"I can pick and choose the days that I'm in the mood for it or not, and it's up to me," Shelton said. "I should never go to a restaurant on a day where I'm not up to someone approaching me. That's on me, and I think that's why I've never ... And I've been with artists and I've seen them do it where they're like, 'You know what? Not today. I'm not doing that today.' And even though I relate to them for what they're doing, also, I hate it for whoever they're doing it to. Because this person, it's their one chance in their life that they're going to get a chance to say something that they wanted to say to this person. Yeah, and it's hard for them too. And so I always just feel like, hey, look, if I go somewhere, then it must mean that I'm ready to high-five some people when I get out there. So, that's what I do. Yes, it did take over my life in that way. It took away the public side of my life and pushed me into it. But you know what, I'm weird anyway. I live out in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma. And I mean, I am in [Los Angeles] half the time, but I'm pretty much a slug here. I live off of Gwen here and I just hide in the house so I got it pretty good."
"I still have those moments when we get into work mode, I know that it should be super like emotional and personal and this, because we haven't done that many, we've done four songs together, and I'm still more in blown away fan shocked mode when I actually work with her," Shelton explained. "And there's been times where she comes out on stage, we'll have a plan if she's at one of my concerts and we always try to keep it on the down low, and then we'll start 'Nobody But You' or 'Go Ahead And Break My Heart,' and then I'll be singing it. And here I am dying from the time I stand on stage, walk out on stage until that moment hits, because I know on that set list people are going to [expletive] in their seats when Gwen Stefani walks out here. It's like I'm a kid on Christmas morning. And so that's what it's like for me working with her. It's just exciting, it really is."
The "God's Country" singer also opened up about when he finally started missing touring during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I actually didn't miss it for the first 12 months, but now these last three or four months is when I would normally have gone out to tour," Shelton said. "Now I do miss it. At first it was almost like a snow day at school. It's like, 'Well, it's not my fault. It's not my fault we can't go play. It's not my fault. You can't make me, because there's a pandemic.' That only lasted for so long, and now it's like, 'Man.' I did a thing at the Grand Ole Opry a couple of weeks ago. It was the ACM Awards, and they had a limited amount of people there. It was just enough that it didn't satisfy me, and it had the opposite effect on me. I thought maybe I would walk away from that going, 'Man, this just sucked. I mean, what are we doing?' All it did was it kind of drove me further to really want to do it again in the way that we did a year and a half ago with packed houses and singing along and no looking over at each other and over each other's shoulder and wondering, 'What are they thinking right now?'"