Was Blake Shelton really â€śpushed asideâ€ť by a group of Meghan Markle fans outside a Los Angeles store? New rumors claim the country superstar thought he was being mobbed by his own supporters, but learned they werenâ€™t interested in him at all. Gossip Cop investigated, however, and we can prove the supposed incident never happened and was actually made-up.
â€śBlake Who? Shelton Pushed Aside By Rabid Meghan Markle Fanatics,â€ť exclaims a headline from RadarOnline. The site begins by asserting that while heâ€™s a â€śhuge country star,â€ť the performer has learned heâ€™s â€śnot nearly as popular as future princessâ€ť Markle, who is set to wed Prince Harry later this month. Itâ€™s specifically alleged that when Shelton was â€śrecently was schlepping groceries at Gelsonâ€™s Market,â€ť located in Sherman Oaks, Calif., â€śa stampede of shrieking teenage girls came running toward him and his cart.â€ť But instead of rushing to greet him, the blog maintains the group â€śskidded right past the musician without so much as a single selfie.â€ť
A so-called â€śeyewitnessâ€ť is quoted as saying, â€śThe girls werenâ€™t screaming for Blake.â€ť Rather, itâ€™s claimed they were â€śdie-hard fansâ€ť of Markle, and wanted to get to see Humphrey Yogurt, which is located inside the supermarket, because the actress worked at the yogurt chain in her teen years. â€śThey were determined to see where the American princess once blended soft serve for tips,â€ť alleges the websiteâ€™s purported â€śonlooker,â€ť who adds, â€śThe teens didnâ€™t care about Blake at all.â€ť
But thereâ€™s an inherent flaw in this tale, which is based on the premise that these supposed fans wanted to see where Markle worked. Humphrey Yogurt didnâ€™t exist inside Gelsonâ€™s until 2016. When Markle worked at the yogurt shop, in the mid-1990s around the age of 13, it was in a nearby location. So it makes little sense to claim these â€śdie-hard fansâ€ť of Markle were rushing past Shelton to get inside Gelsonâ€™s when that offshoot of the yogurt service really has no connection to the â€śSuitsâ€ť star.
More significantly, thereâ€™s visual documentation that the described incident with Shelton never actually took place. While the outlet suspiciously doesnâ€™t give a specific date, Gossip Cop has discovered that â€śThe Voiceâ€ť coach was photographed at Gelsonâ€™s on April 20. But in the more than two dozen paparazzi photos, which are readily available for anyone to see online, he is not pictured being swarmed by a â€śscreeching gaggleâ€ť of teens in any of the snapshots. The photos, which were taken both as he walked up to the shopping facility and as he exited the store, show him striding alone and completely undisturbed by anyone. Surely if he was caught up in a mob of â€śrabid Markle fanatics,â€ť the paparazzi on the scene wouldâ€™ve captured photos and video of what went down.
In actuality, the only images that exist show a run of the mill trip to a grocery store. In fact, itâ€™s probably likely that the online publication, and its sister outlet Star, which is running a version of this narrative in its print magazine, concocted this wacky story simply because they knew Shelton had been at Gelsonâ€™s. The Markle component is a made-up angle that was seemingly designed to make his ordinary shopping trip seem interesting, or even scandalous. On top of all this, Gossip Cop also spoke with a manger for Gelsonâ€™s, who told us no situation with Shelton ever arose.