Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Are Engaged | 22 Words

Gwen Stefani has just announced that she and Blake Shelton are engaged and the internet has gone crazy...

Stefani broke the happy news to fans today.

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Her Instagram post was adorable, to say the least.

Now, the star began her career as the lead singer of No Doubt.

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She burst into the mainstream music scene as the lead singer of SoCal rock band, who went on to produce several hits including "Don’t Speak," "Spiderwebs," and "Just a Girl."

But, in 2004, Stefani ended up parting ways from her band to kick-start her solo career.

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After splitting from the band in the early '00s, the singer embarked on her solo career that skyrocketed her to pop-stardom, seeing her release popular hits such as "Hollaback girl" and "Sweet Escape."

The move certainly paid off.

And has seen the star bag 2 Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Brit Award, and many more.

But, throughout her career...

In spite of her successes, she hasn't fallen short of controversy either.

For instance, earlier on in her career, the singer was seen sporting a sacred, religious symbol in several music videos.

Throughout the '90s, in many of No Doubt's music videos, the singer can be seen wearing a bindi. Bindi's are worn by South Asian women for religious and cultural reasons, however, the singer continued to wear the decoration as a fashion accessory for her "distinct" aesthetic, ex-Stefani-fan, Wanna Thompson, wrote in an article for Vice.

The singer has also received backlash for her "Harajuku girls" backup dancers.

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In 2005 and 2006, Stefani was slammed for appearing with a silent group of Asian-American women, whom the singer called her “Harajuku Girls," after a group of women that she met in the Harajuku district of Japan.

The group regularly featured in the star's music videos and accompanied her to promotional events.

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The singer raised eyebrows when, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she called the "Harajuku Girls" an "art project" and reportedly renamed each of them — "Love," "Angel," "Music," and "Baby" after her new album title.

Though the singer justified herself by saying that she was simply embracing the Harajuku culture, others were not so sure...

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Asian-American comedian, Margaret Cho, criticized the singer for the cultural appropriation of Harajuku culture. At the time, Cho compared the singer's Harajuku Girls to "blackface", while a 2005 Salon article about the Harajuku Girls accused the singer of "fawning" over Harajuku culture in her lyrics.

The singer's so-called "obsession" with Harajuku culture did not end there...

Since then, the star has had a "Harajuku Lovers" line of fragrances, made up of 6 scents and a Harajuku Mini fashion line, which was sold in Target.

However, the singer still insists that she doesn't regret using the Harajuku girls.

During an interview with TIME in 2014, Stefani admitted that she didn't regret hiring or featuring them, despite the backlash. “There’s always going to be two sides to everything. For me, everything that I did with the Harajuku Girls was just a pure compliment and being a fan… Seriously, that was all meant out of love," the star said.

The star's "offensive" Instagram post caused quite a stir, too.

Just 3 years ago, Stefani posted an image of herself seemingly wearing African-inspired wear. The singer then had her backup dancers dressed in similar pieces pulled from fashion-house, Valentino's "wild Africa" themed SS16 collection during an episode of The Voice.

It didn't go down well with fans...

In response, one Instagram user wrote, "You know I had really hoped it was a fluke, that the first image I saw last night was a one-off. It's really unfortunate that nothing was learnt from the video fiasco @gwenstefani. You should, in my opinion, be using your celebrity as a platform and mentoring new artists against cultural appropriation in this day and age. "There're so many other ways to be creative than to take very recognizable pieces of other cultures and exploit them."

But there's another reason why Stefani manages to grab headlines...

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... Her love life.

Stefani has been dating singer Blake Shelton for 5 years.

The pair first met on the set of The Voice back in 2015.

It was love at first sight...

And the pair bonded over their own recent heartbreak and respective divorces. “When you’re where she and I were, and you just feel so betrayed and on bottom, this bond that we formed when we found out what each other were going through, it’s still there," Shelton previously told PEOPLE.

4 years into their relationship, a source revealed the pair were planning a long-term future together.

“They’re still madly in love and beyond inseparable," the source revealed in November. “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."

The couple are clearly smitten with each other.

So of course, people began speculating whether or not they would get married.

Well, today it looks like Shelton has finally put a ring on it...

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Because it's been announced that the couple are now engaged!

The big news comes just weeks after Stefani told Extra that she thought it was "pretty cute" when people referred to Shelton as her husband.

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"Do you know how many people say my 'husband' about him?" she said, referring to Shelton. "I guess we're just together." Well, now he really will be her husband.

The couple made their engagement Instagram official today with an adorable post.

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And reactions to the happy news came pouring in.

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Take a look at the announcement below.

Congratulations guys!