There’s no such thing as a typical day for Gwen Stefani. Just cross-reference her Instagram feed with that of country music superstar Blake Shelton—her sparring partner on The Voice and main squeeze—and you’ll see the happy, red-carpet-to-Oklahoma-ranch hopping they do as America’s favorite opposites-attract couple. As you read this, season 17 of The Voice singing competition is in full swing on NBC, and Gwen is also moonlighting on Wednesdays and weekends at her maximum-glam Just a Girl concert residency in Las Vegas. “Like training for a marathon,” as she puts it—and doing it in platform heels. (Related: 20 Times Gwen Stefani’s Abs Looked Insanely Amazing)
So it was a rare “kind-of day off” summer Tuesday when we connected with her at 8 a.m. while she lingered in bed at her Los Angeles home.
Her Personal Pace
“I love having projects. But I also love to be in my bed and have downtime,” she says. “I love to know that I don’t have the guilt of being so busy that I miss out on taking my kids to school.” (She’ll be doing just that for Apollo, age 5, who’s headed to a kindergarten prep class after the interview.)
Home Life with Blake
On the nightstand is a box of chocolates from Shelton, who the day before played entertainment committee for her three sons—the older ones are Kingston, 13, and Zuma, 11—so she could do an all-day photo shoot for her eyewear collections.
“He’s a feeder. He’ll go, ‘Here, I bought you some candy,'” she says of Shelton, whom she fell for in 2015 (in front of more than 14 million viewers of The Voice) following the public breakup of their marriages—hers to rocker Gavin Rossdale after 13 years, his to country singer Miranda Lambert after four years. “I feel as if I spent the last four years healing—you know, trying to build my life again. Having a best friend like Blake to help me do that has been one of the greatest gifts,” says Gwen, 50. If the couple have been coy about their marriage plans, it’s clear they’ve reached their domestic bliss without putting a ring on it.
Date Night Glam Slam
Tonight they’re going to a movie premiere, where the fashion icon will not disappoint in a cutout leopard-print top, fringed shorts, thigh-high boots, and a graffitied army jacket that’s true to her punk-princess roots. “I’ve been shopping my face off buying looks for when we do reality days on the show,” Gwen says. “They just had sales online, so I went crazy. Forty percent off on Yoox? I’m all over it!” Gwen is such a deep-down true believer in fashion with a virtuoso eye that she’s not above digging in the trenches. She not only works looks but lives them, and she’s not waiting for a stylist to play dress-up. “I’m passionate because fashion is such an extension of whatever your mood is or where you are in your life and what you’re trying to say,” she says. Right now, her office is filled with her designer bargains. After I get off the phone, I’m doing my own fitting.”