Blake Shelton Says He’s ‘Getting Softer’ After Marrying Gwen Stefani

Three months after marrying Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton says he’s a changed man.  The superstar showcased a kind gesture to…


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October 12, 2021


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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani; Photo by Connie Chronuk, ABC 1

Three months after marrying Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton says he’s a changed man. 

The superstar showcased a kind gesture to fellow The Voice coach Ariana Grande during Monday’s episode of the hit show by offering up a box of tissues when she became emotional. Grade was taken aback by Shelton’s kindness as he’s normally focused on himself throughout the competition. 

“I’ve been thinkin’ about you,” Shelton told Grade. “After this season you won’t ever need these again. You’ll get over it. You’ll become callous like us three.”

“This is so sweet,” Grade replied, as fellow coach Kelly Clarkson interjected by saying, “That’s a nice gesture.”

John Legend was also surprised. “Look at this guy. There is a heart in there,” he joked. 

Shelton insisted that his recent marriage to Stefani has had a positive impact on him. 

“Look, I’m married now. I’m soft. I’m getting softer,” he shared. 

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani Wedding; Photo via Instagram

Shelton will soon put his softer side on full display when he releases “We Can Reach The Stars,” a track he co-wrote with Craig Wiseman to sing to Stefani on their wedding day. 

The song served as Shelton’s vows and was truly a special moment during the ceremony. 

In a recent interview with Storme Warren on The Storme Warren Show on SiriusXM’s The Highway, Shelton detailed his decision to write a song for his wedding vows and shared how Wiseman helped him craft a song for his bride. 

“I had written a song. And as soon as I knew that that’s what we were going to do. I started trying to write a song because that’s kind of the opposite of what she would have expected me to do,” Shelton explained to Warren.

Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Photo via Instagram
Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Photo via Instagram

He went on to share that he doesn’t “write that many songs anymore” because “it’s like pulling teeth” but said that he decided to try to write a song for Gwen because it’s something she wouldn’t have expected. 

“So I started writing this song and, uh, and I can only get so far with it. ‘Cause I didn’t want it to just be something for that moment. I wanted it to be something that, uh, was, was bigger and I saw I needed help,” he said. “And so I called Craig, Craig Wiseman. I said ‘Craig, you got to help me with this thing. Like, I’m not joking around here.’” 

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Although the song was personal, Shelton said it’s also broad enough for others to relate to, which is why he is ultimately deciding to release it. 

“I think it’s something I want to share because I’m really proud of it,” Shelton said at the time. “And I’m, I, you know, to me, a marriage, a ceremony is you’re not keeping it private when you get married to somebody you’re announcing to the world, ‘Hey, this is my wife, just so everybody knows.’ That’s why we wear these rings. You know, this is where we’re together now. And, and I feel that way about the song. It’s like, it is a, uh, you know, for me something that I want people to hear and know, and because I’m, I’m proud to be married to Gwen and so proud of that song.”

“We Can Reach The Stars” will appear on Shelton’s forthcoming Deluxe Edition of Body Language, which will be released on December 3. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.