Is Gwen Stefani a victim of love? Is she powerless when it comes down to the heart wanting what it wants? With troubling chatter already surfacing about Blake Shelton’s wandering eye, maybe it’s time to assess if Ms. Stefani is a modern day Elizabeth Taylor, a woman who was so in love with love that she followed her heart even when her head and her more level-headed friends warned her away from the men she thought she couldn’t live without.
Gwen’s In Love, Round One: Tony Kanal
The twenty-year history of No Doubt is as much a chronicle of Gwen Stefani’s love affair with bandmate Tony Kanal as it is the career arc of a California Ska revival ensemble. The two became an item in the early days of the band’s existence. In an interview with Cavan Sieczkowski of HuffPost Entertainment, Stefani disclosed that she saw her destiny tied to Kanal’s, with dreams of marriage and children very much a part of their future. During the twenty-eight month tour to support the band’s 1995 release, Tragic Kingdom, Stefani and Kanal found themselves playing out the talking points of their breakup in progress with the media. Eventually, Kanal pulled the plug on the relationship.
It was a painful time, but it also serves as a way for Gwen Stefani to use that sting of love gone wrong to find her strengths. As she told the Guardian’s Hadley Freeman, it was a time for catharsis and creative rebirth.
“Before, I was really passive, all I cared about was being in love with my boyfriend. I didn’t have any creative power, nothing. I don’t know that person any more. But I’d been really bad at school and didn’t know what I would do, I just sang in my brother’s band. But after the breakup I just started writing all these songs and suddenly I was: ‘Oh I think I’m really good at this!’ “
Gwen Stefani Finds Love Again, Round Two: Gavin Rossdale
Stefani met the man who would be her first husband in 1995 when No Doubt opened for alt-rockers Bush. Rossdale and Stefani were married in 2002, and it didn’t take long for the pair to go from paparazzi-friendly love birds to a growing family whose outings became a regular part of entertainment journalism’s arcana of celebrity kid coverage from 2006 onward.
The facade of a happy home and unbreakable marriage was not without its cracks. In 2004, Rossdale was revealed to be the father of teen model Daisy Lowe. The Daily Mail reported the fallout from that revelation took years for relationships between Daisy’s mother, Pearl, and Rossdale, who acted as his daughter’s godfather and wanted her parentage kept secret. The emotional turmoil around this had some effect on Rossdale’s marriage to Stefani, but they maintained they were in love and would endure this bump.
Another bump would play a role in the history of the Rossdale-Stefani marriage. This one was of a happier nature, as Stefani gave birth to their first of three children in 2006. Kingston James McGregor Rossdale was followed by Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale in 2008 and Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale in 2014.
In the middle of years of happy appearances, declarations of unshakeable love and hundreds of photos of the couple out and about with strollers full of fashion forward tots, Gwen Stefani weathered yet another controversy in 2010. As reported in Us Magazine, during an interview with Howard Stern, career bad girl, Courtney Love, admitted to an eight-month affair with the Bush front man. Another scandal weathered meant even more reason, as Hollywood Life’s Chris Rogers would put it, to presume that their marriage was unbreakable.
The last straw for Gwen Stefani might have been Rossdale’s affair with their nanny, Mindy Mann. As reported by the Inquisitr on April 1 of this year, Stefani was one again using music as way to heal from the hurt of seeing her love and trust abused.
The Inquisitr reported on the terms of divorce for Rossdale and Stefani earlier this week. The couple filed in California, a community property state. While this usually means an equal division of the marital assets, it looks like the considerably wealthier Stefani is getting the better end of the settlement in divorce court.
Is It Really A Charm? Round Three: Blake Shelton
If and when Stefani and Blake Shelton tie the knot, this will be the second trip to the altar for her and the third for him. Is the third time a charm? Wetpaint.com’s relationship timeline for Shelton’s relationship with previous wife, Miranda Lambert, shows there might be trouble ahead for Gwen Stefani’s quest for love. Like the aforementioned Liz Taylor, Gwen Stefani might be taking on a bad boy.
Shelton married his first wife, Kaynette Gern, in 2003. They divorced in 2006. In 2005, Shelton met his second wife, Miranda Lambert, while performing at a CMT concert. Shelton admitted in an interview that even though he was still married to Wife No. 1, it was love at first sight when he sang with Lambert.
“I was a married guy, you know, standing up there going, ‘Man, this shouldn’t be happening.’ Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her right there onstage.”
Shelton and Lambert dated for four years following his divorce from Gern. After an old-fashioned courtship and a marriage where Lambert and Shelton dealt with their own share of hints, allegations, and things that shouldn’t have been said, the couple split in 2015.
It was not long after the official split that Billboard reported Gwen Stefani admitted there was more than a little love between her and fellow The Voice star Shelton.
With rumors swirling around the couple about engagements, pregnancies, and now the possible boggle of a Miley invasion, one question remains: Has Gwen Stefani found the love of her life?
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