Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's whirlwind romance
-- borne by the intersection of timing, circumstance, and heartbreak -- seems to have taken everyone by such surprise, that while it would be naive to speculate on whether it's forever or a fling, you have to admit that there is already so much to reflect on in such a short time.
Here is a timeline of how the "I'm Just a Girl" singer and the man she affectionately calls "Cowboy" came together.
April 29, 2014 -- A stranger comes to town.
When The Voice
coach Christina Aguilera takes a leave of absence to welcome her new daughter, Gwen is hired
on to take her place. Christina even welcomes Gwen to the family, tweeting, "So excited to have you join #TheVoice squad @GwenStefani! Welcome to our crazy fam! Kisses- xoxo #blondesdoitbest."
July 14, 2014 -- Gwen brings Gavin Rossdale into the fold.
By this point, after Gwen and Gavin have been married for 12 years, she enlists her Bush frontman husband
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 judges really start to hit it off....
Nov. 25, 2014 -- Friends forever.
Blake and Gwen, along with Pharrell and Adam Levine, are really starting to bond on The Voice
. Blake and Gwen happily take part in a lip sync battle
with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show
in September, and shortly thereafter, Gwen posts playful pics with her fellow coaches on Instagram. While Gwen will depart for the following season of the Voice
, while Christina returns, she will be back next fall.
July 20, 2015 -- Blake and Miranda Lambert divorce.
"This is not the future we envisioned," reps for the couple said 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 -- Gwen Stefani announces her split from Gavin Rossdale.
By late October, they will settle their divorce, with joint custody of their three children -- 9-year-old Kingston, 7-year-old Zuma, and 1-year-old Apollo -- though Gavin will have them more given Gwen’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 Gwen and Blake? 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," Blake tells ET. "Any of the coaches that I've worked with on this show I can call at any moment and talk to."
Gwen 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."
Of course, it doesn't take much to get the rumor mill going...
Oct. 7, 2015 -- It blows Blake's mind.
Headlines start to appear suggesting Blake and Gwen are getting flirty. Blake 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 the tweets.
Oct. 17, 2015 -- Gwen laughs off the dating rumors.
Around the time her heartbreaking single, "Used to Love You," gets a video premiere, Gwen finds herself shaking off the dating rumors
"It seems like the cowboy is really happy on the show," she tells ET, referring to Blake. "We're all having so much fun on that show. Everybody is in such a good place."
As for the rumors that she and Blake are an item, she jokes, "Have you read the news?"
Oct. 25, 2015 -- Oklahoma.
Gwen, Blake, and Adam head off to Oklahoma together. Gwen and Blake Instagram the adorable photo above, with the hashtag, #family.
But Gwen also tweets out a pic of Adam cropped out to Blake, writing, "Hi @blakeshelton."
Oct. 26, 2015 -- And you know when that hotline bling....
That can only mean one thing.
coaches join Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show
for a game of Spin the Microphone, where Blake and Gwen perform an awkward rendition
of Drake's "Hotline Bling."
Unfamiliar with the song, Blake just keeps saying, "Bling." Gwen affectionately exclaims, "Cowboy!" after his lackluster performance.
Oct. 31, 2015 Those Halloween nights...
The pair is spotted out on Halloween night, where they literally can't seem to stop smiling
. An eyewitness tells ET that the two leave Jared Leto's party together in the same hired car.
Of her wild night with Blake, Gwen says, "We're just trying to have fun, you know?"
"I was literally that party girl that you hear about when their life blows up," the 46-year-old adds. "And you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going out! Watch me!’"
Nov. 3, 2015 -- Connection.
Gwen appears on L.A.'s 102.7 KIIS FM radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest
, where she all but confirms
the sparks, saying, "To be super honest, it is kind of crazy we both went through the same thing at the same time,” in reference to their respective splits.
Nov. 4, 2015 -- It's official.
A rep for Blake confirms to ET
these two are an item. Additionally, a rep for Gwen confirms the news, saying, "Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating."
Meanwhile, the two hit Nashville, for a country awards show, which Blake's ex, Miranda, is also attending. The country queen hits the red carpet looking fantastic in a revenge dress and pink hair. Despite putting on a brave face however, an eyewitness tells ET it's a tough night for Miranda.
"Miranda tried to seem happy, but you could tell she was hurting," the eyewitness says. "It was a great night for her because she won an award, but still hard for her."
Nov. 6, 2015 -- Alright, let's move along everybody...
After their relationship news sent the media into a frenzy, Blake is ready for the talk of his love life to cool off.
"I love @blakeshelton, but OMG, the media needs to chill out with his dating life"” user @janine_janocik tweets. "The guy is moving on. #findsomethingelsetotalkabout."
Just minutes after it was posted, Blake retweets the message, adding, "Amen!!!!!!!! Let's all move along now!!"
Sorry, Blake! Love is a beautiful thing.
So that's where we're at! Watch the video below to see Miranda reflect on her "amazing life" amidst the Gwen and Blake dating news.