Gwen Stefani Opens Up About ‘Unexpected’ Split With Gavin Rossdale

Gwen Stefani just sat down for an interview Monday with KIIS FM‘s Jojo Wright, revealing more details about what went down during her split with former husband Gavin Rossdale. Gwen and Gavin were married for 13 years before the two officially got divorced in August. The split, however, occurred before both parties officially confirmed the news in a joint statement, according to Gwen Stefani.

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In the interview, Gwen talked about the split with Rossdale, recalling how the experience informed the writing of her new single, “Used to Love You.” Gwen described the entire ordeal as “unexpected.”

“I had been writing writing because my life blew up… Everybody knows that my life blew up last February. I’d just been dealing with that. Unexpected. I was going along thinking that was going to be the rest of my life and it’s not. I don’t know what happened. I’ve always wanted to write music so desperately because doing it is one thing that really validates me for myself.”

Gwen Stefani burst onto the music scene as the frontwoman for ska-pop band No Doubt during the 90’s, hitting it big with singles such as “Don’t Speak,” “I’m Just A Girl,” and “Spider Webs.” In late 2000, Rolling Stone cemented Gwen Stefani’s iconic status by naming her “The Queen of Confessional Pop.” Gwen Stefani released several albums with No Doubt through 2013, but also revealed several solo albums in between.

While Gwen Stefani has always been a prolific songwriter, the circumstances around the writing of her new record are vastly different from the ones before. In describing her writing process for new single “Used to Love You,” Gwen recalls that one turbulent night when all her emotions just crashed in on her, compelling her to write more personal songs.

“There was one night, the epicenter of the whole thing—that’s the most I can say about that—and the next day I wrote the chorus to ‘Used to Love You,’ but I didn’t know it was ‘Used to Love You.’ I just had written all this stuff and it had happened to be in there buried in a bunch of lyrics that I had written.”

“I went to the studio and I had written all these songs… [the record company] basically said they didn’t think anyone would relate to it and it was too personal. I was like, ‘Oh! Ouch!’ But I don’t know if they were trying to.”

Fortunately for Stefani, the record company eventually realized that she had a hit on her hands once the song was finished. Gwen Stefani was more than thrilled about it.

“It was the first time in 25 years the record company calls and says, ‘We think you have a really big song. We think you have a hit.'”

“I was like, ‘What are you talking about? No one’s ever said that to me in my whole life!'”

In her interview with Ryan Seacrest last week, Gwen Stefani revealed how she found her artistic muse amidst all the struggles she has had over her split with Rossdale. “I think within eight weeks I had 19 songs,” Stefani revealed to the American Idol host. “I was like, ‘Listen, all I wanna do is — I just want to say the truth. I just want the truth to come out. I just want to be honest and real, that represents where I’m at right now.'”

Gwen Stefani looks to be in a happy disposition right now, as she and new boyfriend Blake Shelton seem to really hit it off as a couple. As reported in The Inquisitr, both Gwen and Blake were in a flirtatious mood in their first appearance as a couple on The Voice on Monday.

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