A story claiming Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton will "never marry if they're not engaged in 2018" is thoroughly made-up. In fact, it comes from a webloid that has published numerous manufactured and false stories about the couple marrying. Gossip Cop can bust this latest one.
HollywoodLife is claiming to have "EXCLUSIVE details" on why "if there's no ring on Gwen's finger by the end of the new year, the couple may take marriage off the table for good." Giving a ridiculously large window of time, a so-called "source close to the couple" is quoted as saying, "They are at the point of their relationship where forever is a part of the conversation and Gwen is hoping to be engaged and ready for marriage by the end of 2018."
"If she doesn't get a ring by the end of 2018 then she thinks it might never happen," adds the site's supposed snitch. Here's what's really going on, though: If Stefani and Shelton don't get engaged next year, the outlet can tout it was right about the pair not marrying. And if they do get engaged next year, it can also brag it was right about 2018 being the time-frame. The blog is giving itself a 12-month period in hopes that it's claims pay off either way.
The online publication goes on to write that "there's been a lot of speculation that Gwen and Blake have been considering tying the knot for a while and they may have even thought of eloping instead of having a big wedding," without acknowledging that it was guilty of spreading such misinformation. Last month, Gossip Cop called out HollywoodLies, as it's known, for claiming Shelton and Stefani "may be taking it to the next level in a simple way and eloping soon." That faux "exclusive" came two weeks after the webloid alleged the couple was engaged after Shelton "secretly proposed."
If they were engaged and planning to elope, why is the site now running this new story about Stefani questioning whether there will be an engagement in 2018? The outlet can't keep its narrative straight, and clearly doesn't care to, because its "sources" aren't real. If they were, there wouldn't be all these inconsistencies, contradictions and inaccuracies. The truth is that HollywoodLies has no idea if the couple plans on marrying, which is why this latest piece was concocted to cover its bases.
As for the pair's actual future, Shelton said during a radio interview with 99.5 The Wolf last month, "I don't think we're close to calling a wedding planner." He added in a dig at the gossip media, "And, what the hell, if you pick up the latest tabloids, we've been married for a while, anyway." Indeed, HollywoodLies claimed Shelton and Stefani were "married" last year, before flip-flopping. That's just further evidence the blog doesn't actually know what it's talking about and is just making it up as it goes long, as Gossip Cop has repeatedly been told by our impeccable contacts.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.