AND BLAKE IN THE MID’ S CAUGHT DDLE!
Gwen Stefani is starting to act like a true country girl. Following Blake Shelton’s 40th birthday celebration weekend in Colorado, the singer picked up her kids, Kingston, 10, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 2, and headed to Blake’s ranch in Tishomingo, Okla., where she spent the day helping her man check on his crops, boating on Lake Texoma and gazing up at the night sky on June 20. “Gwen and her boys love it at the ranch,” says a source close to Gwen, 46. “It’s a huge playground for the kids! They can’t wait to go back.”
They may have to. “Gwen’s ex, Gavin [Rossdale], doesn’t like the amount of time his boys are spending there,” the source tells In Touch. “Blake’s ranch just sounds dreadful to him. He’s voiced his concern to the family therapist, but he’s also willing to take Gwen to court regarding their custody agreement if she continues to take the boys to Oklahoma on a regular basis.”
For now, there’s nothing he can do about it. While most custody arrangements place limits on parents’ ability to take the children
out of their home state or country, “For whatever reason, there’s none of that in Gavin and Gwen’s agreement. So basically they can travel anywhere with the kids without the other’s approval,” the source explains of the pair, who have joint legal and physical custody. Gavin didn’t hold up the settlement — which came eight months after the couple ended their 13year marriage — because he wanted to avoid a prolonged legal battle so soon after his nanny cheating scandal had made headlines, says the source. “Gwen was pressuring him so they could move on. But he’s kicking himself now.”
And it’s not just because Gwen takes the kids on the road so much. “It bothers Gavin tremendously that Gwen allows Blake to spend the night at his former house, in his old bed,” says the source, noting that Gavin’s gone out of his way to keep his own new romance under wraps. The Bush front man, 50, has been quietly dating a wealthy, much-younger woman he met at yoga, “but he isn’t parading her around town or letting her spend the night while he has the boys. He thinks it’s just creepy and a really bad thing to do as a positive role model for the kids.”
Gavin also has other issues about his sons spending time with Gwen and Blake. “He’s concerned because the boys seem to be picking up bad habits,” says the source. “He’s complained that the boys are going to bed with no baths, staying up late and eating junk food.”
Now he’s ready to take action. “Gavin knows going to court would be a huge gamble, and Gwen hasn’t deprived him of custodial time [that’s laid out in] the agreement,” says the source. “But he wants to have a say about when and where the kids go when he isn’t with them.” ◼
Gwen Stefani faces off with her ex, Gavin Rossdale, over their kids
IN A BIND “Blake wants to spend the summer in Oklahoma on his ranch,” says a source, “but there’s no way that Gavin will allow Gwen to take the boys.”
ON THE WARPATH
“Gavin’s having major regrets about the custody agreement, which allows Gwen to take the kids out of the state or even outside the United States when she has them,” a source says of the rocker (holding Apollo, with Kingston).