Gwen Stefani isn’t holding back when it comes to how she feels about the LGBT community. Asked how she would respond if she had a son who was gay, Gwen promptly revealed that she would consider herself “blessed” in an interview with PrideSource.
If one of her sons came out to her one day, Stefani emphasizes that she would feel truly blessed.
“I would be blessed with a gay son. You know that I would feel blessed about that. I just want my boys to be happy and healthy, and I just ask God to guide me every day to be a good mother because it is not an easy job.”
Gratitude plays a key element in the attitude of the pop singer. After recently going through a difficult divorce from Gavin Rossdale, who is the father of her three sons, she found love on The Voice with country music superstar Blake Shelton.
And what Stefani has learned from her travels is that whether someone is gay or straight doesn’t matter, she pointed out in her discussion of how she would feel about a gay son.
“It doesn’t really matter if you’re gay, straight, whatever. There are good and bad people, and I would be happy. I just want my kids to be happy, and whatever journey God gives them is their journey,” affirmed the singer.
Stefani has set a goal of always supporting her sons.
“I just need to be there to be the most supportive mom that I can be and that’s what I’m gonna be,” she added firmly.
In addition, the mother of three sons revealed that she’s turned to her gay friends to ask about their lives when they were young.
“I always ask my gay friends, ‘OK, so what was it like when you were a little boy?’ Because I do know that it’s gotta be difficult to be the alternative, to not be the mainstream, or to be different, if you want to call it that,” she added.
As to how she feels overall about the LGBT community, Stefani feels that there’s nothing “weird” about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans.
“It doesn’t seem different or weird or anything anymore because it just seems so normal to me,” she declared.
In addition, the pop star expressed gratitude to her LGBT friends and supporters.
“Most of my gay friends are talented, close people who work with me: my hairdresser, my makeup artist. Those are probably my two closest gay friends, and what I love about them is how unique they are and how spirited they are and how talented they are,” praised Stefani.
Describing their passion, she noted that she recognizes that these individuals don’t represent “all gay men,” but they have had a significant impact on her life, especially during her most difficult times.
“I turned to them this whole time period, during my whole tragedy, and they have been really, really super supportive and loyal and made me look pretty when I didn’t feel pretty.”
Asked if Shelton needed to get approved by her gay friends, Stefani revealed that no problems existed.
“All the same people all the time are always in the room together and we do everything together, so it’s like we’re all a big posse. It’s funny, too, because Blake’s mom was a hairdresser growing up, so he was definitely introduced to that world a looong time ago,” she added.
Among those who appreciate the accepting attitude of Shelton’s girlfriend is Jeffrey Austin, who is gay and was a finalist on The Voice on Team Gwen, reported Out.
“She’s very motherly with her contestants and personally invested in our journeys on the show,” praised Austin. “She was just really emotionally invested and she just really cared about us.”
Moreover, Austin felt that Stefani was the only coach to take time to help her contestants with their appearance, expressing his gratitude.
“We got a lot of style and glam advice that other teams didn’t. She sat us down with all of her team (stylist, hairdresser, makeup) to really go over our looks and image, and I think that was a really big benefit about being on her team,” revealed Austin.
The former contestant added that Stefani’s openness helped him to be more open as well.
“She forced me to be really open and connected with how I felt and how the lyrics made me feel, and I think that helped me connect with the audience more,” he added.
As to whether he now feels responsible for serving as a role model for gay kids after his experience on The Voice, Austin revealed that he hopes to show the importance of fulfilling your dreams without fear.
“In terms of never compromising your dreams because you’re scared of being who you are, that I will definitely take responsibility for,” promised Austin. “Growing up, I didn’t think it was possible to be openly gay on these kinds of shows.”
Now, however, Austin expressed appreciation for others who have gone before him.
“And then there’s people like Sam Smith and Frank Ocean who’ve really opened the doors so that mainstream America is not even thinking about it anymore. It’s like not even a second thought,” he added.
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