Many fans rejoiced upon hearing that Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani had finally tied the knot. Despite the famous couple celebrating their big moment with family and friends, fans couldn’t help but notice there were certain people who weren’t involved, and Shelton and Stefani’s circle of friends noticed as well. The Voice coach has been hearing from some of those uninvited guests in the aftermath, and Shelton finally addressed why his former co-coach and friendly rival Adam Levine and others weren’t invited to his and Stefani’s wedding.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's relatively sudden wedding threw many people for a loop, and that includes some of their close friends. While The Voice host Carson Daly officiated the couple’s ceremony, there were some obvious omissions in the seats, and after already having to hear an earful about it, Shelton coach told SiriusXM’s The Highway about his friends’ post-nuptial comments:

I’ve had awkward conversations with so many of my friends since. ‘Oh, oh, yeah. I read y’all. Yeah, I read about that. How was that?’ Listen, we kept it small, get over it. That’s not about you. There's a lot of them.

Blake Shelton’s perspective on the whole situation was on brand. The country superstar has never really been about catering to Hollywood or to anyone but his fanbase and his love lady. Given the current COVID restrictions and other issues, Shelton and Gwen Stefani had every right to be selective about who did or didn’t attend their special ceremony, especially considering they had to wait as long as they did to have it. A wedding is about the central couple and their core loved ones, not who is or isn’t in attendance, or how many of those loved ones were invited. That seemed to be music stars' philosophy behind it all: they didn’t want a huge affair with the potential for consequences. And by consequences, we of course mean Adam Levine falling into the wedding cake.

But Adam Levine wasn’t the only Voice coach that didn't make the list of invites, though it did seem like kind of a big deal once fans found out that the Maroon 5 frontman wasn’t one of the guests. It was all the more surprising only after Adam Levine reunited with Blake Shelton for The Voice's Season 20 finale. In addition to Levine, though, other Voice coaches such as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and Nick Jonas also weren’t invited to the small ceremony. The previously mentioned Carson Daly was the only Voice associate to make the cut. But honestly, Levine not being invited to the nuptials wasn’t too surprising.

Long before Shelton and Stefani’s wedding took place, Adam Levine has been known for trash-talking the country superstar. Of course, Levine and Blake Shelton’s banter was for years a love-it-or-hate-it element on The Voice, so it's obviously (mostly) in good fun, since Levine also offered to sing at the couple’s wedding. (And presumably not as a way to ruin things.) But even if Shelton decided to be a little petty and not include the former Voice coach in his ceremony, at least it still looks like COVID safety and a focus on intimacy were the real culprits.

Hopefully, once the pandemic has subsided even further, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will be able to invite their fellow coaches for another celebration of some kind. But fans won’t have to wait to see his fellow coaches’ reaction to his marriage when The Voice Season 21 premieres Sep. 20 on NBC.

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