Although Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani initially blamed their nasty split on “irreconcilable differences,” it has now been revealed that the real reason for the divorce between the No Doubt frontwoman and the British rocker was due to a passionate affair that Rossdale had with their nanny, Mindy Mann. After 20 years together, 13 of them married, the couple decided to separate, and their divorce was announced in August.
Rossdale and Stefani released the following statement to People magazine shortly after making their decision to divorce.
“While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment.”
Gwen was reportedly made aware of her husband’s affair with the nanny — who cared for their three sons, Kingston, 9, Zuma, 6, and 20-month-old Apollo, since 2008 — back in February, a day after she attended the 2015 Grammy Awards.
According to a report from E! News, the most serious issue which led to the breakup of one of the more established couples in Hollywood is that the lead singer of the rock band Bush was having an affair with Mann right under Gwen’s nose.
“The nanny told Gwen everything,” a source said. “She immediately confronted Gavin and he tried to deny everything once again. He had a story that he was just flirting but this time Gwen and seen it with her own eyes and didn’t believe it. She couldn’t get past it and was devastated this was going on right under her nose. She asked Gavin to leave and knew the marriage was over.”
Stefani allegedly learned of her ex-husband’s betrayal through some personal messages on the family’s iPad, which was linked to Rossdale’s phone.
“One of the other nannies went to get the iPad for one of the boys and found texts and photos that Mindy had sent to Gavin,” the source was quoted as saying. “Gavin’s texts were linked to the iPad and could be seen. They talked about meeting up to have sex and she sent naked photos.”
Apparently, it was another nanny of the couple’s children who warned Stefani of the incriminating evidence in February of this year. At first, Rossdale and Mann vehemently denied there was an ongoing relationship between them and insisted it was just “simple flirtation.” However, Stefani’s rising suspicions eventually drove the nanny to leave the job and Los Angeles and move back East, Radar Online reports.
A few months later, Radar Online learned that the nanny reportedly admitted to the affair, however, she is insistent that she never intended to fall in love with Rossdale and is humiliated the relationship has been made public. It was then, in August, when Stefani made the hard decision to end their marriage.
But besides the cheating bombshell, there was something else that came to light recently. Apparently Mann had an unnatural obsession with her employer and even created strange matches of photos of Stefani. The Daily Mail wrote that photographs posted on Facebook by Mindy Mann show the 20-something in a series of poses that are creepily similar to her superstar boss. She also bears a strong resemblance to the artist and often wore the same haircut, same accessories, and the same clothes as Stefani. A source told the publication that “if Gwen would eat something or do a workout or get a new handbag, Mindy would do the same thing. Gwen thought it was weird.”
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