A tabloid claims Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton‘s supposed “wedding” has been delayed because the singer’s first marriage has yet to be annulled. The story isn’t remotely accurate. Gossip Cop can debunk it.
According to In Touch, the music stars are planning to walk down the aisle but Stefani won’t do so until the Catholic Church annuls her first marriage to Gavin Rossdale. A supposed source tells the magazine that the singer “began the formal process” months ago so that her marriage to Shelton would be “recognized by the Church.” The alleged insider adds, “Now she’s found out that the annulment could take another year, which has her extremely frustrated.”
The suspicious tipster goes on to say that Shelton “doesn’t understand why the annulment is so important to her since they have essentially been living in ‘sin'” by shacking up together. The questionable source adds, “He’s patient, but he would like to have a civil ceremony ahead of a religious ceremony, which is a big no-no in the Catholic Church, and Gwen’s religion has always been important to her.” The so-called “insider” concludes, “Once the annulment is granted, Gwen and Blake will immediately get married. It’s just not going to be anytime soon.”
None of this is true, but that last line of the piece is particularly interesting, considering In Touch claimed a few months ago that Stefani was pregnant with Shelton’s baby and the two were getting married at his Oklahoma ranch. A skeptic might even say that the tabloid comes up with new storylines as it goes along. Another major issue with the magazine’s latest article is that the music stars aren’t even engaged, let alone working with the Catholic Church to plan their wedding.
In addition to being wrong, this latest report is also unoriginal. The premise about Stefani delaying her wedding to Shelton because she wanted her marriage to Rossdale annulled by the Catholic Church was first floated a month ago by its sister publication, Us Weekly, which has had its share of inaccurate pieces about the couple. About a week later, its other sister outlet, the National Enquirer, upped the stakes and insisted Stefani was going to beg the Pope for an annulment of her first marriage so she could wed Shelton.
As opposed to the Us Weekly article, which put the annulment process at 12 months, the Enquirer maintained it could take “up to three years,” and so the No Doubt singer was booking a “trip to the Vatican” with Shelton and her parents to appeal directly to His Holiness in Rome. In both instances, Stefani’s rep went on the record with Gossip Cop to call the stories about Stefani waiting for an annulment “untrue.”
It bears mentioning that in every interview in which the singers have been asked about when they’re getting married, neither has said anything about an annulment being the stumbling block. The tabloids need to stop making up excuses for why their previous predictions about when Stefani and Shelton are going to wed haven’t panned out.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.