Who didn’t see this coming when the ninth season of The Voice began, featuring newly divorced coaches, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani?
There have been rumors for weeks that the two are dating, which of course, seem ridiculous. The Oklahoma country boy and the California reggae rocker getting it on? Yeah, right. Just because two people are suddenly unattached, and within proximity of each other doesn’t mean they’ll automatically jump each other’s bones. But heh, stranger things have happened! Or, “reporting” a “romance” is good PR for the subjects careers–not to mention the tv show they star on.
In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS radio show, Gwen coyly refused to confirm or deny she and Blake are getting it on. “I’m not going to answer that right now, Ryan, Gwen said, “I think I’ve given enough of myself this morning to you. But I think he’s hot, don’t you?”
But then, near the end of the interview, Gwen tips her hand: “I think that NBC did that. Two divorced people at the same time.” And we have a winner!
Meanwhile, E News, friend to PR flaks everywhere, posts a breathless timeline of their “blossoming romance” and “exclusive” photos of them looking cozy (hard to tell, the snaps are so grainy) at a Halloween party. I expect the gossip to last until around, let’s say, Tuesday December 22.
But hey, if the two are finding comfort in each other’s arms post-divorce, more power to them. Ain’t nothing wrong with a little rebound action after a painful bust up.
In case you’ve just returned from a 6 month wilderness retreat, or a trip to outer space: Blake divorced fellow country music star, Miranda Lambert, in July. Gwen split with husband and father to her 3 children, musician Gavin Rossdale, not long after.
UPDATE: ZOMG!!! Blake and Gwen are flying on a private plane to this evenings CMA awards! Is it a coincidence the rumors are blowing up big time today? EVERYBODY TUNE INTO THE CMAS at 8 pm on ABC!!! Watch the new couple get cozy! Note Miranda Lambert’s (yes she’ll be there) reaction!
UPDATE: Well, what do you know. Gwen and Blake are totally getting it on. Via TMZ:
Our sources say Gwen made the decision at the last minute to fly to Nashville with Blake. We’re told her plan is to go to the after-parties but not the CMAs. We asked if it was because Miranda Lambert was going to be there and one source said, “She doesn’t care if Miranda’s there or not. She just didn’t have the right clothes for the award ceremony because it was so last minute.”
They will not be hiding their relationship tonight. We’re told they’ll spend a few days together in Nashville.
As for how long they’ve been dating … we’re told “just days.”
They’ve been dating for only a couple of days? I hate to be cynical, but this feels like a PR romance to me. I won’t be surprised if it’s over by the first of the year.