Blake Shelton is ready to kick up his cowboy boots.
After announcing earlier this fall that he would be leaving “The Voice” next year, the 46-year-old country superstar plans to retire from show biz in a big way.
“I’ve had people say, ‘Man, come on. You’re not leaving “The Voice.” [to do] nothing!’ But I really am,” Shelton told People. “Please, I accept ideas.”
Shelton — who has been the only coach to appear on all 22 seasons of “The Voice” since NBC’s singing competition began in 2011 — will finally vacate his big red chair next spring.
“The hold back over the years has been that it’s a hard thing for me to let go,” he said. “I’ve literally been here from the first minute.”
And the singer credits the show for boosting his own career as well as that of the contestants. “When I started on ‘The Voice,’ it was 10 years into my career as a country artist,” he said. “I never really made it to the A-level of country artists until I became a coach. The show did a lot more for me than what I brought to the table at the time. I have far surpassed anything I thought I could ever achieve in the entertainment world.”
Although Shelton launched a new celebrity drinking show this week, “Barmageddon” with “Voice” host Carson Daly on USA Network, he’s slowing down his career. “It’s time to push something out of this [work] stuff out and let more family and personal life in,” he said.
Of course, that personal life includes his wife – and fellow “Voice” coach – Gwen Stefani (53), as well as her sons Kingston (16), Zuma (14) and Apollo (8) with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.
“If I walked away from my career at this point, the only thing I risk regretting is missing out on some more important things in life. For now it is our children,” he said. “It’s not about me anymore and never will be again… I made a lot of money, but you can’t buy back time.”
And with Stefani and family at their home in Oklahoma, Shelton enjoys living a quiet life.
“Gwen and I spent the first half of our lives traveling and touring and working so much that now we’re like, ‘Hey, I’m good at putting on my sweatpants at 6:00 PM and watching “Ozark” eight times. ” he said. “It’s our life now, and we love it.”