The Voice coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have warmed the hearts of many with their tender, loving relationship. As the stepdad to Stefani’s three sons — Kingston, 15, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, seven — Shelton has shown himself to be caring, thoughtful, and fun. So it’s no wonder that Stefani greeted her husband on Father’s Day on Instagram.
The post included photos of the family enjoying each other’s company, with the caption, “Happy Father’s Day @blakeshelton we all love you sooooo much god really gave you to me for the ups and downs ❤️ gx.”
Many fans praised the post and recognized what an amazing stepdad Shelton is. However, other fans were offended that Stefani didn’t mention her real father, Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. Though they’ve been divorced since 2016, Rossdale has maintained an active and loving role in his children’s lives, according to People.
Many commenters on Stefani’s Instagram post felt Rossdale should have been given credit. One wrote: “A cute post but what about her birth father? I think he should scream too, no?” Another poster replied, “Yeah, I thought so too, it’s like Gavin doesn’t exist, it’s kind of sad that she never mentions him anymore. He is the father of her children.”
One comment read, “Reminding you your kids are Rossdale not Shelton,” and a similar post read, “Gavin is the father.”
Another Instagram user commented, “Don’t get me wrong I love you guys together but for you to say that without mentioning Gavin as his only father is so wrong. Sorry, not sorry.” One poster asked, “What about her father? Where’s his Happy Father’s Day?”
Not everyone agreed that Stefani’s failure to mention Rossdale was a snub. One commenter was adamant in defending Stefani, writing: “She doesn’t have to mention him on her page if the older boys want to shout at dad then she wouldn’t have a problem with that but to her they’re divorced so she doesn’t have to do anything but watch for it make sure the boys see their dad when he’s supposed to have them!”
Another defense attorney wrote: “Blake has been raising these boys with Gwen for over 7 years. Blake is a great guy. Gavin who?” Another poster commented, “Children belong to whoever raises them!”
Despite the opinion of some fans, Shelton isn’t the only man raising Kingston, Zuma and Apollo. According to a 2020 article in People, Stefani and the boys’ biological father, Gavin Rossdale, share 50/50 custody.
Rossdale posted a New Year’s picture of him and the kids to Instagram in January, captioning it, “HAPPY NEW YEAR – it’s hard to think about the last year without a bit of confusion – what was that? – it’s great that we’re here Start over again – let’s hope it’s as fulfilling as possible.”
Rossdale told People that his children inspire him to make his music the best it can be. He was beaming that his eldest son, Kingston, was beginning to show an interest in music that mirrored his father’s. “Basically, all three are boys, all my kids, they’re just better versions of me. I gave them my strengths,” Rossdale reflected in People.
Rossdale is the lead singer of the rock band Bush, which had hits in the 1990s with songs like “Everything Zen”, “Machinehead”, “Little Things”, “Glycerine” and “Comedown”.