and Blake Shelton
's romance has always been a case of opposites attract: she's just a girl who once stood as an anti-establishment punk
pop icon, while he's a country music
superstar with a history of very bad tweets.
Many of her longtime fans were taken aback by their love story, but that hasn't stopped the couple from falling hard for each other. The couple met on the set of "The Voice
" back in 2015 and dated for years before announcing their engagement in October.
are still confused about Stefani's political beliefs, especially given Shelton's obvious conservative leanings and previous statements about Donald Trump
Stefani responded to a question about whether “she’s a Republican
now,” given her ties to Shelton, in an interview
with Paper magazine published on Wednesday.
“If you're going to be a star, that's what you get,” she explained to the outlet. “You know what I mean? You get what you get, and you don't get upset at all.”
“I can see why people are curious, but I think it’s pretty obvious who I am,” she continued. “I started my band because we were really influenced by ska, which was a movement that happened in the late ’70s, and it was really all about people coming together. The first song I ever wrote was a song called ‘Different People,’ which was on the Obama playlist, you know, a song about people coming together.
She went on to say that ska groups like The Specials and The Selecter influenced her early work
with No Doubt
because "what they were doing in the late '70s was this whole anti-racism, we come together, Black and white ska movement."
However, Stefani refrained from stating explicitly where she stands on the political spectrum, explaining that the "whole point of voting
" in her opinion is having "this personal space
to feel how you feel."
“I use my platform to share my life story, engage with people, and exchange whatever gift I was giving,” she continued. “I'm not a political science
major. I'm not that person. Everyone knows that. So why would I even talk about it?”
Stefani has previously supported Democratic candidates, hosting a fundraiser alongside Michelle Obama
in 2012, and performing a duet at former President Barack Obama
's final state dinner in 2016.
Shelton has been similarly tight-lipped about his political views since causing controversy (and attracting Debra Messing's wrath on Twitter
) by appearing to defend Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election
“Whether you love him or hate him, he says what he thinks, and he has proven that you don’t always have to be so afraid,” he told Billboard
. “I see people who don’t like him go and beat up people who do like him. You tell me, who’s crazy here? I probably wish there was another option, but there isn’t.”
A year later, the singer posed for a photo with then-House Speaker Paul Ryan, fueling speculation about his right-wing political beliefs even further.