Blake Shelton retiring? Singer reveals whether he will leave music industry for good

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Singer Blake Shelton performs at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Blake Shelton clarified his future in the music industry following his departure from “The Voice.”

Shelton formally announced his departure as a coach on “The Voice” after appearing in 22 seasons over the previous 12 years. He stated that he wanted to devote his time to his family following his marriage to Gwen Stefani.

Fans were left wondering whether he would leave the music industry permanently.

In an interview, the 46-year-old “Nobody But You” singer revealed his plans, saying that he would not give up his passion until he died.

For PEOPLE’s latest cover story, Shelton stated that he is still considering what he should do after his tour concludes in February 2023.

He said:

“Walking away from music, you might as well just poison me or something. That’s not something I can go without. I can’t help it.”

Nonetheless, he clarified that he is not rushing to release a new album because the country music industry is changing.

He also stated in the interview that he is not retiring from music.

Shelton took his time praising the new country singers and congratulating them on being creative in their chosen genre.

When asked if he would like to mentor new singers, he stated that despite having several No. 1 hits since beginning his music career, he is still learning.

To accomplish this, Shelton began planning where he would focus his attention after leaving “The Voice.” For the time being, he has hinted at a new record or tour.

Shelton announced his retirement from “The Voice” in an Instagram post in October, writing:

“It’s been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns and I want to thank everyone at ‘The Voice’ from NBC, every producer, the writers, musicians, crew and catering people, you are the best. It takes a lot of hard work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week.”

In 2011, he began working with the young aspirants alongside Season 1 coaches CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera.

After joining the panel in 2014, she met his now-wife through the talent competition program.