Blake Shelton to Spend Time With Family After THE VOICE Tenure

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Blake Shelton to Spend Time With Family After THE VOICE Tenure

By Movieguide® Contributor

Country singer Blake Shelton announced he will leave THE VOICE after this season to spend more time with his family.

“I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from THE VOICE after next season,” Shelton announced via Instagram late last year. “This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me.”

Shelton has been a coach on THE VOICE since the first season, co-starring with many other singers including his now wife, Gwen Stefani who joined the show in 2014 and coached a handful of seasons since. The two started dating in 2015, following Stefani’s first season and got married in July of 2021, making Shelton a stepfather to Stefani’s three sons.

Although THE VOICE has had many winners throughout the years, Shelton believes he has won “the ultimate prize” by meeting his wife. The two have shared that they are happiest together as a family at their ranch in Oklahoma.

“We get away from everything [in L.A.], and we’re just us,” Shelton said. “It truly does feel different. That’s where I feel the most comfortable, happy and safe.”

While Shelton and Stefani have had no kids together, Shelton takes his role as stepfather very seriously, thanks in part to his own stepfather.

“I have a stepfather in my life who’s one of my heroes,” Shelton said. “I love my stepfather and I look up to him and he’s like a father to me, so I have a good inspiration in my life for how to do this and the kind of stepdad I want to be. And I take it very serious[ly].”

“The kids see me as a very important person in their life. [When they ask], ‘Why isn’t Blake here?’ I take that stuff to heart. I’ve made plenty of money, but you can’t buy time back. I don’t want any regrets,” he added. 

Along with finishing up season 23 of THE VOICE, Shelton is also currently on tour and hosting a celebrity game show BARMAGEDDON. While Shelton still has fun on the road with his band, he plans on limiting future travel for the sake of his family.

“The whole reason I’m even stepping away from THE VOICE is so I can just be there more, and that’s what I’m gonna do,” he said.

The grind of the entertainment industry is hard on everyone and there is an increasing trend of celebrities leaving L.A. for the sake of their families or to find a more concrete community. Actress Mia Wasikowska did just that to set “deep roots” in her native Australia.

Movieguide® previously reported:

Actress Mia Wasikowska recently shared why she left Hollywood for her native Australia.

“I didn’t entirely like the lifestyle of going back-to-back-to-back. I felt really disconnected from any greater community,” she said. “I want[ed] to do more things in life other than be in a trailer…it didn’t suit me as a person.”

Wasikowska got her first gig at age 15, and her career took off at 17. After more than 15 years in the industry and moving to a new city every couple of months, she wanted a place to put down roots.

“It’s like starting school again every few months,” she said, “especially when you’re younger, when you don’t have that base. I found that really hard.”

Throughout her career, Wasikowska starred in major films such as ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JANE EYRE, CRIMSON PEAK and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. After she returned to Sydney, Australia, Wasikowska gave up these mainstream roles for independent projects, such as 2022’s BLUEBACK in which she plays an oceanographic advocate who fights against poachers.

While Wasikowska is content with her decision to leave the moviemaking grind, she’s not against returning to L.A. for more Hollywood movies.

“If I [could] have the best of both worlds, which is dip in and out of it occasionally, I’d be really happy. But I wouldn’t ever be in that place where I was just on a treadmill.”