Gwen Stefani On Her Music And Love: ‘I’m In A Good Place’

Gwen Stefani has suffered through her divorce from Gavin Rossdale and bounced back with the help and love of Blake Shelton in as public a forum as has ever been seen, so it seems only fitting that Stefani should now share what her life has become with her fans and her critics. Joining the love of her life on stage for the first performance of her duet with Shelton on The Voice is just a small sample of everything Stefani has going for her, from a new album to the latest additions to her eyewear collection.

The Voice Sets The Stage For Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton

Fans have been hearing about the duet co-written and sung by Stefani and Shelton for months now, but the couple has finally satisfied everyone’s anticipation with a live performance of “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” on last night’s episode of The Voice. Gwen and Blake share a deep closeness, a bond that developed as they each came away from broken relationships and found solace in their new friendship. Eventually, that friendship blossomed into something more, but their shared pain is still felt in the song they sang together, breaking the hearts of fans of both Stefani and Shelton.

Shelton, speaking for both Stefani and himself, says there was discussion about releasing “Go Ahead And Break My Heart,” because they each felt concern that the public would think they were each still harboring the pain caused by their former relationships. In the end, Gwen and Blake shared the song, because it was a labor of love and, more than that, they each love the song.

“We were at a point where it’s like, ‘Do we want to go there? What will people think?’ And then we finally just got to the point where it’s like, ‘You know what? I don’t give a s**t. I love this song! This song’s important to us and the fact that we wrote it together is so important to both of us,” said Shelton.

Gwen Stefani Opens Up About Love, Music, And Eyeglasses

Unlike many people who require prescription eyeglasses, Gwen says she loves wearing them and that, like all accessories, eyewear has always been a big part of her own personal style. Stefani reveals that she has long had a dream of launching her own line of eyeglasses and sunglasses, but, until recently, she never found a partner company that she felt would have been the right fit. Gwen designed each pair of glasses herself, though she also gives credit to a tech team with whom she worked alongside throughout the entire designing process.

“All these years, I wanted to do glasses—I finally get the right partner, they come out and they’re a hit; people love them and it’s crazy,” says Ms. Stefani. “It’s so much fun when you do something and people react positively and you get that fulfillment of ‘This is what I did.'”

Gwen’s creativity hasn’t been limited to her new eyewear lines. Stefani just released This is What the Truth Feels Like, which she describes as a very personal album with writings based on her experiences in ending her relationship to Rossdale, as well as finding new love with Shelton. Ms. Stefani says the entire cycle has irrevocably changed her in many ways, and she credits Blake Shelton for helping her come to terms with those changes and helping her to evolve into the person she is now.

“When you’re going through a really tough time, there are people that come in your life, like a friend that can help you get through things, and he’s definitely one of those people. That’s it. I feel like, when it comes to my life, I say so much already in my songs.”

Stefani adds that even now, her life is a crazy whirlwind that keeps her on her toes, but she says she hopes to take a break from things soon. Gwen has already made plans to connect with her fans by taking a This is What the Truth Feels Like tour, which will kick off in July with special guest Eve. Adding a tour to the mix will help Stefani focus on her music, even as she takes time to spend with her children and Blake, but what about her emotional state? Would Gwen Stefani say she’s happy with her hectic, crazy, successful life?

“Yeah, I would. I’m in a good place.”

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