Blake Shelton Opens Up About Being A Stepdad

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Blake Shelton Left The Voice To Prioritize Family Time

On October 11, 2022, Blake Shelton announced his intention to leave The Voice after Season 23 ended. The news came as a shock to fans, since Shelton was the only coach to appear on every season.

Shelton opened up about his choice to leave The Voice in a cover story for PEOPLE.

He said it was “a hard thing for [him] to let go of” the show because it’s been a huge part of his life. But now he wants to spend as much time as possible with his wife, Gwen Stefani, and her three sons, Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo.


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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,” Shelton said. “For now, that’s our kids. This isn’t about me anymore and never will be again.

Being A Stepdad Means A Lot To Blake, And He Explains Why

Shelton opened up about being a stepfather, and how much that means to him:

Even though I’m a stepparent, I take that job very seriously,” he said. “The kids see me as a very important person in their life. [When they ask,] ‘Why isn’t Blake here?’ I take that stuff to heart. I’ve made plenty of money, but you can’t buy time back. I don’t want any regrets.”

Now that he’s done on The Voice, Shelton is looking forward to enjoying some downtime with his family at home in Oklahoma:

Zuma Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Apollo Rossdale at the star ceremony where Blake Shelton is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Gwen Stefani and her sons joined to celebrate with Blake when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo Credit: Mark Von Holden / Variety via Getty Images

I’ve had people say, ‘Man, come on. You’re not quitting The Voice [to do] nothing!’” he said. “But I really am…It’s time to push some of this [work] stuff out and let more family and personal life in.

Watch the video below to hear Shelton speak more about being a stepdad.