In case you missed the memo (distributed weekly via People Magazine), Blake Shelton is an old-fashioned kind of guy with old-fashioned values. According to this week’s memo, Blake did the old-fashioned thing when he proposed to his girlfriend of five years Gwen Stefani by first asking permission from the men in her life, her sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6. Lord knows it’s the right thing to do, and it’s the old-fashioned way to do it.
I guess he did it out of respect for those boys whose lives are going to be absolutely turned upside down when this strange man who they’ve barely met (the new house is so big they hardly ever see him!) starts sleeping with their mom. Never mind the fact that they’ve been planning their wedding since 2016. It’s the old-fashioned thought that counts. According to People:
Before Blake Shelton got down on one knee at his Tishomingo, Oklahoma, ranch to propose to longtime love Gwen Stefani last month, he made sure to first get approval from three very important people: her sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6.
“Blake told her boys that he wanted to propose and asked their permission,” a source close to Stefani tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. “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.”
Though the country star, 44, and No Doubt rocker, 51, kept their long-awaited news private for several days, the source says the couple were “very excited” to share it with the world on Oct. 27, when they posted a joyful joint announcement showing off the ring on Instagram.
Of course they said yes! What else are they going to say, “you know what, rich and famous extra dad who gave us each our own ATVs and rifles and always leaves the liquor cabinet unlocked, no you can’t marry our mother!” Unless Blake was making them do real county chores out on the ranch, it would be shocking if those boys weren’t more than happy to put on their little camo-tuxedos and walk their momma down the aisle. Especially now that they’re back in L.A. living in their $13 million newly renovated mansion. The only country chores to do there are ringing a bell to alert the maid that the private chef left a dirty footprint in the foyer coming back from the farmer’s market.