As the relationship between Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani keeps going strong, talk has shifted to whether the couple is expecting (or may be in the near future). Blake and Gwen have been fielding rumors that Gwen is pregnant ever since they announced their engagement in October of 2021. Now, a joke Blake made on a recent episode of The Voice put the rumor mill into high gear. So, is there any truth to the rumors? Here's what we know.
Is Gwen Stefani pregnant?
The rumor that Gwen was pregnant first sprang up in May of 2020. At the time, Star reported that the couple was expecting twins via IVF. Obviously, at this point (nearly a year later), it's safe to say that that rumor wasn't true.
Odds are that if the couple decides to have children, they will announce it publicly. Although they don't reveal all the details about their private lives, they do tend to share the biggest announcements with their fans. That includes their engagement, which they shared with fans back in October of 2020.
Blake (perhaps inadvertently) reignited the rumors on an episode of Season 20 of The Voice when he name-dropped Gwen and then joked that she was absent from the show because she was "delivering twins right now."
"She's pushing them out, while I'm here working," he said.
It's pretty obvious that the comment was meant just a joke (perhaps referencing the inaccurate IVF rumor), but it definitely got people wondering whether that was some truth to it. As far as we can tell, though, the answer is no. Blake really was just joking.
Gwen Stefani already has three children.
Although she doesn't yet have any kids with Blake, Gwen is already a mother three times over. She has three boys with her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, whom she was with from 1995 to 2015, when the couple announced their divorce due to "irreconcilable differences." Since then, Gwen's most public and high-profile relationship has been with Blake. Blake had also been through a recent divorce when the two of them got together.
Although Blake is not their father, he has apparently grown close to Gwen's sons. According to a source speaking with People, Blake even asked her sons for permission before he proposed.
"Blake told her boys that he wanted to propose and asked their permission," the source said. "Her family very much approves of him. He's an amazing partner and a great extra dad to the boys. Gwen is ecstatic. The proposal was a surprise."
Although Blake never had any kids of his own during his marriage to Miranda Lambert, he has frequently raved about Gwen's kids in interviews.
"There's days where you go, 'Oh my God, when does school start?'" he said in an interview with People. "An hour later you're going, 'God, I can't wait 'til they get home.' They're so damn funny. It's just my first time being around it, and it's easy to fall in love with those kids. They're pretty special."
Blake shows up in pictures with Gwen's kids with some frequency on social media. Now that the couple is getting married, Gwen's kids are likely to see even more of Blake than they already do. As for whether the pair is planning for any children of their own at this point, that is a question that still needs to be answered.