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Newly divorced from their spouses, The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are now a couple. They were photographed together at a recent 2015 CMA Awards after party, and Stefani told a Texas radio station that they are in fact dating.
The two were experiencing troubled marriages while spending a lot of time together on The Voice; in fact, Stefani was quoted by ET as saying that Shelton helped her through that time. Shelton officially divorced from wife of four years Miranda Lambert on July 20. Stefani officially divorced from husband of 13 years Gavin Rossdale on Aug. 3.
Does proximity matter?
That begs the question: does proximity matter? In this case, it would seem so. Both couples were separated from their famous spouses rather frequently, while Stefani and Shelton were together a lot while taping The Voice, now in its 9th season. Shelton has been a coach on the show since the beginning, and Stefani joined in season 7.
Actually, sharing space and developing a relationship is kind of a thing. The Proximity Principle, as it is known in psychology, is the result of studying people who live and interact face-to-face. It is those people who tend to develop closer relationships. So while some say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, sometimes it can actually lead you to relationships with other people who are physically right there.
It’s really the people in proximity with one another who forge stronger bonds. We like familiarity, and we can really only get to know people on a deeper level if we interact with them.
What Stefani and Shelton’s new relationship teaches us
Keep this in mind as new jobs, projects, or other things come up that could separate you and your partner. Don’t allow anything to get between you.
For one women with her filmmaker husband, who was about to take a three-month road trip to tape a documentary, it was a no brainer. Instead of letting him go along, she packed up the kids in a travel trailer and hit the road with him. Sure, it was hard, but as they were with each other, face-to-face, their relationships became stronger than ever.