Blake Shelton Says It’s ‘Terrible’ Being Away From Wife Gwen Stefani While He’s Touring
The singer's having a blast playing dive bar-style shows for fans across the country — but don't expect him to mount any massive, year-long tours anytime soon. Shelton tells ET Online that he's keeping his travel limited, because he's in a hurry to get back home to his wife Gwen Stefani.
"I try to limit it as much as I can, because 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," the singer points out. Shelton announced his retirement from the show — where he's been a coach for 23 seasons, ever since it launched — in October 2022. At the time, he explained that his decision came from a desire to be more present with his family, including Stefani's three sons.
He also admits that being away from Stefani is tough — even for a tour that's only a month and a half long.
"It's terrible," Shelton says. "Right now, they're having bad storms back in California, and I hate not being there. Not that anything bad is happening...but I know they're kind of freaked out and it'd be nice to be home."
Still, none of that diminishes the fact that Shelton's having a blast on tour, especially because the set list includes some throwbacks to hits including "Austin," from the earliest era of his career.
"It really is like what I started out doing — you know, we played the bars, and in some of them old honky tonks and stuff that I played back in the day, the bar would kinda be there on the side and people would come turn around and [listen.] So it's fun to kinda relive that a little bit."