BLAKE SHELTON
Opens Up About His Past And First Marriage

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I know, today seems like it’s all about the magazine interviews, right? We just can’t help it, LOL! This time around it’s Blake Shelton who opens up to Men’s Journal about his past, his first marriage and why it didn’t work out about about the love of his life, Miranda Lambert. Here are some highlights:

Signing on to The Voice: When the producers of ‘The Voice’ first approached Shelton’s agent, after seeing him do some funny guest appearances on another reality competition and some awards shows, Shelton turned them down flat. He only relented when he heard Christina Aguilera had signed on. “I was like, ‘F–k, who am I to be the holdout?’” he says. “I’m the country guy nobody’s ever heard of.” He credits his breakout success to the fact that you don’t usually see good old boys like him in network TV’s New York- and L.A.-centric worlds. “Sometimes I think they don’t know who all of us are in the middle,” he says. “If there’s one thing special about me, it’s that I seem familiar. People feel like I live next door.”

His first marriage: “Looking back, it was just the wrong thing all around… I married my buddy.”

On Miranda Lambert: “I don’t give her too much s–t,” he says, smiling. “That’s like poking a bear.” But he says he was never intimidated by Lambert, despite her fiery rep. “She’s as lovable as can be – until you cross her. She’ll go from zero to 100 real quick. If Miranda has an inkling you’re saying something hardass to her, it’s gonna be a problem.” Recently, Shelton says, she got into it at a Nashville bar with someone he’ll only identify as “the lead singer of a very popular rock band.” The guy was drunk and said something out of line to Lambert, and she threw a drink on him. Shelton quickly got in between them, but he insists no actual punches were thrown. “I’m a lover,” he says, “not a fighter.”

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Photos via WENN/Men’s Journal

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