Blake Shelton’s Marriage Secrets

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Blake Shelton graces the cover of Redbook’s February issue, in which he reveals his secret to being a good husband, what he finds sexiest about his wife, Miranda Lambert, and how she’s “tamed” him.

“You’ve got to be confident and a little bit of a pushover,” Blake explains to the magazine (quote via US Weekly). “Obviously, you’ve got to be a loyal person. I’m never going to listen to someone trash my wife. I think you have to be willing to take a bullet for somebody if you’re going to stand up there, take your vows, and be married to them for the rest of your life.”

Although, it probably doesn’t hurt to also be attracted to your spouse. “A woman who is not insecure gets me,” Blake says in a separate interview with Cosmopolitan. “I understand it’s gotta be tough to be a girl. But a woman who doesn’t give a crap if I notice her? That drives me crazy. That’s something Miranda has.”

Since their May nuptials, Blake admits that he’s settled down a bit. “I think she has probably tamed me a bit,” Blake tells Redbook. “Or maybe it’s because I’m 35, and you start to calm down anyway. But I think a lot of it has to do with feeling settled and lucky to have ended up with the person I really wanted to be with. To me, that’s being tamed in the best possible way.”

That being said, the Oklahoma native recognizes that you can’t change your significant other in a healthy relationship. “We accept and understand each other,” he says. “Miranda would never want to tame me into being somebody I’m not, and I would never try to do that to her.”

Next up for the couple, they’re headed to the Super Bowl, where they’ll perform ‘America the Beautiful’ together. The game takes place Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. Immediately following the Super Bowl, the second season of ‘The Voice,’ featuring Blake as one of the superstar coaches, will premiere on NBC.

Taylor Swift’s Celebrity Flames

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Adam Young

Swift penned an unrequited love song (“Enchanted”) about the Owl City singer in late 2010. After the two exchanged e-mails, Young wrote Swift his own love song on Valentine’s Day. “Everything about you is beautiful,” he wrote. “You are a true princess from a dreamy fairy tale.”

Joe Jonas

The Disney heartthrob ended their relationship in a 27-second phone call in Oct. 2008. “That’s got to be a record,” Swift told Ellen Degeneres. “When I find the person who’s right for me, he’ll be wonderful. I’m not even going to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone.”

Taylor Lautner

The Valentine’s Day paramours dated for three months in 2009. “It wasn’t really developing into anything, and wasn’t going to, so they decided they were better as friends,” a source told Us after their December split. “There was no chemistry.”

Cory Monteith

Swift was spotted hanging with the Glee star — who once told Us that Swift was his celebrity crush — at Pinz Bowling Alley in March 2010. The two also spent time together at a January Grammy party and shared a late-night dinner in February. “They seemed really happy,” a source said.

Jake Gyllenhaal

After a whirlwind two-month romance, multiple sources told Us Swift was completely blind-sided when Gyllenhaal dumped her just before New Year’s in 2010. “Jake just told her it wasn’t working out,” one insider said. “Taylor is really upset and hurt. She feels really burned by him.”

Chord Overstreet

Swift — who’s pals with the Glee star’ s brother, Nash — “reached out to Chord,” an insider told Us. The two hit an L.A. Kings NHL home game in Feb. 2011, where a source added, “after the event, Taylor and Chord grabbed a bite. He’s into her.”

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The the two enjoyed a two-hour dinner at Nashville Bistro Cabana in Jan. 2010, a full-fledged romance never developed. Did Swift mind the romance speculation? “I try not to be a complainer, you know?”

Taylor Swift, New Boy, Again …

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Taylor Swift isn’t afraid to make the first move.

Before the Nashville resident, 21, hit an L.A. Kings NHL home game with Chord Overstreet, 22, she was introduced to the Glee star through his musician brother, Nash.

“Taylor reached out to Chord,” the insider tells the new issue of Us Weekly of Swift, who recently scored her seventh No. 1 hit with “Back to December.”

“After the event, Taylor and Chord grabbed a bite. He’s into her,” the insider says.

Adds another Swift source: “She’s getting to know him. He’s hot, young and single — and he’s closer to her age than Jake Gyllenhaal [30].”

Kellie Pickler Explains Why She Eloped

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The cake was all set. The flowers were picked out. But it was the guest list that freaked out Kellie Pickler.

“We were almost finished with the wedding planning,” the newlywed country singer, 24, says in an interview airing Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “And every time we got to the guest list, it was like, ‘Oh my God, I hate half these people.’ Nothing personal.”

So, she and songwriter Kyle Jacobs ditched it all and eloped to Antigua in the Caribbean, where they tied the knot in the ocean surf at sunset on New Year’s Day.


Unlike the wedding, the eloping didn’t require much planning – just a fearless spirit. “All we did was I packed the wedding dress and packed him an outfit,” Pickler says. “We totally just put faith in God that it was all going to work out, and it did, and it was the most incredible day of my life.”

Pickler also reveals that she had her husband’s ring engraved with a special message – one that he’ll surely find amusing in the coming years.

“I put our wedding anniversary, 1-1-11, and I put, ‘Put it back on!’ ” she says. “So, if he takes if off and he looks at it, it’s going to say, ‘Put it back on!’ “

Carrie Underwood’s Hockey Hubby Traded to Nashville Team

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After seven months of marriage, Carrie Underwood is bidding adieu to her long distance romance.

The country crooner’s hockey-playing hubby, Mike Fisher has been traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators, relocating him to the city where Underwood keeps a pad.

The team, which acquired the star center, 30, for a 2011 first round draft pick and a 2012 conditional pick, announced the trade on their Twitter account Thursday.

Fisher had been signed to a $21 million contract extension (running through the 2012-2013 season) weeks after the Senators reached the Stanley Cup final in 2007.

So now that the twosome will be shacking up full time, could little ones be far behind?

Not likely, says Underwood.