There's no question that Stefani's family has embraced Shelton since the pair began dating nearly two years ago. Just last month, her kids even appeared in his latest music video, "I'll Name the Dogs." But has being around Stefani's three young boys sparked a paternal instinct in Shelton?
"The Voice, I think, sparked that in me, if anything," Shelton expertly dodged the question. "I never thought in a million years when I signed on to do that show that I would ever be so defensive when it comes to reading a blog or critique about one of my artists. [In the] first season or two, I couldn't help it. I would just lose my mind when I would see someone picking on a kid, you know."
Shelton also hilariously avoided addressing whether or not he'd like to have kids of his own. See his response in the player above.
He was, however, more than happy to dish on what inspired his "happy" new album, Texoma Shore. For all those details, and an inside tour of Ole Red Tishomingo, watch ET's Certified Country on Friday via ET's YouTube channel and Facebook page.