Longtime Voice coach and country music superstar Blake Shelton has spoken openly about his decision to leave The Voice after 23 seasons and has spoken out a new interview with People about having regrets and what his plan is when he’s done with the show.
Here’s what Shelton had to say:
Shelton is more concerned that he regrets staying with The Voice than regrets leaving
For his People cover story, Shelton conducted a lengthy video interview in which he delved deeply into his decision to withdraw from The Voice after the season, which airs in Spring 2023.
He said he doesn’t consider it a risk at this point in his life because the only thing he worries about is his regret that he stayed instead of living with his wife Gwen Stefani, who he is at ” The Voice”. and her three sons, to whom Shelton is a stepfather.
“I don’t think it’s a risk to leave the show. I do not think so [it’s a risk] if I left my career at that point,” Shelton said. “The only thing I risk is regret and you don’t know what that will be until you look back one day but I feel like if I stayed on this path I would regret that I’m missing out on more important ones things in life.”
He went on to talk about how having kids completely changed him. Although he is not the biological father of Stefani’s sons, he takes his role as stepfather very seriously.
“Having kids really makes you go, ‘Oh, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. This isn’t about me anymore and it never will be,'” Shelton said. “And if you don’t tell yourself that, I just think you’re only hurting yourself because you’re going to miss it and you’re going to regret it and deep down you will.”
Shelton also said that he “achieved more than anything [he] could ever imagine” in his career and he has “made a lot of money” but you “can’t buy back time”.
“That’s why I want to invest now, and that’s our children for now. Despite being a step-parent, I still take this job very seriously and the kids don’t see me as anything other than just a very important person in their lives. [When they ask,] ‘Why isn’t Blake here?’ I take that to heart,” the singer said, adding, “I’m someone they actually lean on and that’s not a responsibility I’ve ever had and not something that I ever thought of, you know what I mean? So it’s just – I don’t really know how to put it into words. It’s just a different sense of self-esteem and maybe it’s the opposite of self-esteem because you put yourself at the bottom of the rung and they go up in front of you, you know? I guess they taught me that.”
When Shelton announced in October that he was leaving The Voice, he wrote on Instagram that he “fought with it [decision] for a while,” but ultimately decided it was time to “resign.”
“This show has changed my life for the better in every way and will always feel like home to me. It was one hell of a ride,” Shelton wrote.
In the comments, Stefani wrote, “I am so proud of you and so blessed to have found you. Your talent brings joy to the hearts of so many and I am so lucky to be a part of your journey in life.”
What’s next for Blake Shelton after The Voice? He is not sure
Shelton laughed as he recounted how many friends had asked him what he would do after he finished “The Voice,” and his response was always, “I don’t have a plan.”
“People have been saying to me, ‘Man, come on. You’re not leaving The Voice [to do] Nothing!’ But I really am. … I really don’t have a plan, I just want to see what’s next, and I don’t know what that is. It’s exciting,” Shelton said, adding that he “almost said it was scary,” but actually it’s not that scary.
“[I]It really isn’t [scary] because I wasn’t looking for this job [on ‘The Voice’] and I found it, so it’s kind of exciting to know what else is out there. Or maybe nothing. Maybe in a few years I’ll look back and say, ‘Man, that was it. That was my moment and damn I made the most of it. But now, at this moment, I know it’s time for me to step down as a coach. It’s time,” Shelton said.
Shelton’s final season of The Voice will air on NBC in Spring 2023.
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