Blake Shelton Lackluster Emotion for Gwen 'Relationship'

11/19/2015 6:34 AM PST

Blake Shelton does not sound like a man head over heels in love these days.

The country star was heading into a studio Wednesday when the photog asked about his relationship with Gwen.

Listen closely. He qualifies his answer with the always dreaded word "friends."

Some people thought it was true love. Some thought it was a quickie rebound. And some thought it was a sweeps ploy. BTW, sweeps ends next week