Blake Shelton leaving The Voice to spend more quality time with wife Gwen Stefani and his stepsons

'I've made plenty of money, but you can't buy time back': After announcing October 11 that he was leaving The Voice after season 23, Blake Shelton is looking forward to spending more quality time with his third wife Gwen Stefani and his three stepsons

After announcing October 11 that he was quitting The Voice after season 23, Blake Shelton is looking forward to spending more quality time with his third wife Gwen Stefani and his three stepsons.

‘If I walked away from my career at this time, the only thing that I run the risk of is having regrets that I’m missing out on some more important things in life. This isn’t about me anymore and never will be again,’ the 46-year-old country crooner said in his People cover story – hitting newsstands Friday.

‘I’ve made plenty of money, but you can’t buy time back. So that’s what I want to invest in now. For now, that’s our kids. Even though I’m a stepparent, I take that job very serious. And the kids don’t see me as anything but this very important person in their life. “Why isn’t Blake here?” I take that stuff to heart.

‘I’ve made plenty of money, but you can’t buy time back’: After announcing October 11 that he was leaving The Voice after season 23, Blake Shelton is looking forward to spending more quality time with his third wife Gwen Stefani and his three stepsons

The 46-year-old country crooner said in his People cover story: 'Even though I'm a stepparent, I take that job very serious.  And the kids don't see me as anything but this very important person in their life. "Why isn't Blake here?" I take that stuff to heart'

The 46-year-old country crooner said in his People cover story: ‘Even though I’m a stepparent, I take that job very serious. And the kids don’t see me as anything but this very important person in their life. “Why isn’t Blake here?” I take that stuff to heart’

‘Each kid has something different to teach. I think they’ve taught me something about myself. I’m more than just a country singer and a goofy guy. I’m someone they actually lean on and that’s not a responsibility that I ever had and not something that I ever considered being into. It’s just a different self-worth. Maybe it’s the opposite of self-worth.’

The 53-year-old pop star welcomed Kingston, 16; Zuma, 14; and Apollo, 8; during her 13-year marriage to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, which ended in August 2015 amid nanny cheating allegations.

And Blake famously began dating his Voice co-star Gwen three months after legally separating from ex-wife #2 Miranda Lambert in July 2015 after four years of wedded bliss.

The married couple of 17 months have also released four duets – Happy Anywhere in 2021, Nobody But You in 2020, You Make It Feel Like Christmas in 2017, and Go Ahead And Break My Heart in 2016.

Blake continued: 'Each kid has something different to teach.  I think they've taught me something about myself.  I'm more than just a country singer and a goofy guy.  I'm someone they actually lean on and that's not a responsibility that I ever had and not something that I ever considered being into'

Blake continued: ‘Each kid has something different to teach. I think they’ve taught me something about myself. I’m more than just a country singer and a goofy guy. I’m someone they actually lean on and that’s not a responsibility that I ever had and not something that I ever considered being into’

July 19 family portrait: The 53-year-old pop star welcomed Kingston, 16;  Zuma, 14;  and Apollo, 8;  during her 13-year marriage to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (M), which ended in August 2015 amid nanny cheating allegations

July 19 family portrait: The 53-year-old pop star welcomed Kingston, 16; Zuma, 14; and Apollo, 8; during her 13-year marriage to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (M), which ended in August 2015 amid nanny cheating allegations

Fell in love on set: Shelton famously began dating his Voice co-star Gwen three months after legally separating from ex-wife #2 Miranda Lambert in July 2015 after four years of wedded bliss (pictured Tuesday)

Fell in love on set: Shelton famously began dating his Voice co-star Gwen three months after legally separating from ex-wife #2 Miranda Lambert in July 2015 after four years of wedded bliss (pictured Tuesday)

Musical odd couple: The married couple of 17 months have also released four duets - Happy Anywhere in 2021, Nobody But You in 2020, You Make It Feel Like Christmas in 2017, and Go Ahead And Break My Heart in 2016 (pictured November 30)

Musical odd couple: The married couple of 17 months have also released four duets – Happy Anywhere in 2021, Nobody But You in 2020, You Make It Feel Like Christmas in 2017, and Go Ahead And Break My Heart in 2016 (pictured November 30)

‘The relationship that we have is so natural and so normal. This feels like the easiest thing I’ve ever been a part of in my life, and I forget every day that she’s “Gwen Stefani” you know?’ Shelton gushed.

