Did Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton get married in Reno, Nevada? That's what one of this week's magazines is reporting. Gossip Cop, however, looked into the story and cannot find anything to substantiate the claim that they had a secret wedding.
According to The Globe, Shelton "gave in" to Stefani and recently eloped. The supermarket tabloid maintains in late October Shelton "whisked" his longtime girlfriend to Reno, where they allegedly "snatched up a marriage license and got hitched by a preacher in the privacy of their hotel room." To lend credence to its story, the outlet has an unnamed and untraceable "source" contend, "It was the way they wanted it, a marriage ceremony for just the two of them."
The publication claims Stefani and the twice-divorced Shelton only tied the knot because the No Doubt singer was "really adamant" that they wed. The magazine's supposed "insider" is then quoted as saying in bizarrely unnatural language, "Blake was scared of a lot of things, but mainly being a three-time loser in marriage." And when Stefani allegedly told him, "It's now or never, baby," asserts the anonymous and possibly made-up "source," Shelton realized he "might lose Gwen if he kept treading water, and that scared him more than the thought of getting married for the third time."
Toward the end of its highly suspect article, the tabloid adds how Shelton and Stefani have "slowly broken their nuptial news to friends and family." The first person told, alleges "pals," was her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale. Someone identified only as an "industry confidant" asserts he "took it in stride."
Now allow Gossip Cop to point out why this story is, at best, questionable and almost assuredly fabricated. Glaringly, the tabloid does not mention on what date Shelton and Stefani supposedly got married, opting instead to vaguely note "late October." Nor does the outlet offer the name of the hotel where they purportedly exchanged vows. And one must wonder why, of all the publications out there, including far more respected ones, that the Globe is the only one to have learned Stefani and Shelton wed in secret.
Also, as touched on earlier, the story's quotations, such as Shelton worrying about "being a three-time loser in marriage," sound incredibly fake. Gossip Cop reached out to the two singers' reps, but have yet to hear back because of the holiday weekend. In the recent past, we've been assured other claims about them have gotten secretly married in California or Oklahoma were untrue.
Gossip Cop also spent a lot of time trying to find a marriage license in Reno for the couple, but tellingly nothing came up. Irrespective of all of that, while the magazine seemingly omitted lots of details on purpose, one of the few things it stated as fact was that Shelton and Stefani "got hitched by a preacher in the privacy of their hotel room... just the two of them." That was a mistake, because one of the requirements when getting married in Reno, according to the marriage section on the Washoe County website, is that "one witness must be present," so it's impossible for it to have been "just the two of them."
This isn't the first time Gossip Cop has caught the supermarket tabloid in a lie. Just a few months ago, we busted the publication when it claimed Stefani was worried about Shelton being too unhealthy. At the time, her rep exclusively told us the magazine's report was "untrue." It appears the latest article is equally unwedded to the truth.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.