Blake Shel­ton named Sex­i­est Man Alive ’17

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NEWS - BY LEANNE ITALIE

NEW YORK — Peo­ple mag­a­zine named Blake Shel­ton its Sex­i­est Man Alive for 2017 on Tues­day, but it took some con­vinc­ing by his girl­friend Gwen Ste­fani to get her guy on board.

The coun­try mu­sic su­per­star and coach on NBC’s “The Voice” hates be­ing the cen­ter of at­ten­tion, the mag­a­zine said.

“She goes, ‘Lis­ten to me,’” re­called the 6-foot-5, Oklahoma-bred Shel­ton. “‘You’re go­ing to re­gret this for the rest of your life if you don’t take this gift and just live in the mo­ment.’ I’ve been ugly my whole life. If I can be sexy for a year, I’m tak­ing it!”

Bonus for the out­spo­ken Shel­ton: He can hold the ac­co­lade over the head of Adam Levine, his fel­low coach on the singing com­pe­ti­tion and a for­mer Sex­i­est Man Alive him­self. Only Shel­ton used some col­or­ful lan­guage to de­scribe that ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween his pal and ban­ter part­ner on air.

Shel­ton said he was, in fact, proud and hon­ored to have been picked, adding: “I’m not go­ing to treat this like Hugh Jack­man or one of those guys who’s hum­ble about it. Peo­ple are go­ing to hate me over this. Be­cause it’s go­ing to be used in ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion, whether it’s at ‘The Voice’ or at the feed store in Tishomingo, Okla., or in a con­ver­sa­tion with a doc­tor. Un­til I have to hand the ti­tle, which is what it is to me, over to some­one else, this is mine. This is like a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

The mag­a­zine’s Sex­i­est Man Alive special dou­ble is­sue hits news­stands Fri­day.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Blake Shel­ton per­forms at the 12th An­nual Stars for Sec­ond Har­vest Ben­e­fit in 2016 at Ry­man Au­di­to­rium in Nashville.

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