‘And it’s not until moments like yesterday when she came out of the dressing room. I literally almost fainted when I saw her. It’s like, oh my god, it’s those reminders that she’s this icon. Or if I bring her out onstage with me to sing or I go to one of her shows…To me, she’s my best friend and everything that I need and lean on.’

And while Stefani and the eight-time Voice champ own a $13.2M mansion in LA’s Encino neighborhood, they are happiest when they’re relaxing at their 1,382-acre 10 Point Ranch in Tishomingo in his native Oklahoma.

The eight-time Voice champ said: 'The relationship that we have is so natural and so normal.  This feels like the easiest thing I've ever been a part of in my life, and I forget every day that she's "Gwen Stefani" you know?...To me, she's my best friend and everything that I need and lean on'

The eight-time Voice champ said: ‘The relationship that we have is so natural and so normal. This feels like the easiest thing I’ve ever been a part of in my life, and I forget every day that she’s “Gwen Stefani” you know?…To me, she’s my best friend and everything that I need and lean on ‘

'We get away from everything and we're just us back there': And while Stefani and Blake own a $13.2M mansion in LA's Encino neighborhood, they are happiest when they're relaxing at their 1,382-acre 10 Point Ranch in Tishomingo in his native Oklahoma (pictured in 2021)

‘We get away from everything and we’re just us back there’: And while Stefani and Blake own a $13.2M mansion in LA’s Encino neighborhood, they are happiest when they’re relaxing at their 1,382-acre 10 Point Ranch in Tishomingo in his native Oklahoma (pictured in 2021)

Shelton confessed: 'I think our biggest bonding, as far as something that we do together besides music, has to be gardening.  We go way over the top.  I mean, if there's a splurge that is embarrassing it would be how much we probably spend on seeds'

Shelton confessed: ‘I think our biggest bonding, as far as something that we do together besides music, has to be gardening. We go way over the top. I mean, if there’s a splurge that is embarrassing it would be how much we probably spend on seeds’

‘I think our biggest bonding, as far as something that we do together besides music, has to be gardening,’ Blake noted.

‘We go way over the top. I mean, if there’s a splurge that is embarrassing it would be how much we probably spend on seeds. Like, boxes of seeds come to the house that we get off Amazon or some of these gardening centers. It’s like, “I wonder if we can grow an Icelandic lily here?”

Shelton added: ‘We get away from everything and we’re just us back there. You don’t have to be anybody when we get to go back to Oklahoma. You just be a family when you go there…And that’s where I feel the most comfortable, happy, and safe.’

Booze obsession: Catch more of the eight-time Grammy nominee, his Voice co-star Carson Daly (R), and former wrestler Nikki Bella's (M) new eight-episode celebrity game show Barmageddon, which airs Mondays on the USA Network

Booze obsession: Catch more of the eight-time Grammy nominee, his Voice co-star Carson Daly (R), and former wrestler Nikki Bella’s (M) new eight-episode celebrity game show Barmageddon, which airs Mondays on the USA Network

Big finish!  Blake and Gwen will next appear in the two-part live finale episodes of The Voice season 22 airing next Monday and Tuesday on NBC

Big finish! Blake and Gwen will next appear in the two-part live finale episodes of The Voice season 22 airing next Monday and Tuesday on NBC

On the road again: Shelton will then kick of his 18-date Back to the Honkey Tonk Tour on February 16 at Nebraska's Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln

On the road again: Shelton will then kick of his 18-date Back to the Honkey Tonk Tour on February 16 at Nebraska’s Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln

Catch more of the eight-time Grammy nominee, his Voice co-star Carson Daly, and former wrestler Nikki Bella’s new eight-episode celebrity game show Barmageddon, which airs Mondays on the USA Network.

Blake and Gwen will next appear in the two-part live finale episodes of The Voice season 22 airing next Monday and Tuesday on NBC.

Shelton will then kick off his 18-date Back to the Honkey Tonk Tour on February 16 at Nebraska’s Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

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