Instant Follow Friday: Gwen Stefani Has Found New (Country) Love

Newly-single person Gwen Stefani was confirmed to be dating her The Voice co-star and newly-single person Blake Shelton.

And people/the Internet can’t really believe it.

But alas, love fades, love blossoms, it’s the circle of life. In honor of Gwen’s new (country) love, we’re celebrating her in this week’s Instant Follow Friday.

The No Doubt babe, who’s also known as “mom” to her three young boys Kingston, Zuma and Apollo with ex Gavin Rossdale, has dominated the ska and pop lines since her band broke out onto the scene in the ’90s. And since making her debut as a solo artist in 2004 with Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Stefani has remained cemented as a bonafide alternative pop and fashion icon.

Perhaps that’s why her newfound romantic fling with one of country music’s biggest stars, Shelton, is a bit confounding to the greater celeb-obsessed public. Their proximity (and flirtatious relationship) on The Voice aside, on the surface, Shelton and Stefani do make a cute couple because it’s so unexpected.

And after that awkward “Hotling Bling” duet, and the whispers that they were “flirting,” it’s refreshing to finally have some sort of short and sweet confirmation that, in fact, they “are longtime friends who have very recently started dating” (as Stefani’s rep put it).

So, so long to the era of Gwen & Gavin, the couple U “Used to Love” circa 2002 – August 2015:

❤️🙏❤️

A photo posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on

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And welcome to the time of Gwen & Blake, circa 2015 – ?

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(Also farewell Blake and Miranda Lambert, who were together from 2011 – July 2015.)

Follow Gwen on Instagram @gwenstefani and on Twitter @gwenstefani.

Click to the gallery above to see some of her best Instagram pics!