Yet, there was another exciting, new project Stefani was working on. Things were going great with her solo career and with her husband Gavin Rossdale (also a musician) and now she had a baby on the way.
In 2006, Stefani and Rossdale welcomed their first child together, a son, Kingston Rossdale. While Stefani was riding high on life’s joys, Shelton’s life was also taking off in new ways.
No Doubt She Was Going Places
The early 2000s were incredible for Stefani. She was the stunning lead singer for the band No Doubt, with a handful of hits that everyone was listening to. But as No Doubt released a greatest-hits album in 2003, Stefani also started working on some personal projects too.
Her personal projects then morphed into a several-year hiatus from the band. But it was a good break for Stefani, as her own songs quickly turned into a multi-platinum album.
A Duet and a Solo
Stefani was reveling in her solo career as her debut solo album "Love. Angel. Music. Baby." (L.A.M.B.) was released in 2004. Fans went wild over the album; the lyrics, the beats, and the tracklist were a major hit.
Interestingly enough, while Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were singing their duet on stage in 2005, Stefani simultaneously set out on her first solo tour (called the Harajuku Lovers Tour).
Different Loves, Similar Music
In 2006, Shelton was in the midst of a separation with his first wife, while Stefani was expanding her family. One thing they had in common at this time was that their music careers were both flourishing.
Ironically, during 2005 and 2006, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Gwen Stefani were all reaching the top charts for their albums and being awarded platinum certifications.
Life happened fast for Gwen Stefani. She released her first solo album, finished a tour, and had given birth to her first child all within 2-3 years. Stefani had a great support system made up of her family and her husband as she was flying as a solo artist.
Simultaneously, Lambert and Shelton’s relationship was kept as platonic as possible because of his marriage. Lambert had kept up the friendship with Shelton as she was becoming country music’s brightest young star.