The country music star and former No Doubt frontwoman, who have been dogged by marriage rumors for years, announced their engagement on Instagram and later told fans they were “extremely excited” about their upcoming wedding.
But before he popped the question, Blake apparently wanted to make sure Gwen’s three boys – Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, six – were happy with him becoming their stepfather.
“Blake told her boys that he wanted to propose and asked their permission,” a source told People.
“Her family very much approves of him. He’s an amazing partner and a great extra dad to the boys. Gwen is ecstatic. The proposal was a surprise.”
The marriage will be the second for Stefani, who was wed to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale – the father of her three sons – from 2002 until they finalized their divorce in 2016. Meanwhile, it will be Blake’s third trip down the aisle, after unions to Kaynette Williams and second wife Miranda Lambert.
Gwen and Blake started dating in 2015 after meeting on the set of the TV show The Voice.