Blake Shelton Reflects On ‘Bittersweet’ End Of His Time On THE VOICE

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Blake Shelton Reflects On ‘Bittersweet’ End Of His Time On THE VOICE

By Movieguide® Contributor

As Blake Shelton’s time on THE VOICE comes to an end, the country star is getting emotional about his last season. 

Shelton will return for Season 23, but after that, his run on the singing competition show will be over. 

“THE VOICE has changed my life in a million ways. Most importantly, I met Gwen Stefani as a coach on the show, and now she’s my wife,” he said.

Shelton and Stefani met on the show and quickly started dating. They got married in 2021. 

“I won the ultimate prize on THE VOICE,” Shelton joked. “I don’t think anybody had a bigger win than I did.”

The end of Season 22 made Shelton more emotional than he realized.

“It was crazy. I didn’t even think about it… until the cameras shut off, then I realized, ‘Oh, my gosh,’” he recalled. “I looked over, and [Stefani] was crying. She was like, ‘That’s it, we’re never going to do this again, you know?’… it was bittersweet.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Shelton’s decision to leave THE VOICE:

This year, country music star Blake Shelton revealed that 2022 would be his final year as a judge on the singing competition show, THE VOICE.

Shelton, who recently married Gwen Stefani, said that he wants to give his full attention to his duty as a the stepfather to Stefani’s three sons, Kingston, 16, Zuma, 14, and Apollo, 8.

“They’ve taught me something about myself that I never knew: I’m more than just a country singer or a goofy guy,” he told PEOPLE. “I’m someone they actually lean on, and that’s not a responsibility that I ever had and not something that I ever considered even being into.”

“It’s a different kind of self-worth. Maybe it’s the opposite of self-worth because you put yourself way down on the rung, and they move up ahead of you,” Shelton added. “You don’t know what your regrets are going to be until you look back one day. I feel like my regrets would be, if I stayed on this path, that I am missing out on some more important things in life — and for now, that’s our kids.”

The 46-year-old music country star said that being the father and husband taught him to become more selfless.

“Having kids, it truly does make you go, ‘Oh whoa. Wait a minute.’ This isn’t about me anymore and never will be again,’” he said. “If you don’t say that to yourself, I think you’re only hurting yourself because you’re going to miss out.”

“[Family] is what I want to invest in now,” he said.

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