Blake Shelton Says ‘Honest’ Record Was an ‘Outlet’ to Help Him Through His Pain
“Extra's” Renee Bargh recently sat down with country superstar Blake Shelton, who opened up about his new album “If I'm Honest,” which is inspired by his love for girlfriend Gwen Stefani and divorce from Miranda Lambert.
Blake shared, “You got to pull from your real-life experiences… It's an outlet for me, helping me through a rough time and now it's creating a good time for me.”
Not only does Shelton sing about Stefani, he also asked her to sing the song “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” with him on the album, which they performed on “The Voice” for the first time in May. He admitted, “I don't think I set out to have so many songs about Gwen on the record; I just wanted to sing about things I was feeling and thinking about at that moment.”
Gwen reciprocated by singing about Blake on her recent single “Make Me Like You.” He gushed, “It's still hard for me to wrap my head around Gwen Stefani having written songs she says, I know, are about us and me.”
He went on, “I caught a bunch of her shows out on tour and it's weird to hear her say, 'This next song I'm gonna do is about a cowboy.' I'm like, 'What? I can't believe that.' So crazy.”
Blake is kicking off his own tour, starting September 9 with back-to-back shows in Oklahoma City. When asked if Gwen will catch him on the tour, he responded, “I hope so. I know that if she comes out to one of my shows, she's done it once before, I think she'd be open to doing it again… I'm not too proud to beg."
Someone guaranteed to be joining Shelton on tour is his former “The Voice” contestant RaeLynn, who will serve as his opening act. He raved, “She's a special kid — no doubt about it — so I'm proud to have her out on tour."