Love is in full bloom! Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have tied the knot, and ET is looking back at their adorable, unexpected relationship.
While the couple’s whirlwind romance took everyone by surprise when it first began, the duo defied the odds and announced their engagement back in October after five years together.
Shelton, 45, and Stefani, 51, first met on the set of The Voice in 2014, and it didn’t take long before their friendship grew into something more.
After officially announcing their relationship in 2015, Shelton and Stefani made their red carpet debut during a Vanity Fair Oscar party, where they were snapped holding hands and cuddling up next to each other.
In 2017, Shelton was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and Stefani was right by her man’s side to show support. She even defended him against haters who questioned why he had received the honor.
Nearly two years into their relationship, the couple set the record straight amid conflicting reports that claimed that they were either headed down the aisle, or preparing to split.
“It’s really smooth sailing for them,” a source told ET at the time. “They don’t talk about getting married, but they talk like they are going to be together forever. They are very committed to one another and their life together.”
The engagement rumors persisted, but in December 2018, Stefani insisted that there was “zero pressure” for Shelton to pop the question. No matter how many rumors swirled around them, they were able to block out the noise and appeared to be very much in love at the 2019 CMA Awards, where Shelton won his first-ever award for Single of the Year.
Last July, Stefani and Shelton released a romantic new single, “Happy Anywhere,” and purchased their first home together last month. Now that wedding bells have chimed, we’re delving into the first few months of their burgeoning romance, and how it’s blossomed in subsequent years.
HOW IT STARTED:
July 14, 2014 — Stefani Brings Gavin Rossdale Into the Voice Fold
Stefani, who at this point has been married to her Bush frontman husband for 12 years, enlists him as her team’s mentor, writing, “It’s official! So excited to have @GavinRossdale on #TeamGwen,” with him writing, “This fall, honored to be part of #TheVoice w/ the lovely & talented @gwenstefani.”
And from here, all the Voice coaches really start to hit it off.
Nov. 25, 2014 — Friendships Form
Shelton and Stefani, along with Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine, are really starting to bond on The Voice. Shelton and Stefani happily take part in a lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in September, and shortly thereafter, Stefani posts playful pics with her fellow coaches on Instagram. While Stefani will not take part in the following season of The Voice, with Christina Aguilera returning, she will be back next fall.
July 20, 2015 — Shelton and Miranda Lambert Divorce
Just one of the many shocking splits of the summer, country music’s king and queen call it quits after four years of marriage.
“This is not the future we envisioned,” reps for the couple say in a statement to the Associated Press. “And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. 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.”
After reeling from this heartbreak, we discover that the summer is still far from over.
Aug. 3, 2015 — Stefani Announces Her Split From Rossdale
After 13 years together, the rocker couple calls it quits.
By late October, they will settle their divorce, with joint custody of their three young children, Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo — though Rossdale will have them more given Stefani’s touring schedule.
In a statement to ET, the couple says: “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.”
But what does all this have to do with Stefani and Shelton? Well, everything up to this point is all background. The heat doesn’t actually start until…
Sept. 8, 2015 — Circumstances
Going through an understandably tough time, the Voice coaches band together and support each other.
“I haven’t met one coach that’s been on this show that I wouldn’t consider at this point a really good friend,” Shelton tells ET. “Any of the coaches that I’ve worked with on this show, I can call at any moment and talk to.”
Stefani echoes these sentiments, saying The Voice has helped her through an otherwise sad summer.
“It’s so amazing!” she tells ET. “Honestly, I’ve had so much fun so far, and it’s so motivating. I think this is the funnest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life work-wise.”
Oct. 7, 2015 — Rumors Blow Shelton’s Mind
Headlines start to appear suggesting Shelton and Stefani are getting flirty. Shelton goes on a mini-Twitter rant, writing, “The stuff I read about myself blows my mind. Shouldn’t I get to do all these things since I’m already accused of them?” continuing, “I literally just got back from FAR northern Quebec chasing caribou and now read about all the crazy stuff I’ve been doing lately?!! #WTF.”
“Just watch and see how these tweets I just sent get spun,” he concludes.
Oct. 17, 2015 — Stefani Laughs Off Dating Rumors
Around the time her heartbreaking single, “Used to Love You,” gets a video premiere, Stefani finds herself shaking off the dating rumors with laughter.
“It seems like the cowboy is really happy on the show,” she tells ET, referring to Shelton. “We’re all having so much fun on that show. Everybody is in such a good place.”
As for the rumors that she and Shelton are an item, she jokes, “Have you read the news?”
Oct. 25, 2015 — Oklahoma
Stefani, Shelton, and Levine head off to Oklahoma together. Stefani and Shelton Instagram the adorable photo above, with the hashtag, #family.
But Stefani also tweets out a pic of Levine cropped out to Shelton, writing, “Hi @blakeshelton.”