Gwen - Billboard Magazine [10.09.2017]

Does Blake have a favorite song off the album?

Blake heard “Christmas Eve” and he loved it. He’s like, “This song is so incredible. I’d die for this song. I want to record this song for my record.” No one’s ever recorded any of my songs for their records -- let alone one of the biggest country stars in the world. I was shaking with excitement, and he basically went to Capitol Records and recorded with his band and everything -- his own version of the song. He said, “Listen, I really think children need to be on this song. I want to get the children [who are well enough] from the Children’s Hospital of Nashville” -- Ryan Seacrest had set up this whole studio in that hospital. But it had to be done in like a week. It was never going to happen, and he made it happen. The kids are singing on it, and when you hear the lyrics to the song and the kids singing it really takes on a whole new meaning. So, I think that’s a pretty Christmas-y miracle.

Gwen - Entertainment Weekly [10.12.2017]

You worked with busbee for the first time (5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Aldean). What were you looking for in a collaborator?

Blake’s the one who said I should work with busbee, actually. [And] the thing that’s cool about him is that he has no genre boundaries. He does write for Nashville but he also does everybody else. When I went to the studio, I brought [songwriter] Justin Tranter with me because, like, what if I hated busbee? [Laughs] But we all hit it off within 10 minutes! He was like, “It needs to be raw and punk and sort of classical at the same time!”

You have classic Christmas songs like “Let It Snow” on the album, but also six original songs. Which one kicked off your writing process?

I was at Blake’s ranch in Oklahoma [this year] and there are all these exotic animals — like wildebeests! It’s like Jurassic Park. I decided to go for a run and, you know some people meditate, but I pray, so I was like “I’m going to do my physical exercise and also my mental and spiritual exercise all at the same time! So I was out there thinking to myself, “If I wrote a Christmas song, what would it be?” And, literally, this whole chorus comes out of my mouth! I was just singing out loud, by myself, with the wildebeests, this song called “Christmas Eve.” [Laughs]

Blake also recorded it for his own Christmas record. How’d he ask for that?

I’ve never had anyone record a song of mine for one of their records — let alone one of the biggest country stars ever, so I was like, “Okay, babe!” He went into Capitol Records and recorded it and then he was like, “I really think this song needs to have children on it.” So he went to the Nashville Children’s Hospital to see what kids wanted to and were well enough to sing on it. That song is like a Christmas miracle to me.

You and Blake also duet for the second time since you began dating on the title track. Did you get in the studio together? 

We haven’t directly worked in the same room. [Laughs] I’m dying to, but I’m scared! Anytime you’re going to write with somebody, it’s very intimate and it’s very scary. I’ve only recently learned how to be confident and just be like, “Why do you beat yourself up?” But he was on the bus and he was just sitting around and he came up with the “I wanna thank ya baby” melody and he’s like, “I was just sitting around and thinking about this idea and I don’t know if you can do anything with it…” He’s so humble it’s stupid. When I heard it I was like, “Oh my God, you are such a jerk! You just sent me a hit!” I couldn’t ever imagine having a better Christmas song! It’s uptempo, it’s fun, it doesn’t sound like any style, it has a country guy on it — it’s such a weird mixture! It’s almost like a No Doubt song with Blake on it.

Blake - The Country Source [10.20.2017]

 “‘At The House’ is, I think, part of the reason I decided to name the album Texoma Shore,” said Shelton. “I was spending a lot of time this past summer out on Lake Texoma. There was one week in particular where it was just Gwen and I out there just basically hanging out. We finally had some time off, so we went out on the water every day, went back up to the house every night and just had one of the greatest times of my life. We were listening to this song and relating to it and realizing, ‘Man, this is one of those summers that we’re always going to remember.’”

Blake - The Tennessean [11.03.2017]

“Looking ahead is a helluva lot more fun for me right now than it’s ever been," he said.

“Texoma Shore” is also a career marker that shows the singer’s clear shift in priorities. At 41, Shelton said he’s less concerned with appeasing the country music industry than he is with being happy. And his new music — along with being home with girlfriend Gwen Stefani — makes him happy.

“I’m just feeling so at ease for the first time in maybe ever,” Shelton said. “It’s a peace of mind that I can’t explain and I feel like I owe it to her, and obviously that’s going to be reflected in my music."

