'The Voice' News 2016: Gwen Stefani Talks NBC Playing Up Her Flirtation With Blake Shelton [VIDEO]

Gwen Stefani recently admitted that the creative team behind The Voice may have predicted her romance with Blake Shelton.

Stefani has been dating Shelton for several months now, but it's possible that The Voice fed into their relationship long before they were officially together. Stefani said as much in a new interview with Cosmopolitan:

"We were laughing our heads off when we saw the blind auditions," Stefani said. "I love NBC, but they for sure edited stuff to look like we were flirting. They chose to run with that story before anything was even real. I hardly knew him. But it was like it was in the air - happening before it happened."

Stefani and Shelton made it official in November, right in the middle of The Voice's ninth season. The show didn't overtly address it at the time, nor has Stefani or Shelton, though their fellow coaches like Adam Levine have certainly ribbed them about it.

Stefani explained further how they grew closer last year through collaborating on a song ("Go Ahead and Break My Heart").

"We were both having trust issues, as you would if you were us. It was like, 'I have so many problems. How can I now be getting into another potentially huge problem? What am I doing?'" Stefani said. "Blake wrote the song and sent it to me. He was like, 'Help me finish it.' I wrote a verse and sent it to him, but he was gone because he doesn't live in LA. He didn't have Wi-Fi, so he wasn't answering me back! As soon as he came back to town, he brought his guitar over. We were like, 'We wrote a song together! This is crazy!'"

Meanwhile, Stefani will be not be returning to The Voice in the fall as she goes on tour promoting her latest album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like.

The Voice season 11 begins with a special episode on Aug. 21 after the Olympics, with the official season starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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