Is Gwen Stefani’s Ex Gavin Rossdale the Real Reason She and Blake Shelton Aren’t Married Yet?

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s relationship is as strong as ever after four years of dating, but they have yet to make the big commitment. While inside sources claim that Shelton and Stefani are ready to tie the knot, her previous marriage to Gavin Rossdale might be the real reason they have not taken their relationship to the next level. Here is a look at why Stefani and Shelton are not married.

Gwen Stefani Blake Shelton
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton | Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are deeply in love

After four years of a healthy romance, there is no doubt that Stefani and Shelton are serious about making a long-term commitment. A source close to the couple recently confirmed that Shelton has always been serious about his relationship with Stefani and even wanted to get married early in their romance.

But instead of popping the big question, Shelton let their love grow and developed a close bond with Stefani and her three boys, Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo.

View this post on Instagram

@blakeshelton @nbcthevoice Gx

A post shared by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on

Although The Voice star has yet to propose to Gwen Stefani, the source assured fans that their relationship is definitely moving in that direction.

“It’s definitely headed toward marriage,” the insider dished. “They’re all very like-minded and comfortable with each other.”

The source added that Stefani has brought a “sparkle” to Shelton’s life and has made it clear to everyone that she is deeply in love. So if the two are ready to take things to the next level, why haven’t they got engaged?

The real reason Stefani and Shelton are not married

Stefani and Shelton have been tight-lipped about the engagement rumors. But according to The Hollywood Gossip, there is a good reason why the couple has not tied the knot just yet — and it has something to do with Stefani’s previous marriage.

The No Doubt alum is a very devout Roman Catholic and the church does not view divorce in a positive light.

Before she exchanges vows with Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani reportedly wants the church to annul her marriage to Rossdale, which in the eyes of the church, frees her to re-marry.

View this post on Instagram

@blakeshelton I love the sh*t out of u!!! Gx

A post shared by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on

The only problem with Stefani’s plan is that the Roman Catholic Church does not hand out annulments very often. The chances of Stefani being granted an annulment are close to zero, mostly because she and Rossdale were married for over a decade and share three children.

With an annulment pretty much off the table, it is unclear if Stefani will proceed with an engagement, especially if the church continues to deny her request.

What does Shelton think about the annulment?

Gwen Stefani might be waiting to exchange vows because of her religion, but Shelton is clearly satisfied with where things stand. Not only is The Voice star completely in love with Stefani, but he has grown into an amazing stepdad to her three boys.

“They’re all very like-minded and comfortable with each other,” the source added. “They fall more and more in love with one another, and their happiness quotient keeps rising,”

View this post on Instagram

#thankuGOD 4 @blakeshelton gx

A post shared by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on

For those who have followed Shelton and Stefani through the years, their love for each other should not come as a big surprise. The two are constantly gushing about each other in interviews and, even though the competition heats up on The Voice, their interactions on the show are super adorable.

The two also work great together in the studio and have come out with several duets over the years. Their latest collaboration might be the best one yet.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani release new song

Shelton and Stefani released a new duet for his album, Fully Loaded: God’s Country, and trust. The track is called “Nobody But You,” and is pretty much a tribute to their love for each other.

The song begins with Shelton singing about how he does not want to look back in the future and wonder who his lover is married to. When Stefani comes in, their verse together is all about sticking together, and the chorus is a perfect summary of their romance.

“I don’t wanna live without you / I don’t wanna even breathe / I don’t wanna dream about you / Wanna wake up with you next to me,” the two sing.

Later in the song, the couple sings about not wasting any more days with other people, further cementing their love.

Prior to their relationship, Shelton was married to Miranda Lambert. The two separated a month before Stefani and Rossdale called it quits.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have not commented on the rumors surrounding their marriage. Fans can watch them compete against each other on the season finale of The Voice Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.