“I’ve gotten to the point where I want to do more from home than before,” he said, explaining the vocals for his new album were recorded from his new studio. “We’d sing for a while and then we’d go out on the boat for a while and eat and there was drinking. It felt different. It was way more fun to make this record than I’ve ever had making a record.”

Stefani was sometimes there and assumed the role of caretaker. Shelton remembers she brought down a tray of those “champagne drinks with the orange juice” about 10:30 a.m. just as he was about to start recording.

Blake - People Magazine [11.06.2017]

Gwen Stefani has no qualms about shopping in her boyfriend Blake Shelton‘s closet – and in fact, in the case of his new clothing line, he even encourages her to grab a plaid shirt or two (“and just the plaid shirt, you know what I mean?”). But she wants to make one thing very clear: Though Shelton has influenced her style in some ways, she’s been doing camouflage since way before she met the country superstar.

“It’s funny because when she and I started seeing each other the pictures of us would come out and she’d be wearing camo and the headline would say ‘Blake Is Rubbing Off on Gwen—She Has Camo On’,” Shelton told PeopleStyle at an interview for his new BS clothing collection for Macy’s. “She’s like ‘What the f—? I’ve been wearing camo since I was 17 years old. Here’s the pictures. Why are they saying that? No, I’m the camo girl. You’re copying me!'”

Where he has had some influence? Her baseball cap collection. “If there’s one thing that Gwen has started doing that she probably didn’t do before is the baseball caps that she puts on, they have a little shape to them now,” he says. “It’s probably because it’s my cap she grabs and puts on. She didn’t mean to.”

And where he exerts no influence whatsoever? That would be over the shoes emblazoned with his face that she loves to wear around (top photo), despite his initial reaction. “I don’t know where she got those damn things,” he says. “I remember when she got them though. They shipped them to the house and I didn’t even know what to think. I was like ‘What is that?’ and she goes ‘Aren’t they cute?’ I was like ‘I don’t know how to answer that. That’s my face.’ To me, they’re not cute but I guess the idea [is]. She wears them all the time though, it’s funny. She walks around with my face.”

We can’t wait to see how she styles the button-ups and jackets, but Shelton says he’s not going to offer his input – just let her do her thing. “When you’re Gwen you don’t go call dibs, you just go get what you want,” he says. “So she’s welcome to anything in my closet. I think some of those plaid shirts she will look really cute in. Hopefully it’s my plaid shirt that she puts on and just the plaid shirt. You know what I’m talking about?”

Blake - Nash Country Daily [11.10.2017]

As Blake told Nash Nights Live co-hosts Elaina Smith and Shawn Parr, when he heard Gwen sing “Christmas Eve” for the first time, he “freaked out” and knew he wanted to include it on his re-release.

“It’s crazy because Gwen was working on her Christmas album, and she comes out to the ranch in Oklahoma,” says Blake. “She loves going out there and getting lost in the woods. She went for a run one morning—which I didn’t go on [laughing]—and she came back really quick and she was like, ‘Where’s my phone, where’s my phone?’ She grabbed her phone and had basically written a song on this jog, or at least a chorus. She finished the song later that day and she sang it for me. And I freaked out. I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds like a Christmas classic already.’ So she cut it for her album, and I knew I was supposed to re-release my Christmas album with some new tracks on it and I asked her, ‘I know you’re putting this on your Christmas album that’s coming out, but would you care if I cut it too for my Christmas album?’ So I cut the song Gwen co-wrote for my Christmas album.

Gwen - People Magazine [11.15.2017]

If you ask Gwen Stefani, there’s no man in the world more deserving of being namedSexiest Man Alive than her boyfriend Blake Shelton.

“He’s perfect for it,” the No Doubt rocker, 48, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Somebody that is funny and has a sense of humor is sexy — that’s the No. 1 thing.”

While the country superstar constantly has everyone around him in stitches, his sexy attributes go far beyond just being able to get a laugh out of his loved ones.

“[He’s] somebody that is at the top of their game and talented and genuine and cooland generous and just not self-aware at all — completely a man,” continues Stefani, who teamed up with Shelton on her holiday duet “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” and is hosting an hour-long holiday special airing Dec. 12 on NBC.

