Blake Shelton on leaving The Voice to do ‘nothing’

Blake Shelton is ready to roll up his cowboy boots.

After announcing earlier this fall that he would be leaving The Voice next year, the 46-year-old country music superstar plans to retire from showbiz in a big way.

“People have been saying to me, ‘Man, come on. You’re not leaving The Voice [to do] Nothing!’ But I really am,” Shelton told People. “Please, I accept ideas.”

Shelton — who has been the only coach to have appeared on all 22 seasons of “The Voice” since NBC’s singing competition Moloch began in 2011 — will finally vacate his big red chair next spring.

“The lag over the years has been that I have a hard time letting go,” he said. “I’ve been there literally since the first minute.”

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton continue "The voice."
Blake Shelton fell in love with his wife Gwen Stefani on the set of The Voice.
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And the singer credits the show with boosting his own careers as well as those of the contestants. “When I started on ‘The Voice,’ it was ten years into my career as a country artist,” he said. “I never really made it through Country Artists High School until I became a coach. The show has done a heck of a lot more for me than I brought to the table at the time. I’ve surpassed anything I ever thought possible in the entertainment world.”

Despite starting a new celebrity drinking game show called “Barmageddon” with “Voice” host Carson Daly on USA Network this week, Shelton is slowing down his career. “It’s time to move some of that forward [work] Let things out and let more family and personal life in,” he said.

That personal life, of course, includes his wife – and “Voice” coach – Gwen Stefani, 53, and their sons Kingston, 16, Zuma, 14, and Apollo, 8, with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and their sons Kingston, Apollo and Zuma.
Blake Shelton plans to spend more time with his wife Gwen Shelton and their sons Kingston (left), Apollo and Zuma.

“If I were to give up my career at this point, I only risk regret that I’m missing out on some more important things in life. At the moment, these are our children,” he said. “This isn’t about me anymore and never will be again… I’ve made a lot of money, but time can’t be bought back.”

And with Stefani and his family at their home in Oklahoma, Shelton is enjoying a quiet life.

“Gwen and I traveled, toured and worked so much in the first half of our lives that we’re now like, ‘Hey, I’m good to put on my sweatpants at 6 p.m. and watch Ozark eight times.’ he said. “This is our life now, and we love it.” Blake Shelton on leaving The Voice to do ‘nothing’

Emma Bowman

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