Dave Quinn
November 16, 2017 11:45 AM

Before he was PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, country star Blake Shelton rocked one of fashion’s biggest accessories: the mullet. And now that he’s got the coveted title, he’s looking to bring it back.

“The mullet’s coming back this year,” Shelton, 41, told Ellen DeGeneres during an interview on her self-titled talk show airing Thursday. “It has to be. That used to be ugly, it’s officially sexy now.”

“When I think of sexy, I think of my heroes and Billy Ray Cyrus was one of them,” he continued. “With this new power that has been bestowed on me, I can bring the mullet back which makes it okay for any of us to have them.”

Blake Shelton in 2002
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Shelton’s confidence came with DeGeneres’ claim that, “When you’re sexy, you can do anything because then people will follow it [saying], ‘Well Blake did it.’ ”

“It’s the law. It’s like the sun coming up,” Shelton agreed. “I’m sexy.”

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Blake Shelton and Ellen DeGeneres
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Elsewhere in the chat, Shelton talked about how he’s been handling the pressure of having the title.

“I said this in the magazine when I did the interview for Sexiest Man Alive, that I have been fat and ugly my whole life,” Shelton said. “If only for one year I get to be sexy, I am going to milk this for everything that it’s worth.”

DeGeneres was quick to point out that Shelton, who wore a three-piece suit on her show, had been “changed” by the title. “Look how sexy you look,” she said. “The room just got hotter, it really did.”

“You can’t be the Sexiest Man Alive unless you’re the Sexiest Man Alive,” Shelton said.

For more of Shelton’s — including his life with girlfriend Gwen Stefani — pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Someone who knows all-too-well about the title was Shelton’s fellow Voice coach Adam Levine, who held the title in 2013.

“He’s not happy,” Shelton said. “He’s like the good-looking guy on The Voice anyway, but Adam’s not happy because he was the only sexy guy on the panel until this new law of the land was enforced by PEOPLE magazine.”

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
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As for how Gwen Stefani is taking it, Shelton joked that he felt sad that the title overshadowed his rockstar girlfriend.

“I feel bad for her,” he said. “She has been in the spotlight as the symbol of beauty and now this. It’s going to be humbling for her, but I think she’s got a big enough heart that she can do it. Beauty comes from within.”

“They’re going to hardly pay attention to her when you’re in a room. They’re going to go, ‘Oh, Gwen was here too?’ ” DeGeneres joked, adding Stefani’s “got a good personality, and that’s all that counts.”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays in syndication (check local listings).

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