Odd things about Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's relationship

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are always together: at work on The Voice, in the recording studio for duets like "Go Ahead And Break My Heart," and just about everywhere else. The couple seem awfully in love, but there are a few strange facets to their hyper-public relationship. Here are a few of the weirdest things about this pairing.

The timing was suspicious

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorced in July 2015. Gwen Stefani filed for divorce from Gavin Rossdale in August 2015. Stefani and Shelton went public with their romance in October 2015. Neither Lambert nor Rossdale reportedly believed that the timing of their relationship was coincidental.

Sources close to Rossdale told TMZ that he thinks Stefani accused him of cheating with the family nanny to cover up her own indiscretions with Shelton, and that he sensed something was up between his ex-wife and the country crooner for a while before the divorce—and that she feared Rossdale would "take her to the cleaners" in their split settlement if he found out about their relationship sooner.

Meanwhile, Lambert insider told E! News, "She was not surprised to hear of the romance between Blake and Gwen. They were always pretty flirty. Miranda and Blake were on the rocks on and off and knew that this could always be a possibility."

They won't shut up about it

Ever since Shelton and Stefani came out as a couple, it's all either of them talks about. They've each given countless interviews and sound bytes about the relationship, with Stefani even dedicating her own Glamour Women Of The Year award to Shelton for "kissing her back to life," despite being in the entertainment industry and shattering rock n' roll glass ceilings for about 20 years on her own without his help. While it's great that these two are so smitten, it's unusual for a celebrity couple to be this publicly over the top about their romance, especially so early on.

It could be a PR stunt...

Stefani and Shelton both had new records come out shortly after going very public with their relationship. They're both on a hit NBC show that has solid ratings, but has failed to produce a successful artist from its ranks. Shelton may have needed an image makeover after his split from Lambert, because, well, everyone in the country world loved them together (and he was accused of cheating with singer Cady Groves). Stefani may not have wanted to be seen as a scorned woman, so nabbing a new man quickly helps her keep her image as a hot heartthrob. There's a lot of mutual benefits from the pair being so open about their relationship, and neither has shied away from the publicity that their pairing has generated.

...And they both hinted that the relationship is good for press

Even Stefani and Shelton themselves realize how ridiculous their relationship can seem to the outside world. In November 2015, just days after going public at a Halloween party, Stefani told Ryan Seacrest (via People), "I think that NBC did that. Two divorced people at the same time." In May 2016, Shelton told DJ Bobby Bones (via People) of his album If I'm Honest…, "I just want to tell the truth about what happened [in the divorce from Lambert]…I figure since everybody else is cashing in on my life, I might as well get some of that too."

They mix business with pleasure in a big way

Stefani and Shelton keep the PDA going on The Voice pretty constantly. In March 2017, Shelton offered to propose to Stefani on the show, which she said would be "a dream come true." They're constantly flirting on air. The Voice producer Mark Burnett told People in September 2016, "I had no idea by coming to work on a fun music show they would find the loves of their life, and the light exploded and they are happier than you can imagine. We are all thrilled to be their friends and see the happiness."

Still, it's not all roses and PDA behind the scenes. A production source told Radar Online, "Gwen and Blake are actually becoming really competitive with each other this season and it is quite fun to watch. Whereas they used to help each other and kind of be on the same team, they are both really out to win it this time around…They have been arguing a lot backstage when the cameras are not rolling. Blake and Gwen are not calling each other cutesy names like they used to and they are not acting all lovey-dovey like they have been in the past!"

Previously, Stefani and Shelton were both rumored to want out of their contracts, but they both seem to want to stick around as long as they're together.

Their colleagues side-eye them somewhat

Even Shelton and Stefani's fellow Voice coach Adam Levine thinks their pairing is bizarre. "If you had told me Gwen Stefani was going to be with Blake Shelton, I would have told you were out of your f**king mind," the Maroon 5 frontman told Howard Stern. "But it's so wrong, that it's right." He added, "It's super crazy, you think to yourself — you're sitting in these chairs, and you're like, 'They're having sex with each other!' It's weird. It's like a dynamic shift, because you're just, like, it's wild."

He met her kids really early on

If the relationship started in late October 2015 as Shelton and Stefani claimed, the fact that he met her sons (Kingston, 10, Zuma, 8, and Apollo, 3) by December 2015 is somewhat shocking. Thankfully, the relationship seems to be working out and her boys love Shelton. A source told People, "Blake loves kids and has been having a lot of fun when he spends time with Gwen's kids. They adore him."

They began discussing marriage right away

Stefani and Shelton's relationship has moved at lightning speed.

In August 2016, just a year after Stefani filed for divorce from Rossdale, sources told People that she and Shelton were discussing wedding plans. "Rumors are circulating in their circle that they've begun preparations for a wedding," the source said. "There's no date set, but they're planning ahead and having fun talking about it…It seems the timing [for an engagement] just hasn't been right, but Gwen is very, very happy with Blake. She always acts giddy when she talks about Blake."

Indeed, the pair were said to have hired wedding planner Jerri Woolworth, who's planned events for the NFL and CMA Awards, and by November 2016, they were said to be finalizing wedding arrangements. As of March 2017, they haven't yet tied the knot…but watch this space. (Or The Voice, because, well, we doubt they'd turn down that press.)

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