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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are getting close to their first wedding anniversary; but they still feel like they just got married.

During a recent interview with PEOPLE for his “Helmet of Heroes” collaboration, with IndyCar driver Jimmie Johnson, the 45-year-old country star gushed about his “amazing” marriage to the 52-year-old No Doubt frontwoman:  “I wish everybody could have a chance to meet and talk to Gwen Stefani at some point in their life because you’ll just be a better person for it, is the only way I know to say it.”

Blake and Gwen got married on July 3, 2021, on Shelton’s Oklahoma farm, where the two are getting into planting season.  “Gwen doesn’t settle for these little areas around the sidewalk.  We’re talking about fields, acres of flowers.  So I have my work cut out for me.”

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