Blake Shelton talks marriage plans with Gwen Stefani: How they'll break the news 'when it happens' (exclusive)

Blake Shelton knows there's a next step in his relationship with Gwen Stefani -- but he's not ready to reveal their marriage plans just yet. 

ET's Nancy O'Dell sat down with the country singer at the Backlot BBQ for IHG Rewards Club Chase Mastercard cardholders on Friday, where he dispelled recent rumors that he and Stefani are heading down the aisle. 

"First of all, the rumors stuff, I'm not gonna sit here and say that it makes me mad. It's funny. I've learned over the years just to take that for what it is," Shelton said, noting that the reports are "complimentary." 

"If I am somehow, and Gwen is somehow, newsworthy enough that they have to make up stories about us just to have something to say, then I guess that's a good problem to have," he reasoned. "You know, I gotta say that we couldn't be happier, and we've never been doing better."

The 43-year-old singer continued, explaining that after over three years of dating, their bond "gets stronger every day." "Obviously, that's gotta lead somewhere, but I promise you, we won't break the news in any of the grocery store trash magazines," he shared, before speaking directly to O'Dell. "When it happens, you'll hear about it from somebody like you. Maybe even you, exclusively. You're credible. You're incredible, and you're credible."

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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) (L-R) Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend "Bennett's War" Los Angeles Premiere at Warner Bros. Studios on August 13, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Forrest Film)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, and Victoria Pratt attend "Bennett's War" Los Angeles Premiere at Warner Bros. Studios on August 13, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Forrest Film)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: (L-R) Kingston Rossdale, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani attend STX Films World Premiere of "UglyDolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Janelle Monae attend the after party for the STX films world premiere of "Ugly Dolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton arrive at the STX Films World Premiere Of "UglyDolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2019/FilmMagic for ACM )
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani pose in the audience during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2019/FilmMagic for ACM )
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: 2018 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Mae Whitman and Christina Hendricks pose during the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 -- NUP_185072 -- (Photo by Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: 2018 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton backstage during the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 -- NUP_185073 -- (Photo by Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: 2018 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly, Siri Pinter, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton pose with their awards for Competition Show of 2018 for' The Voice' backstage during the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 -- NUP_185073 -- (Photo by Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: 2018 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton on stage during the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 -- NUP_185094 -- (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 28: Singer Gwen Stefani (L) and recording artist Blake Shelton attend the grand opening of her 'Gwen Stefani - Just a Girl' residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 28: Singer Gwen Stefani (L) and recording artist Blake Shelton attend the grand opening of the 'Gwen Stefani - Just a Girl' residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 28: Singer Gwen Stefani (L) and recording artist Blake Shelton attend the grand opening of the 'Gwen Stefani - Just a Girl' residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2018/FilmMagic for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2018/FilmMagic for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
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EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani perform at Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Ronald O. Perelman attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 22: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are seen on stage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards held at the T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani embrace after performing "Go Ahead And Break My Heart" at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artists Gwen Stefani (L) and Blake Shelton perform onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 09: Singers Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani perform on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 09: Singers Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani perform on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artists Gwen Stefani (L) and Blake Shelton arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artists Gwen Stefani (L) and Blake Shelton arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Recording artists Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton wave to fans prior to the NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Musicians Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend the NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Dec 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Recording artist Gwen Stefani (left) and country singer boyfriend Blake Shelton on the Arizona Cardinals sideline prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Musicians Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend the NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Cast member Blake Shelton and singer Gwen Stefani laugh at the party following the premiere for "The Angry Birds Movie" in Los Angeles, U.S., May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0126 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Gwen Stefani and singer Blake Shelton during a lip synch battle on September 17, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- Season: 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Carson Daly, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams -- (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Carson Daly -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 718B -- Pictured: (l-r) Gwen Stefani, Craig Wayne Boyd, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Season 9 Press Junket' -- Pictured: (l-r) Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Carson Daly, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0353 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Adam Levine, singer Gwen Stefani, host Jimmy Fallon, singer Blake Shelton, and singer Pharrell Williams play Spin the Microphone with The Voice Coaches on October 26, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' -- Pictured: (l-r) Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0353 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Adam Levine, singer Gwen Stefani, host Jimmy Fallon, singer Blake Shelton, and singer Pharrell Williams play Spin the Microphone with The Voice Coaches on October 26, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Singers Adam Levine,Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharell Williams are seen on the 'Today Show'on October 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0353 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Adam Levine, singer Gwen Stefani, host Jimmy Fallon, singer Blake Shelton, and singer Pharrell Williams play Spin the Microphone with The Voice Coaches on October 26, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode 915B -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semis' Episode 917B -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 718B -- Pictured: (l-r) Gwen Stefani, Craig Wayne Boyd, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: (L-R) Kingston Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale arrive at the STX Films World Premiere Of "UglyDolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Shelton and Stefani, who will both appear as coaches on season 17 of The Voice, couldn't be more supportive of each other. She and her sons -- 13-year-old Kingston, 10-year-old Zuma and 5-year-old Apollo -- recently walked the red carpet with Shelton at the premiere of his movie, UglyDolls, in April. Last week, Stefani called Shelton her "favorite human" in a touching birthday post.    

