The possibility of Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton dating appeared to move closer to reality over the weekend. First, the pair were spotted arriving minutes apart at a posh New York hotel for a rumored hook-up; then, they partied the night away at Jared Leto’s Halloween house party, before leaving…in the same luxury SUV. But: are Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton dating? Their own comments on the matter remain playful and coy…
The first trigger for the most recent “Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton dating” rumors was the alleged hook-up they enjoyed late last week, following a flirt-filled taping of The Tonight Show. Following the show, multiple paparazzi caught photos of Gwen as she traveled from the Tonight Show studio to a nearby hotel, allegedly to change before flying home…and then noticed Shelton arrive at the same hotel, via a different entrance, with a change of clothes in his hand.
Then, there was the matter of the Halloween parties the pair attended together. Stefani’s costume? A sexy cowgirl–which was widely reported as both a “Sexy Blake Shelton” getup, and, even more simply, as “Blake Shelton’s sexy cowgirl.”
Multiple sources reported that Stefani, 46, and Shelton, 39–each of whom is newly divorced–had a great time together at the party. They arrived at Jared Leto’s together, having just come from George Clooney’s bash; when they left Leto’s at the same time, both wore “big smiles,” and were apparently holding each others’ hands, until they saw a photographer and stopped.
Here’s a shot of Stefani’s sexy cowgirl costume, courtesy of her Instagram feed–
–and another shot, this one of Stefani arriving at the party just ahead of Shelton. Blake’s costume? A neo-bandit, complete with bright red poncho and trucker cap. Not a bad compliment to a throwback-themed Western costume like Stefani’s sexy cowgirl:
An associate of Shelton’s addressed the Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton dating rumors head-on, saying that “Blake and Gwen are going through similar situations,” and “are flirty” together. Furthermore, the source said that Gwen and Blake “have spent time together and have drawn support from each other.
“They are good friends,” concluded the source. “[They]…are close-knit…and share a unique bond.”
Stefani herself addressed the Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton dating rumors in a next-day interview with Carson Daly. She neither confirmed nor denied the possibility, saying instead “We’re just trying to have fun, you know?…I was literally that party girl that you hear about when their life blows up and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going out! Watch me!'”
(Photo credits: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton dating via Instagram; WENN.com; @PapCultureNYC / Splash News; screencap via NBC)