It’s been nearly 20 years since Blake Shelton became a household name after his debut single “Austin” topped the country charts. Perhaps the only thing more recognizable than his song was his infamous mullet, and it now appears that we’re all going to have a chance to see the country star rocking his signature early career look once again.
Shelton took to Twitter Tuesday (March 17) to share that he was planning to grow his mullet back, with the approval of girlfriend Gwen Stefani, as a “symbol of hope” amid the coronavirus crisis that has cleared the Voice coach’s schedule for the foreseeable future.
I have an announcement. With basically EVERYTHING I had scheduled being canceled for the foreseeable further @gwenstefani and I have made a decision together. I am growing my mullet back as a symbol of hope or some shit like that.. Anyway it’s coming back! For real. Stay tuned…
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 17, 2020
The mullet’s return is a complete change of heart for Shelton who once called the look “ridiculous” and “stupid.”
During a past appearance on the TODAY Show , Blake acted shocked at the look when an old photo was shown on the screen. “I mean, that is ridiculous. Why didn’t my family or friends tell me how stupid I looked?”
Host Al Roker tried to console him saying, “At the time it looked cool.” Blake replied “At what time did that look cool, Al?”
We can only assume that Shelton’s longtime girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, can be credited for the decision to grow back his curly locks. Stefani voiced her support for the mullet in a January 2020 interview with Gayle King of CBS This Morning.
“I’ve actually offered to go get him some extensions,” she said. “We could totally match the color easily. I’ll do it for you.”
Check out Blake Shelton’s 2001 video for “Austin” below.