The holdup over the years has been that it’s a hard thing for me to let go of,” Shelton said after being on the show for more than a decade. “I’ve been here literally since the first minute. When I started on ‘The Voice,’ that was 10 years into my career as a country artist. I never really made it to the A-level of country artists until I became a coach. The show did a hell of a lot more for me than I brought to the table at the time. I’ve far exceeded anything I thought I could ever accomplish in the entertainment world.”
Before meeting Shelton, Stefani was resigned to a life of being lonely.
“God just put us together. It was like one of those miracle situations where I didn’t see it coming,” Stefani said. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna wake up every day. I’m gonna have a coffee. I’m gonna take care of my kids, and then I’m gonna go to bed.’ Like I’m never gonna kiss anyone. I thought my life was over, and then Blake Shelton was like, ‘Hey. I’m Blake Shelton.’”
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