The singer wants to spend more time with Gwen Stefani and her three sons with ex Gavin Rossdale.
The Voice coach Blake Shelton is leaving the singing competition after 12 years! Season 23 is going to be the country musician's last stint on the series. Shelton announced the news in an official statement saying, “I’ve been wrestling with this for a while and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after season 23. This show has changed my life in every way for the better, and it will always feel like home to me. It’s been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns, and I want to thank everyone at The Voice from NBC, every producer, the writers, musicians, crew, and catering people, you are the best. It takes a lot of work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week."
“I’ve made lifelong bonds with Carson and every single one of my fellow coaches over the years, including my wife, Gwen Stefani! I have to give a huge shoutout to the singers – the ‘Voices’ who come on this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent and a special thanks to those who chose me to be their coach. Lastly, it’s about y’all, the fans, who watch and support these artists, us coaches and everyone at The Voice chasing their dreams. It wouldn’t happen without you!”
Shelton began dating his pop superstar wife who was also a coach on the show in 2015. The two married last year, and Shelton is now a stepdad to Stefani's three sons, Kingston, 16, Zuma, 14, and Apollo, 8, with ex Gavin Rossdale. Shelton, 47, confirmed to ET's Cassie DiLaura that he's now in a "new phase" of his life. "Look, I love music and I love The Voice. I love all the cool things I get to do with my job, but those things all take a backseat now to Gwen and the kids and it’s just a new phase of my life," he confessed.
Shelton knows the importance of family after his own father married his mother when she already had a baby, his brother, Richie. Sadly, he lost his 24-year-old brother in a car accident in 1990. "He took Richie on and raised him from the time he was 1 year old, and my brother never thought of my dad as anything other than his dad," said Shelton according to PEOPLE. "The example that my dad set for me was that [child] was not even a consideration [in a romantic partnership]. You got three boys? Awesome! My dad did it. My dad raised me. I could do this. I didn't know what I was signing up for, but I was all about signing up for it. And every day I've fallen in love with the boys as much as I do with Gwen."
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