Country singer and “The Voice” star Blake Shelton is on the February 2012 cover of Redbook magazine for their special “Hot Husbands” issue.
Shelton, whose wife is country singer Miranda Lambert, opened up about what makes him a good husband.
“Obviously, you’ve got to be a loyal person. I’m never going to listen to someone trash my wife. I think you have to be willing to take a bullet for somebody if you’re going to stand up there, take your vows, and be married to them for the rest of your life.”
Check out the highlights from the issue below and then pick up the new issue of Redbook, which hits newsstands on January 17.
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On being the lone country voice on a panel of pop stars:
I remember sitting in this room and everyone was talking and laughing. I felt a little like the black sheep. It wasn’t until [executive producer] Mark Burnett set up a dinner about three days into production, when it was just the four of us sitting down together, that we clicked. It forced us to move out of our comfort zones. All of a sudden I was having conversations with people I had only read about in tabloids, and they’re just normal people. And they know who I am, and that I [was] getting married to Miranda, and they know who she is. It was surreal.
On Miranda taming the ‘bad boy’ in Blake Shelton:
I think she has probably tamed me a bit. Or maybe it’s because I’m 35, and you start to calm down anyway. But I think a lot of it has to do with feeling settled and lucky to have ended up with the person I really wanted to be with. To me, that’s being tamed in the best possible way. You just say to yourself, “I’m done, I’m thrilled, I couldn’t be any happier.” I think—and I’m sure Miranda would agree—the idea of actually “taming” your partner is not our style. We accept and understand each other. Miranda would never want to tame me into being somebody I’m not, and I would never try to do that to her.
On a new ‘slick’ image:
I used to resist a lot of that, but I’m trying to open my mind more about it, and I’m getting better about meeting them somewhere in the middle. But I’m not giving up my boots or Wranglers. People have asked me to put on a pair of slacks, khakis, or dress pants, and it’s not going to happen.