Throughout Gwen Stefani and Blake Sheltonâ€™s nearly three-year relationship, the tabloids have been rushing them down the aisle. In fact, there have been so many false marriage and wedding rumors that Gossip Cop has lost count. But below, weâ€™ve rounded up five examples just from 2018.
The year started out with OK! announcing in early January that Stefani and Shelton secretly married in a â€śbackyard wedding.â€ť It was specifically alleged the ceremony took place at her L.A. estate around the holidays, and was arranged at the last minute with only â€ś27 of the coupleâ€™s nearest and dearestâ€ť in attendance. The magazine further tried to dupe readers by teasing on its cover, â€śHis Mom Tells All.â€ť That made it seem like Sheltonâ€™s mother gave all the purported details to the outlet. In actuality, the article featured an old quote from someone who claimed to be a â€śsurrogate momâ€ť to the country superstar. Fishy? Totally. And a rep for Stefani also confirmed to Gossip Cop that the marriage claims were completely â€śuntrue.â€ť
In April, Life & Style declared on its cover that Stefani and Shelton were having a â€śwedding & a baby.â€ť Gossip Cop immediately pointed out the photo deception right on the cover. To make readers think the songstress was already expecting, the publication took a photo of the couple walking on the beach and digitally removed an alcoholic beverage from Stefaniâ€™s hand. As for the wedding portion of the story, it was claimed the pair intended to marry â€śthis summerâ€ť in front of just â€ś22 friends.â€ť (Sound familiar?) But just a few weeks before this, â€śEntertainment Tonightâ€ť reported that Stefani and Shelton were â€śnot ready to get married.â€ť Now a huge chunk of the summer has passed, and they still havenâ€™t tied the knot.
The following month, In Touch maintained Stefani and Sheltonâ€™s wedding plans were â€śin crisis.â€ť While she was supposedly â€śdropping major hintsâ€ť about getting married, it was claimed he wasnâ€™t â€śready to get hitched, and he may never be.â€ť As proof, the magazine pointed to an interview in which Shelton when asked about marrying Stefani and replied, â€śI donâ€™t think itâ€™s any time soon or anything.â€ť But as Gossip Cop noted at the time, the outlet misled fans by not featuring his full remarks. Shelton actually said, â€śI think about it. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s any time soon or anything. The more time that goes by, I guess, the closer youâ€™d be getting to that.â€ť Clearly, he didnâ€™t rule out getting married at all, and actually suggested it may happen down the road.
Also in May, the National Enquirer peddled a story contending, Shelton was â€śconverting to Catholicism to marryâ€ť Stefani. â€śAfter Gwen and her parents welcomed Blake into their family, they asked him to become a Catholic as a final step to the altar,â€ť alleged the tabloid, with a source adding, â€śBlake didnâ€™t blink when he asked.â€ť It was further claimed he had given up drinking, too. But only days before this, Shelton had posted on Twitter a photo of himself drinking with Stefani by his side. As for the contentions about a religious conversion, though Shelton is sometimes seen attending church with Stefani, her spokesperson told Gossip Cop it was not true she and her parents asked him to convert.
In June, OK! apparently forgot it already claimed Stefani and Shelton were married because it ran a new story speculating a wedding was â€śweeks away.â€ť After the couple attended a friendâ€™s nuptials in Texas, the publication asserted their own â€ścountry-style weddingâ€ť was in the works. The supposed plans entailed having a â€śmidsummer backyard wedding at Blakeâ€™s sprawling Oklahoma ranch.â€ť Reminder: In the January cover story, it was alleged they married in a â€śbackyard weddingâ€ť at Stefaniâ€™s home. The blatant flip-flop underscored just how made-up the tabloidâ€™s articles were. And on top of Stefaniâ€™s rep telling Gossip Cop this latest tale was â€śnot true,â€ť it should be noted that â€śmidsummerâ€ť has come and gone by this point without any wedding.
The gossip media has a few storylines it loves to return to over and over again. Thatâ€™s why Gossip Cop has also looked at wrong Stefani-Shelton split rumors, as well as wrong rumors about Shelton and Stefani having a baby. The tabloids constantly want to put the couple, and all celebrity duos, into boxes. But oftentimes, they donâ€™t really fit a mold. As Stefani and Sheltonâ€™s relationship continues to progress at their own pace, Gossip Cop will keep letting fans know whatâ€™s real and whatâ€™s rumor.