GWEN & BLAKE’S BABY NEWS

After years of heart­break, Gwen Ste­fani and Blake Shel­ton take a ma­jor step to start a fam­ily

US Weekly - - INSIDE US - BY MARISA LAUDADIO

After try­ing un­suc­cess­fully to start a fam­ily, Gwen Ste­fani and Blake Shel­ton have taken a huge step to­ward mak­ing their baby dreams come true.

Blake Shel­ton never knew he could be so happy. First, right on the heels of his dev­as­tat­ing split from wife Mi­randa Lam­bert, he started a ro­mance with singer Gwen Ste­fani while shoot­ing The Voice more than three years ago. Then came an even big­ger sur­prise: Blake fell in love with Gwen’s three sons. “I never saw that com­ing, but it’s so fun. They are [great kids],” the coun­try singer con­fessed to To­day last spring. He had re­signed him­self to think­ing that hav­ing kids “wasn’t meant to be… and then all of a sud­den it hap­pens, one way or an­other.”

Now it’s hap­pen­ing again. After years of heart­break as they un­suc­cess­fully tried to start a fam­ily,

Blake, 42, and Gwen, 49, have de­cided to turn to a sur­ro­gate to have a baby, Us has ex­clu­sively learned. “They are de­ter­mined to have a child to­gether and are in the fi­nal stages of choos­ing the woman who will carry their baby,” says an in­sider. “It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant to Gwen that she give Blake a bi­o­log­i­cal child, and Blake is so ex­cited,” says the in­sider. Even though he’s grate­ful for Gwen’s sons, “he wants his own child too.”

She’ll do any­thing to make that dream a re­al­ity. “Gwen re­ally wanted to carry their baby,” says the in­sider, but after mul­ti­ple un­suc­cess­ful IVF at­tempts over the past few years,

“it took a bit for her to ac­cept that it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen.” Still, she hasn’t given up all hope: De­spite plans to move for­ward with a sur­ro­gate, she’s still try­ing to con­ceive nat­u­rally as well. “Gwen’s been jok­ing

with friends,” the in­sider says, “that she and Blake could end up with two ba­bies around the same time!”

WED­DING BELLS

And they could have a pair of wed­ding rings to match. Gwen and

Blake have dis­cussed get­ting mar­ried, and “a wed­ding could hap­pen around the time of a baby’s ar­rival,” notes the in­sider. Get­ting hitched won’t ac­tu­ally change much: Blake has lived with Gwen in her Hol­ly­wood Hills home for the past 18 months, and he’s be­come a sec­ond fa­ther to Kingston, 12, Zuma, 10, and Apollo, 4. (The boys’ dad, Gwen’s ex­hus­band Gavin Ross­dale, 53, ap­proves. “Gavin has no is­sues with Blake,” says the in­sider.) “Gwen and Blake are very much a fam­ily al­ready,” notes the in­sider.

Gwen, Blake and her boys love to spend time to­gether at The Voice coach’s sprawl­ing Ok­la­homa ranch, where they ex­plore, hike and hunt. “Blake can re­late to the boys and get dirty with them,” says the in­sider. On week­ends when they’re all to­gether in LA, they’ll go to church and of­ten visit Gwen’s par­ents. “Blake also goes to the boys’ sports ac­tiv­i­ties and school as­sem­blies and is known to the staff and teach­ers,” says the in­sider. In re­cent weeks, “he’s even dropped off for­got­ten lunches,” the in­sider adds. “Gwen just is so in awe of the love Blake has, not only for her but for the boys.” They both have more love to give.

“Gwen just wants the baby to be healthy, of course — but after three boys, she is now hop­ing for a girl,” says the in­sider. They know there are no guar­an­tees, though Gwen has made a point of stay­ing pos­i­tive. “I don’t know the fu­ture,” she told Good

Morn­ing Amer­ica in June. “All I know is that I have a lot to look for­ward to.”

“Gwen is ev­ery­thing Blake wants,” says an in­sider. “With her, he has the re­la­tion­ship and fam­ily life that he’d al­ways dreamed of.”

Blake loves her boys, (from left) Zuma, Apollo and and treats them Kingston, they were likehis own.

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