“She’s changing everything for him,” dishes a pal, who says the songstress, 51, has happily swapped her high-fashion sophistication for Blake’s dressed-down sensibilities. (And how! Stefani stepped out in Los Angeles on July 31 rocking a pair of customized Vans emblazoned with her hubby's face on them.)
“It’s not just the jeans and boots that she’s wearing,” the friend says. “She’s cooking him his favorite Southern meals, like biscuits and gravy, and would rather have a barbecue than dinner at a fancy restaurant.”
Stefani — who shares sons Kingston, 15, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 7, with ex-hubby Gavin Rossdale — “never thought of taking his name, but she’s been joking that she’s now Gwen Shelton,” the pal shares.
The mom-of-three may have actually been serious: The 45-year-old introduced his wife as "Gwen Stefani Shelton" during the CMA Summer Jam concert in Nashville on July 27, where the lovebirds performed their duet "Happy Anywhere".
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The country crooner “is loving it, of course, but Gwen’s L.A. friends don’t quite know what to make of it," adds the source. "They barely recognize her anymore."
As OK! previously reported, the "Rich Girl" singer and Shelton exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony at his Oklahoma ranch on July 3, held in a chapel that the groom built specifically for his blushing bride. Stefani's country ties were in full view during her Big Day, as she wore tall glitzy white cowboy boots by Le Silla with her stunning Vera Wang dress.
Meanwhile, the "God's Country" crooner can't stop gushing about his wife ever since the two exchanged vows. During an interview on SiriusXM's "The Storme Warren Show" in July, Shelton revealed he surprised Stefani with a new love song on their wedding day — and he was contemplating whether or not to release it for public consumption.
"I think it's something I want to share because I'm really proud of it. To me, a marriage, a ceremony, you're not keeping it private when you get married to somebody — you're announcing to the world, ‘Hey, this is my wife, just so everybody knows.’ That's why we wear these rings," he explained at the time. "And I feel that way about the song. It's like, for me, something that I want people to hear and know because I'm proud to be married to Gwen and so proud of that song."