Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani's Mismatched 2023 CMTs Looks Don't Help Trouble In Paradise Rumors

There's apparently already trouble in paradise between Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani nearly three years after tying the knot.

The pair have been known to exhibit their own brand of PDA at public events since they struck up a romance almost a decade ago. But in February 2023, RadarOnline reported that the spark between them seems to be gone. "They looked miserable," an insider noted after seeing the couple at NASCAR's Busch Light Clash event, continuing, "Things just seemed really tense." Meanwhile, a source close to both of them dished that they have been fighting quite frequently, with their close circle starting to be concerned about the future of their marriage. "It seems like they argue constantly now — they've even slept in separate bedrooms after particularly bad fights," they said. The source adds, "Friends are worried Gwen and Blake are falling out of love." What's more, the source went on to reveal that, although the pair seem lovey-dovey, that's because they've apparently learned to "play it sweet for the cameras as when they were both coaches."

Now at the 2023 CMT Awards, the duo showed up to the red carpet wearing oddly mismatched outfits, which may or may not prove that there's indeed trouble brewing between them.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani didn't look on the same page

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani just showed up at the 2023 CMT Awards red carpet for the first time as a married couple, but their outfits suggest otherwise. While both musicians were sporting suits, they looked anything but cohesive, with Shelton donning his signature jeans and leather shoes, while Stefani was decked out with fishnet stockings, a glitter skirt, and furry knee-high boots. It's either a fashion faux pas or a lack of coordination between the two — who can really tell?

Only time will tell if the two will really end up going their separate ways, but Shelton may still have time to save their relationship. After all, he quit "The Voice" to focus on his family. "If I walked away from my career at this time, the only thing that I run the risk of is having regrets that I'm missing out on some more important things in life," he told People about his retirement. He added, "For now, that's our kids. This isn't about me anymore and never will be again."

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani didn't hit it off right away

As it turns out, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's first meeting wasn't a case of love at first sight — not even close. In fact, during their first meeting, Stefani had no idea who Shelton was, even though they worked in the same industry.

"I'm gonna be brutally honest. When I first came on 'The Voice', I didn't know that Blake even existed really in the world," she told NBC. It wasn't until she looked him up that she discovered what her future husband was really about. "But then I did my homework and I could see that he was an amazing songwriter, and then I could see everybody falling in love with him."

On the other hand, Shelton had difficulty establishing a connection with Stefani when they first met, as she was preoccupied with her young children. "The season that I met Gwen, I really didn't even get to talk to her that much," the singer shared on the "CMT Hot 20 Countdown." He added, "She'd just had a baby, and as soon as we'd cut or whatever, she would be gone out with her baby." But it wasn't an isolated case, as pretty much everyone else found it tough to forge a relationship with her at the start. "None of us really got a chance to talk to her that much. Just some hellos here or there," he recalled. But when the two finally got close, they became inseparable.

Where Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani stand today

It wasn't until Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani got divorced from their previous spouses that their relationship was able to blossom. In fact, their respective splits brought the two together and turned them into confidantes, bonding over their shared experience. "It was the most unlikely situation to ever happen," Stefani shared in an interview with Howard Stern, underscoring how "it was an incredible gift to be able to have a friend." She added, "it was just unbelievable that god would put us in the position to have each other at that moment, in the exact same moment."

It didn't take too long before the two artists fell in love with each other, and by 2021, they were Mr. and Mrs. Shelton. And per the "God's Country" singer himself, he can't imagine being with anyone else. "The relationship that we have is so natural and so normal. This feels like the easiest thing I've ever been a part of," he told People. "To me, she's my best friend and everything that I need and lean on."

Stefani is on the same page, too. "Finding a best friend, someone that is on the same plane when it comes to morals, or just the way you look at life, that's the dream," she shared on "The Drew Barrymore Show," explaining that while they seem to be complete opposites, their relationship just works. "We're so different, yet we're so the same on so many levels."