Although an unlikely duo, no celebrity couple has fascinated us quite like Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. Who would have thought a punk rock queen and fashionista like the No Doubt frontwoman and a country music king would fall in love? But their love story is actually adorable and it all began on the set of The Voice in 2014. From their love songs to their recent engagement (yes, he finally proposed!), here is a complete timeline of Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's relationship.
- Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani met as co-judges on NBC's The Voice in 2014.
- They began dating in 2015 after bonding over their recent divorces.
- Throughout their relationship, the singers have released several duets together like the chart-topping country hit "Nobody Like You," and, most recently, "Happy Anywhere."
- On October 27, 2020, Blake and Gwen announced their engagement after Blake proposed in Oklahoma just a few days before.
April 29, 2014: Gwen Joins The Voice
Although both famous musicians, their worlds finally collided when Gwen joined season nine of NBC's The Voice as a coach. She sat alongside fellow coaches Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, and of course, Blake Shelton.
July 20, 2015: Blake and Miranda Lambert Divorce
In July of 2015, country music power couple Blake and wife Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage. They said in a statement, "We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter."
August 5, 2015: Gwen and Gavin Rossdale Divorce
The following month Gwen and then-husband Gavin Rossdale announced the end of their marriage after 13 years together. During their marriage, the couple welcomed three children: Kingston, Apollo, and Zuma. The couple also released a statement saying, "While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment."
October 27, 2015: Late-Night TV Performance
Both newly single, Gwen and Blake joined their fellow Voice co-stars in an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Performing a duet of Drake's hit single "Hotline Bling," there was clear chemistry between Gwen and Blake on stage, prompting fans to wonder if the co-stars had coupled up.
November 2, 2015: PDA-Filled Halloween
Later that weekend, the singers were spotted at several star-studded Halloween parties, including George Clooney's and Jared Leto's. While they didn't arrive at the events together, sources witnessed major PDA from the pair and even spotted them leaving together at the end of the night, per E! News.
November 4, 2015: Officially Dating
On November 4, 2015, Gwen and Blake confirmed their romance rumors. Blake's rep said at the time, "Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating." The couple later revealed that they initially bonded over their respective divorces, which were both occurring at the same time.
February 28, 2016: Red Carpet Appearance
A pivotal moment for famous couples, Gwen and Blake didn't make their red carpet debut together until the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2016. With Gwen in a revealing red gown and Blake in his signature suit jacket and jeans, the duo was all smiles as they arrived hand-in-hand.
May 9, 2016: The First Duet
Gwen and Blake performed what would later become the first of many duets at the Billboard Music Awards in 2016. The couple took the stage to perform their song, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," which they wrote together.
July 28, 2016: "Gwen Saved My Life"
During his cover story for Billboard's August 2016 issue, Blake opened up about his early romance with Gwen and even credited the No Doubt sing with saving his life. "She didn't tell me much, because we didn't know each other at the time, but she said, 'I'm going through something very similar to what you're going through. I understand. And I hate it,'" Blake recalled after he shared news of his divorce with The Voice cast. "That's kind of how our friendship and bond started, that day. It went from that, to checking in on each other once a week through email—'This shit happened to me, what happened to you?'—to maybe three times a week, then every day, to 'Hey, here's my phone number if you ever want to text.' Next thing I know, I wake up and she's all I care about, and I'm wondering if she feels the same about me."
He continued, "Gwen saved my life. Who else on earth could understand going through a high-profile divorce from another musician? You can't even imagine the similarities in our divorce."
September 23, 2016: When's the Wedding?
Just a year into their relationship, the singer and country musician were already the subject of engagement rumors. Even Ellen Degeneres asked Gwen about their wedding date, to which Gwen replied, "I'll let you know."
December 4, 2017: A Christmas Duet
Although not a coach on The Voice that year, Gwen made an appearance on the show to perform her holiday duet with Blake, "You Make It Feel Like Christmas." The song, which was initially written by Stefani, marked their second duet together. "She was so excited," Blake recalled to People of Gwen sharing the song with him for the first time. "I love seeing her that happy. She's so happy when she’s writing and just hearing that in her voice and how into it she was, I just couldn’t stop thinking about (it) so I got my guitar out and thought, 'I wonder if I could help her in some way?'"
April 10, 2018: More Wedding Rumors
When Gwen appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show in April 2018 to announce her upcoming Las Vegas residency, she was of course peppered with engagement and wedding-related questions by the host. "I'm just confirming what the tabloids are saying, which is that y'all are getting married," Degeneres joked. While the singer brushed it off, Gwen did admit that she thinks about marriage all the time.
November 20, 2018: You Make It Feel Like Christmas
A year after releasing their holiday duet, "You Make It Feel Like Christmas," the couple teamed up for a very festive music video.
September 2019: Who Is Blake Shelton?
In September 2019, Gwen revealed to Andy Cohen that she had surprisingly never heard of Blake before meeting him on The Voice in 2014. “I can’t imagine before, I didn’t even know he existed, like before the show," she admitted. "I didn’t even know he was a human being on this planet, and I didn’t know much about country…He is literally a country jukebox. He knows every single song forever, he’s incredible like that. But I just love that we’re from different genres.”
January 21, 2020: Nobody But You
Blake and Gwen kicked off a new decade with the release of their third duet, "Nobody But You," which appeared on Blake's recent album, Fully Loaded: God's Country. The moving song (which was all about their love for each other!) was a quick hit with fans and topped the country music charts. On January 21, the couple performed the ballad live at the Grammy Awards.
July 24, 2020: They're Happy Anywhere
The couple quarantined together during the COVID-19 pandemic—an experience that became the inspiration for their latest duet, "Happy Anywhere." "Even though Gwen and I just had a single out we decided that, under the circumstances, this year...man, there’s never been a better time for 'Happy Anywhere,'" Blake said in a press release. "We’ve all been in quarantine and lockdown, and hopefully we've been doing that with somebody that we really love and enjoy being around. That’s what happened with Gwen and me this summer—and this entire year."
October 2020: Gwen Is Back On The Voice
After serving as a coach for seasons 7, 9, 12, and 17, Gwen returned to The Voice for season 19, rejoining her beau on the hit show.
October 27, 2020: Finally Engaged
Five years into their relationship, Blake and Gwen announced their engagement. "Yes please," Gwen captioned the Instagram announcement, which featured the couple kissing and the singer flashing her new bling.
April 2021: We Can Hear the Wedding Bells
Wedding bells could be in Blake and Gwen's near future. On April 1, Shelton joined Hoda Kotb as a surprise co-host on NBC News' Today With Hoda & Jenna and he revealed that he and Gwen might be tying to knot sooner rather than later: this summer.
"With COVID-19, it looks like it may be OK, but I don't know. So, that's tentatively the plan. We'll see," he said. "I'm afraid if she and I wait until next November, then I'm right back into The Voice cycle again. And I really want to be able to have plenty of time before and after."
And some of their musician friends may be playing at the wedding, like the couple's good pal Adam Levine, who said he'd be happy to play if he's asked (although he jokingly added that they "can't afford" him.)
“I'd love to be able to take everybody up on their offer and have this amazing concert wedding," said Blake. "But we're just waiting every day, just like everybody else, to see what our summer is going to look like and then go from there."
He added, "You know, it's starting to sound like a Coachella lineup here all of a sudden."