Things You Always Wanted To Ask
Blake Shelton is a fairly open guy. Just follow his social media and you get consistent glimpses into his life, likes, views, and relationships. But there are always things fans want to ask but don’t have the opportunity. In an interview with Rolling Stone, those questions were answered. Here are the top 5 questions we most wanted to know.
5. What Does Blake Actually Do In Oklahoma?
It’s a big state of wide open spaces with some rolling hills. So what does he do there on his ranch? Just hang out? Drink beer and watch the sunset? Actually, it’s a little more focused than that.
“Unless it’s raining, I’m hunting or fishing or farming. Not to sound like a cliché, like any other country singer, but I’m going crazy right now because I put about 15 acres of corn in about three weeks ago and I haven’t been back to look at it. I love growing it. Sometimes I’ll go hunting for caribou in Canada, or elk hunting. But bowhunting white-tailed deer in Oklahoma is my favorite thing. It takes me back to my childhood. There’s just so many memories and special things that have happened to me that revolve around deer season, honestly. It’s my favorite time of year.”
4. Why Did He Decide To Sue The Tabloid That Called Him A Drunk?
Shelton is used to being the focus of celebrity gossip, but he didn’t take it lightly when In Touch Magazine called him a debauched drunk (they also alleged he was going to rehab). So why make that one the focus of a lawsuit?
“Well, at some point you gotta draw the line. I would say that 98 percent of this stuff you see in tabloids is a complete fabrication. Sometimes they get my name right, but that’s about it. But when they print something that I feel like could be damaging either on a professional or personal level, then enough is enough. With the lawsuit that I have going on right now, I’m not backing off of it. Because with that level of a lie, I don’t want one kid to walk by that magazine rack and see that and have it affect who I am in their mind.
I also have professional reasons. I can’t allow somebody to print something like that about me. That could affect my job. I felt like they crossed a line, and now they know they did. Because we’re moving forward with that. And that’s a good thing for me.”
3. Why Doesn’t He Write More Of His Own Stuff?
Lots of performers don’t write their own music. In fact, many have professional songwriters that work for them. To be fair, Shelton has written more of his music in the past few years, but it hasn’t ever seemed to be his focus. Here’s why.
“I’m not the biggest fan of my own writing. I’m really hard on it, for two reasons. I think when you’re an artist in my position, I have the opportunity to get my hands on some of the greatest songs written, because I know all these incredible writers in Nashville. How foolish would it be not to take advantage of that? We’re talking about some of the best writers in the world. I want to make the best album I can humanly, possibly make. Why wouldn’t I take advantage of that? I don’t need a part in the publishing. I just want my record to be good.”
2. How Did He Channel His Divorce Grief?
Music was definitely Shelton‘s outlet for his divorce from Miranda Lambert. That was when he really began writing more of his music. It was a way for him to channel that grief. And that grief culminated in his album If I’m Honest. So how was that process for him? Quite painful.
“Well [it was] damn sure a shitty way to end up making what I feel like is the best I can do. When I started going through what I went through last year, the last thing on my mind was making a record. I was trying to figure out how I was going to piece my life back together. And I figured out making this record helped me get that out of my system. But as I was making the record, other developments were happening. I was spending some time with Gwen all of a sudden, and she became my closest ally, my friend, my person in my life who had my back, and I had hers.”
1. When Did He Know Gwen Was More Than His Friend?
The two haven’t announced any engagement plans as yet, but Blake and Gwen definitely seem settled into life together. He spends time with her in LA, she with him in Oklahoma. And he spends quite a bit of time around her kids. But they have consistently maintained that they were just friends when Shelton was getting divorced. It was after that their romance blossomed. So when did he know?
“We were starting The Voice [in 2015], and I had to sit down and go, “Look, by the time this thing airs, my life will have completely changed, and we need to talk about this now because it may affect what we talk about on the show.” I just felt like there doesn’t need to be secrets. And then the same thing [happened] with Gwen. It was like, “Here’s what’s going on, this show ain’t gonna air until three months from now, so let’s get this talked about right now.”
That’s how we even found out what was going on. And we just started to develop a friendship after that. And it took awhile, because it’s chaos. But just over time, seeing each other a lot at work, it just kind of developed into that.”
Shelton has started 2018 on top. He was the most-listened-to country artist of 2017, and his “I’ll Name the Dogs” is a big hit. He also returns to The Voice this year (and won last season’s). So if 2018 goes anything like 2017, we’ll have lots more question we want to ask– and hopefully can get them all answered.