Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton May Not Get Married After All — Here’s Why

They have one of the more unlikely love stories in recent years, but that seems to make the relationship between Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani even more romantic. He’s a country music star; she’s an alternative rock goddess. Most people expected the fling to fizzle out after a few months. But somehow it’s been three years and these two are still going strong.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
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Fans and friends are eagerly awaiting the day when these two lovebirds announce plans to make it official. During an appearance on The Ellen Show, Shelton received an “engagement countdown clock” as a kind of gag, though there was some truth to the joke. Both Blake and Gwen seem exciting about making their commitment permanent by tying the knot.

There’s just one problem — rumor has it that Gwen Stefani’s ex-husband Gavin Rossdale might be making very difficult for her to remarry. This is why.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale went through a messy divorce

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale | Dominique Charriau/WireImage

After reigning supreme as the ‘it couple’ of rock and roll for more than a decade, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani announced their decision to call it quits. Stefani had reason to believe that her husband of 13 years was cheating on her with the couple’s nanny. That wasn’t even the first time in the course of their marriage that Rossdale was accused of infidelity.

There was nothing amicable about the divorce which they did call a “mutual decision.” Both sought custody of their three children, Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton bonded over broken hearts

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Blake Shelton was a long-time host on the singing competition show The Voice when he met the 49-year-old songstress. They became fast friends, but neither Stefani nor Shelton realized how serious the relationship would become until it happened. They bonded over the pain of divorce — he had recently split from fellow country singer Miranda Lambert.

“It was like being handed this gift of a friend who was going through the exact same thing at the exact same time,” Stefani explained of their unlikely friendship. Soon, those feelings developed into something deeper.

Rumor has it that Gavin Rossdale is refusing to annul the marriage

Gwen Stefani is outspoken about her devout Catholic faith, which would require her to get her former marriage to Gavin Rossdale annulled before she could marry Blake Shelton in the church. Several publications are reporting that Rossdale refuses to grant her the annulment, which could be the reason she’s not engaged yet.

But Gossip Cop calls the rumors false, saying Stefani’s rep confirmed that Stefani never petitioned the Pope for an annulment or even filed for one at all. They also say Rossdale isn’t intentionally standing in the way of Stefani and Shelton’s engagement.

Why aren’t Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton engaged yet?

There’s a much simpler explanation for why Shelton and Stefani haven’t gotten engaged yet — they’re taking things slowly because they’ve been burnt before. If things are going well for them now, there’s no reason to risk straining their relationship by getting married right away. Why mess with a good thing?

Still, both have professed to being deeply in love and open to marriage. It won’t be surprising to see Gwen and Blake get engaged soon!