"I think there was a lot to consider when you have so many people involved. Children, and their hearts, and everybody in my family [and] his family, we all went through a lot together," Stefani said on the Today show on Thursday, January 14.
"So I think in a romantic way, when you fall in love so hard and so unexpectedly — and so late in your life — you think 'I want to marry you!' That's the first romantic reaction, like, 'Let's get married,'" Stefani explained. "So we always talked about it, of course, and I think that as the years were going by, it didn't need to happen."
Stefani previously shared that before Shelton popped the question, she had wondered what was taking him so long. "It was kind of in my mind like, 'We've been together a long time now. What's going on?' I was in that place in my head," Stefani previously told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, adding that she "wasn't expecting it at the moment that it happened, at all."
The blonde beauty gushed that the proposal was "was just natural."
"It's funny because he basically had the ring and it was right around my birthday. I was getting a little bit anxious ... cause I started having a little insecurity and so it was right on time," she revealed.
The country crooner popped the question on his Oklahoma ranch, and Stefani almost missed the trip due to concerns about COVID-19.
While Stefani has shared that Shelton had asked her dad’s permission before he asked for her hand, an insider revealed that her sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6, were also consulted.
"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 insider said.
"What don't I love about Blake and what don't we all love about Blake?" Stefani said on Today. "He's just such a good guy, he's one of the most generous human beings and down to earth [people] — it all sounds generic — but it's just so true."
"He's so gifted and so unique and talented and he really is my best friend and I feel just so excited that I have someone in my life that now I have a chance at happiness for a long time to come and it's just a blessing, the whole thing, and it is a miracle."
"It's weird how things happen and you just don't see things that are right around the corner after such devastation," Stefani said.
Stefani was gifted a pair of wedding cowbells on the show which, co-host Hoda Kotb thought the No Doubt alum would find "cute."