Last week, we reported on rumors that Blake Shelton may be quitting The Voice at the behest of Gwen Stefani.
Sources close to the show claimed that Gwen had made up her mind to permanently cut ties with the singing competition, and she'd very persistently suggesting that her boyfriend join her in moving on.
At the time, the rumor was that Gwen wanted nothing to do with the show that introduced her to Blake for the simple reason that she caught wind of news that Miley Cyrus was returning to The Voice, and she wasn't keen on sharing the spotlight.
Now, however, there are reports that Gwen is clearing her work schedule for a very different reason.
Rumors about Gwen getting pregnant with Blake's baby have been circulating pretty much from the time these two started hooking up, so perhaps it's no surprise that the rumor mill read way too much into Gwen's decision to quit The Voice.
Countless anonymous "insiders" have sprung up in the past week insisting that the real reason for Gwen's departure from the show is her desire to begin fertility treatments.
“The father bug has bit Blake here and there,” a source recently told Hollywood Life.
“He sometimes gets his fix by hanging out with Gwen’s kids and then sometimes it makes him think he wants his own," the insider adds.
"He knows that Gwen is getting up there in age and would love for her to be safe if the miracle of child birth happens.”
Another insider says that part of the reason Blake divorced Miranda Lambert was that she didn't share his desire for a big family.
“Blake would be over the moon if he and Gwen end up having a baby together,” the tipster told HL.
“Having children has been a dream of his for a long time."
The source added:
"He comes across as a carefree, sometimes immature guy, but deep down he’s a family man who wants to be surrounded by children.
"He always wanted kids with Miranda [Lambert], but her resistance to it was part of the reason they ended up splitting.”
At 47, we suppose it's not surprising that Gwen would feel a sense of urgency when it comes to having more kids.
And maybe she feels that if she takes on fewer professional responsibilities in order to do so, Blake should have to be at home more, too.
Fair is fair.
Just don't ask the dude to quit drinking for nine months.