Earlier this week, photos of the country superstar and his rocker girlfriend Gwen Stefaniallegedly “meeting” with the Republican at Shelton’s restaurant Ole Red in Tishomingo spread on Twitter, causing the couple to receive criticism on social media.
“Hanging out with Paul Ryan not cool man, just lost all the respect for you,” wrote one Twitter user.
However, the “I’ll Name the Dogs” singer slammed the rumors on Twitter Thursday afternoon, saying he “can’t even fathom the gossip I read about myself anymore.”
“Seriously.. Literally walked into a restaurant WITH MY FAMILY (including children, LOTS of children), bumped to a politician that I’ve never even met before, said hello and took picture (like I would try to do with anyone I meet who asks),” he wrote.
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“Then we immediately left because it was too cold for the outdoor area we had reserved. And now according to the internet we were hanging out or having some big secret meeting in a PUBLIC restaurant!!!!!! WTF?!!!” he continued.
The star, 41, also added he doesn’t “do politics no matter WHAT you’ve read about me and how it’s been spun. And THATS the TRUTH from ME. And if you can find it in your heart to hate me for that then so be it. This is out of control…”
After setting the record straight, the star received support from fans and friends, including Alison Sweeney. “Sorry Blake. It sucks when people are so willing to jump to conclusions,” she Tweeted.
After a busy week of promoting her new holiday album — which includes the couple’s duet “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” — Stefani and Shelton celebrated Thanksgiving in Shelton’s hometown of Oklahoma, and the former No Doubt singer documented their festivities on her social media accounts.
“Had the best thanksgiving,” Stefani captioned an Instagram photo of her giving her boyfriend a kiss on the cheek.