Last year, Stefani split from her husband of 14 years, Gavin Rossdale, around the same time that her co-star on The Voice, Shelton, also split from his wife of four years, Miranda Lambert. Since then, we've watched Stefani's new romance with Shelton unfold on-air during The Voice's live shows, splashed across grocery aisle tabloids, and dominating Internet headlines.
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"I think that when you go through what I went through, or what I’m still going through, you think you’re hopeless. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You panic," she told Refinery 29. "It was a really super-unexpected gift to find a friend, somebody who happened to be going through the exact same thing as me, literally mirroring my experience. I don't think it's an accident that that happened. It saved me."
She echoed that sentiment in her USA Today interview, confessing of their relationship: "I didn't see that coming! All of a sudden, I got saved."
Stefani had previously acknowledged that her single, "Make Me Like You," was written about Shelton, but now she’s admitting that the "Blake's Bar" stunt in her music video was all part of a grand plan.
"We came up with a bunch of ideas that people who are true fans would be able to pick up on — there was a license plate that had some [Orange County] references, my hairdresser was in it. And [Blake’s] was just one of the things that became a talking point, which was one of the intentions," she told Refinery 29. "And it was cute."
But before the upbeat track hit the radio airwaves, there was "Used to Love You" -- a heart-wrenching song written about the end of her marriage to Rossdale.
"It was the only thing that felt good at all," she told NPR, recalling a tear-filled day of writing that song. "That's what this whole record documents -- working through it, having faith, believing in myself and wanting to do something about it."
Today, Stefani and Rossdale share custody of their three young sons.
"I see my kids half the time now," she revealed to USA Today. "That, to me, is devastating. At the same time, I've been able to recover the way I have. ... I know that things are going to keep unfolding and evolving, and I have faith that everything's going to get better and better."
It seems as though Shelton has already earned his approval from Stefani's kids. Even with their mother all the way in Japan, 7-year-old Zuma and 2-year-old Apollo were on hand for the country star's Kids' Choice Awards hosting debut on Saturday.
Lucky he has their support, because Selena Gomez had no interest in letting Shelton into her squad. See the hilarious bit in the player below!