OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton’s Mom Says He’s Never Drunk

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“He likes to make people think he’s drunk, but I’ve never seen that boy drunk in my life.” That’s what Blake Shelton’s mom told Men’s Journal . The magazine obviously spent time with Shelton for the big cover story, too, but it’s the insights from his mother that I really love. So now we know the truth: Shelton’s not as big of a drinker as he’d like us to think when he tweets about how drunk he is. And he’s pretty incessant with those tweets. We also know, thanks to Mrs. Shelton, that Shelton could have turned out to be more of a veterinarian or a forest ranger than a country singer. He was that outdoorsy and loved animals enough to have not one but two pet raccoons in junior high. “We had to drag him into the house at night. He loved all animals: grasshoppers, locusts, lizards, snakes, worms,” she said. “One time I had a flyswatter and I killed a fly, and he cried.” I guess he’ll always be her baby.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.