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Blake Shelton Reveals Most Important Lesson that 2020 Taught Him

by Joe Rutland
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Country music singer-songwriter Blake Shelton found something to occupy his time when not on the road in 2020. Get engaged.

That’s just what Shelton did to fellow musician Gwen Stefani. Both Shelton and Stefani are known for their musical work and as being coaches on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Yet 2020 for musicians, who spend weeks on the road touring and seeing city after city, found themselves at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Going through quarantine with Stefani led to Shelton learning an important lesson about himself and life.

“I was thinking when the year began, wow, what is this year, is there ever going to be anything good that comes out of it?” Shelton said during an interview with CMT Top 20 Countdown host Katie Cook.

Blake Shelton Watched Couples Dissolve During 2020

He said that as the year developed, he saw so many couples uncouple in 2020.

“I think they figure out when you quarantine with someone, you really figure out quickly who they are and the things you like or don’t like about them,” Shelton said.

Shelton, though, found himself quarantined with Stefani for six months.

“For musicians to not be going different directions, eventually through that amount of time, we just figured out that, wow, this is right, this is the person I want to be with and I’m not tired of her,” he said.

Shelton said Stefani doesn’t get on his nerves.

“I love her just as much as I ever thought I did,” he said. “Of course I want to marry her, what am I waiting for? So 2020 did answer that question, I think, for she and I both and it seemed like the right time.”

Shelton Opens Up About Roofing Houses for $8 an Hour

In light of Shelton’s new song “Minimum Wage” being released, the singer opens up about one of his first low-paying jobs.

The Oklahoman was telling “The Bobby Bones Show” about the time he was roofing houses.

“I roofed houses in Ada, Oklahoma,” Shelton said when asked about his first minimum wage job. “And, it may have been more than minimum wage now that I think about it. I think I got paid $8 an hour and I feel like way back then minimum wage might have been like $6 an hour or something closer to that so. Man, I stepped right into the big money roofing houses.”

As a matter of fact, Bones tells Shelton that he roofed houses in Arkansas. Bones goes on to tell Shelton that he was given the task to remove old shingles. However, he was not allowed to put on new shingles.

“I never worked up to shingle guy in two years,” Shelton said. “I was a tear-off guy and I could carry, by the end of the run, I could carry two bundles of shingles up at a time on my shoulder, which is like 120 pounds. That was the only time in my life I was ever in shape. …”