Country bad boy Blake Shelton is apparently staying true to form during his gig as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.” He’s never been shy about his love of knocking back a strong one, but could those boozy habits be too much for the bigwigs at the popular singing competition?
“I drink alcohol, and always will until I die,” Blake recently said. “And I don’t care if you like it or not.”
But rumor has it that the execs at “The Voice” and his bride Miranda Lambert are starting to wish Blake would care a little bit more. Word around the water cooler is that the “Kiss My Country Ass” singer shows up to work with hangovers more often than not.
“The producers recognize that Blake is a natural on TV, and they believe he’s even capable of having his own sitcom,” a source close to Shelton shared with gossip rag “In Touch.” “But they think he needs to tone down the partying, or he could scare away the show’s wholesome viewers.”
It seems that a regular gig and a wife at home aren’t enough to keep Blake from continuing to sow his wild oats. The same Shelton insider also added that Blake’s hard-partying ways are so extreme that he “sometimes shows up to set sick as a dog after a booze bender.”
This supposed friend (with people like this, who needs enemies?) kept going, telling “In Touch” that it “takes makeup artists an hour to make him look presentable…everyone is annoyed.”
Harsh words, but from what I’ve seen there’s no sign of Blake’s hung-over condition during the show. Either he’s a true professional when it comes to drinking or these reports are (shockingly) exaggerated.
And “In Touch” didn’t stop at Blake’s coaching gig. They went on to attack his newlywed bliss as well, saying that Miranda is getting fed up with his hard-drinking behavior and wishes Blake would act less like a bachelor and more like a married man. It can’t help that gossip about drunk-tweeting with 21-year-old country diva Cady Groves keeps rearing its ugly head. Miranda has mentioned her hubby’s addiction to drunk-tweeting, having gone so far as to joke to “Dateline” that she calls herself a “Twittow.”
These new reports are in stark contrast to the picture Blake painted during an interview with “People” last summer, where he claimed Miranda had saved him.
“I was a single male country singer raising hell, going out after concerts to bars and drinking and doing whatever I wanted,” Blake shared in the “People” interview. “And why the hell not? I wouldn’t take it back, either.”
He went on to say that his newlywed state was moving him into a “normal, adult routine.” And he only strengthened the picture of tame domesticity by adding, “Now if I want to go drinking, I only want to sit at the house with Miranda watching ‘Snapped’ on TV at home.”
Needless to say, reps for the country crooner vehemently deny the current rumors. And it seems like his loyal fans aren’t phased for a minute. Last week Blake’s latest single, “Drink on It” became his 11th number one hit on Billboard’s U.S. Hot Country Songs chart. Maybe these drunken rumors are nothing more than a strategic move to pour fuel on the fire of the drinking-inspired tune. What do you think?