"She's never not been supportive or a cheerleader, just the most encouraging person I've ever had in my life, on any level. It's unbelievable how supportive she is," Shelton raved. "I tell her this all the time, and she doesn't realize it, but Gwen's one of these people that I learn so much from, because no matter what the situation is, she has a way of looking at something from every angle possible, and understanding if there's turmoil or something going on, instead of just jumping to conclusions or reacting, it's, 'Well, here's why they may feel that way.'" 

"I've learned a lot from her -- to not be so reactive as I used to be. She's definitely helped to calm me down, for sure," he added. 

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THE VOICE -- 'Battle Rounds' Episode 807 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Blake Shelton (L) and Adam Levine arrive for NBC's 'The Voice' Season 7 Red Carpet Event at Universal CityWalk on November 24, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Battle Rounds' Episode 806 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 715A -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Season 7 Top 10 Concert at City Walk' -- Pictured: (l-r) Blake Shelton, Adam Levine -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Knockout Rounds' -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 24: (L-R) Singers/tv personalities Blake Shelton and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 attend the Universal CityWalk Tree Lighting Ceremony at Universal CityWalk on November 24, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 03: Blake Shelton and Adam Levine attend NBC's 'The Voice' red carpet event at The Sayers Club on April 3, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 24: (L-R) TV personality Carson Daly, Singers/tv personalites Blake Shelton and Adam Levine of Marroon 5 attend the Universal CityWalk Tree Lighting Ceremony at Universal CityWalk on November 24, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
THE VOICE -- Episode 414B 'Live Show' -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: Coach Blake Shelton and Coach Adam Levine speak onstage during the 'The Voice' panel during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2012 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 6, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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The singer couldn't be more excited about another collaboration, however -- his duet with Garth Brooks. Brooks exclusively shared the news of their new song, "Dive Bar," with ET earlier this month. The legendary singer said that after seeing Shelton perform at the ACM Awards, he knew they had to duet.  

"I guess it was the next day, or maybe two days after the awards, my manager texts me and said, 'Hey, Garth wants to call you, is cool for me to give him your number?' And I said, 'Yes, of course! What does Garth wanna talk to me for?' It's crazy. And sure enough, a few minutes later, we got on the phone," Shelton said, revealing that the memory sticks out to him because it was during turkey season, and we was looking forward to the hunt. "It was kind of weird, I wasn't sure why he was calling me, because we talked about the possibility of maybe going out to dinner one night, and catching up."

"He mentioned the ACM performance. He said, 'Man, I don't know if you meant it or not, and if you didn't, don't tell me, but it really looked like you sunk your teeth into that performance the other night. It moved me.' And I told him, I said, 'Garth, you may have mistaken my desperation to just hit those notes as passion,'" he continued. "Of course, we laughed about it, and at the end of the conversation, he said, 'Well, man, I got a song, and I wanted to see what you think about it and maybe we could worth together on it. ' And the rest is history now."

While Shelton loved working with Brooks, he joked he's a little more apprehensive about performing the song live with him. "That's the scary thing about performing live with Garth -- you don't know if you're gonna be swinging in on a ladder or if you're flying in on a wire. I hope he knows that I probably exceed any weight limit on any of those tricks, and he needs to just let me walk out there and sing," he cracked. 

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