Blake Shelton gushes about Gwen Stefani, says they 'aren't just dating' amidst growing wedding rumours

Blake Shelton, 42, is currently promoting the new Hallmark Christmas holiday film 'Time to Come Home for Christmas' that he’s co-executive producing with his mother

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani happen to be in one of those relationships where, even though they aren't getting married any time soon, they still can't help being completely smitten by each other. In a recent interview, the 42-year-old The Voice judge opened up about his girlfriend of three years saying that they aren't just 'dating,' even though weddings bells aren't actually around the corner. 

As busy as Shelton might be promoting the new Hallmark Christmas movie he’s co-executive producing with his mother, he still had time to gush about his girlfriend, Stefani, 49. It all started when 'Today's host Natalie Morales hit Shelton with the question while he was over to speak about the holiday film 'Time to Come Home for Christmas.'

The host referenced a lyric from the pair’s holiday song “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” which goes something like “I never thought I’d find a love like this / but I found forever in that very first kiss”, and she asked Shelton if Stefani was going to be greeted by a shiny rock any time soon. 

Shelton, however, played all coy, even though he had some equally mushy truth bombs to drop. Without directly answering the question, he assured that he and Stefani 'aren’t just dating, you know.' He continued, explaining: “This is something that I feel like is meant to be. I’ve learned more from Gwen Stefani as a human being, and how to grow as a human being, than I have from anybody ever in my life — anybody.”

Shelton's raving didn't stop there, as he also went on to talk about how “she’s everything that you could hope a human being could be” before adding that indeed “she makes it feel like Christmas.”

And while we're on the topic of festivities, it would be worth a mention that Stefani herself feels equally joyous about her current relationship with Shelton.

Earlier this month, the No Doubt singer had revealed that despite several different speculative rumors, and also a severe prodding from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, “there is zero pressure” for the couple to tie the knot. Both of them have been married before, so it becomes clear why they are content with things and not exactly in a rush.

“Going through all these hard times, [you] get to a place where you find somebody that’s like your best friend, that you know you can depend on and trust and go through life — we’re just trying to be in the moment as much as we can,” she told Morales on 'Today'.

When Morales asked her if being with Blake feels like a 'forever kinda love,' Stefani remarked: “I hope so, yeah!” Along with that, as People magazine reported, sources close to the couple have assured that, after three strong years as a couple, the two are in fact planning for a 'long-term future together.'

“They’re still madly in love and beyond inseparable,” said the source. “Blake has wanted to take his time with marriage, but he is absolutely committed to Gwen. They both feel they’ve found their true partner in life and plan to be together forever.” They added: “He still thinks he is so lucky that she wants to be with him and thinks she is the most beautiful woman in the world.”