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Blake Shelton shocked everyone back in October, when he announced that he would be quitting his gig as a coach on “The Voice” after the upcoming 23rd season. This was particular surprising given the fact that Shelton had been on “The Voice” ever since the NBC reality singing competition premiered back in 2011.

Now, Shelton is revealing the real reason why he’s decided now is the time to step away from this lucrative job.

Shelton Wants To Spend More Time With His Family

Daily Mail reported that the real reason that Shelton is leaving “The Voice” is that he wants to spend more time with his wife Gwen Stefani and their three stepsons.

“If I walked away from my career at this time, the only thing that I run the risk of is having regrets that I’m missing out on some more important things in life. This isn’t about me anymore and never will be again,” Shelton, 46, explained to People Magazine

“I’ve made plenty of money, but you can’t buy time back,” he continued. “So that’s what I want to invest in now. For now, that’s our kids. Even though I’m a stepparent, I take that job very serious. And the kids don’t see me as anything but this very important person in their life. ‘Why isn’t Blake here?’ I take that stuff to heart.”

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Shelton’s Stepsons 

Stefani, 53, and her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale share sons Kingston, 16; Zuma, 14; and Apollo, 8. Shelton began dating Stefani in 2015, and he immediately took an active role in helping to raise her three boys that he still takes seriously to this day. 

“Each kid has something different to teach,” Shelton said. “I think they’ve taught me something about myself. I’m more than just a country singer and a goofy guy. I’m someone they actually lean on and that’s not a responsibility that I ever had and not something that I ever considered being into. It’s just a different self worth. Maybe it’s the opposite of self worth.”

Shelton and Stefani have been married for 17 months, and it appears their marriage is going very well.

“The relationship that we have is so natural and so normal,” he said. “This feels like the easiest thing I’ve ever been a part of in my life, and I forget every day that she’s ‘Gwen Stefani’ you know?”

Related: Gwen Stefani Calls Marrying Blake Shelton ‘Greatest Thing To Ever Happen To Me’

Shelton And Stefani Prefer Oklahoma To Life In L.A. 

Though Shelton and Stefani own a mansion in Los Angeles, they much prefer spending their time on their ranch in Oklahoma, where they enjoy doing the kinds of things that any other couple likes to do.

“I think our biggest bonding, as far as something that we do together besides music, has to be gardening,” Shelton said. “We go way over the top. I mean, if there’s a splurge that is embarrassing it would be how much we probably spend on seeds. Like, boxes of seeds come to the house that we get off Amazon or some of these gardening centers. It’s like, ‘I wonder if we can grow an Icelandic lily here?'”

“We get away from everything and we’re just us back there,” he concluded. “You don’t have to be anybody when we get to go back to Oklahoma. You just be a family when you go there…And that’s where I feel the most comfortable, happy, and safe.”

Shelton’s reasoning for leaving “The Voice” makes a lot of sense, as it’s clear that he’d rather be in Oklahoma with his wife and children than in Los Angeles taking part in a singing competition series. While we’re going to miss him on “The Voice” dearly, it’s hard to argue that he isn’t making the best decision for himself and his family! 

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