The 41-year-old star — whose new album Texoma Shore hit No. 1 this week on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums Chart — also has no idea how attractive he truly is, according to his girlfriend.

“He doesn’t even know how cute he is. [He]’s cocky but only because he’s a cowboy!” Stefani jokes.

At the end of the day, however, what makes Shelton the sexiest man in the world to Stefani is his heart.

“It’s interesting because I don’t think any of those things like beauty or sexy or whatever way you want to describe humans is necessarily a physical thing that people are attracted to,” she says. “It’s all about the heart, and he has that big ol’ gigantic heart in there, so he’s quite an attractive human. I’m not the only one that thinks it!”

Gwen - [11.23.2017]

One might wonder how Stefani maintains her steadfast, starry-eyed belief in romance after two very public back-to-back breakups (her previous long-term relationship, with No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, inspired much of that band’s landmark album Tragic Kingdom). Stefani tells Yahoo Entertainment she “wasn’t even looking [for love] or trying or anything” back in 2015, and admits that when she first started dating Shelton, “I know everybody was like, ‘What are you doing?’ I was the same way! But it just happened, and I just took it.”

Stefani credits her religious faith and a recent spiritual rebirth for allowing her to love again. “At the time when it was going down, never in my wildest dreams would I ever imagine the miracle that happened to me,” she says. “Some people don’t like to hear this, but for me it was a spiritual intervention. It was a true miracle. I think the only way I got through all the hard times is just my spiritual faith and my belief in God, because I’ve just seen the miracles around me.

“I know it makes people uncomfortable to talk about it, but we are at Christmas, a spiritual time, and I am proof of those things,” she continues. “Honestly, that’s just how I got through it and how I got to this place and recognized the gift that was given to me: a new friendship. My No. 1 thing in my life is my faith and everything else falls after that, and I just always have been constantly asking for guidance. That’s all I care about. Everything else is underneath that. [Shelton] was just one of the gifts that I was given. And I’m so very, very, very grateful.”

As for this Christmas, last year Stefani and Shelton made homemade gnocchi, manicotti, and Stefani’s grandmother’s lasagna (“We just cooked and cooked and cooked!”), and this year, Stefani says, “My holiday challenge will be, if I can do it, gingerbread.” Stefani says “tradition is really important” to her, but says her favorite new holiday tradition is just getting to spend the season with her new love on his home turf.

“I think really for our whole family, that’s a new tradition right there, just the experience of Oklahoma and the middle of America. It’s just that cultural collision [between Oklahoma and Stefani’s Southern California] that I love. I’m such a huge fan of cultures and learning their traditions and combining them with what we’re doing. It’s cute.”

Gwen - Vogue [12.04.2017]

I really do take care of my hair, even more than my face. Because you have to if you’re a blonde. It’s a funny story actually because Blake, my boyfriend, has a ranch in Oklahoma, and the water there is like, out of a well. I said: “Ok I guess we’re going to have to break up if you don’t put soft water into the system because I’m not going to have any hair anymore...” I mean, it’s gonna break! So we just got the soft water, and I was like, hallelujah!

Gwen - [12.06.2017]

Stefani's personal life is off-limits, the BBC is told in advance of this interview - but she happily chats away about Shelton, after pausing to check whether we've heard of him. We definitely have. After all, he's just been named the sexiest man alive.

"Exactly!" Stefani laughs, with a self-deprecating flick of her hair. "I don't know if you heard about him? The sexiest man alive? That's my boyfriend, by the way."

In fact, it was going to be hard to avoid discussing Shelton, since he co-wrote the title track on You Make It Feel Like Christmas, a cute little love song that rides the rhythm of The Supremes' You Can't Hurry Love.

The track came out of the blue, says Stefani, as Shelton has largely given up writing his own songs. "He went to Nashville just to be a writer but he doesn't enjoy it, I guess. He just likes singing," she explains. "But he just happened to be sitting around on the [tour] bus and started writing that song, You Make It Feel Like Christmas. He sent me a voice text and I was like, 'I was just thinking about your record and I don't know if this is any good'. And I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this sounds like a hit!' It's one thing to write a Christmas song that's mid-tempo or slow or emotional, but an uptempo, fun, joyful one? That's hard."