Although Gwen Stefani seems to be enjoying her life at the moment with her new love Blake Shelton, the singer still openly admits that her “dreams were crushed” following the split from Gavin Rossdale.
The singer has three children with the Bush front-man, Kingston, 10, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 2. However, the hollaback girl filed for divorce in August of 2015 after 13 years of marriage following allegations of Rossdale’s infidelity with the couple’s nanny.
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Although the blonde bombshell is finding her way and has found love again with Blake Shelton, she is truthful that it will take her some time to fully rebuild emotionally since the “breakdown of her marriage,” as the Toronto Sun shares.
“I’m not in a different place yet. I’m still heartbroken. You can’t have your family break up and still not be going through it a year later. I was just cleaning out a room in my house before I called you. It’s devastating.”
However, from Gwen’s heartbreak seems to always come vulnerable, relatable, and catchy music. Her 1995 album, Tragic Kingdom, with the band No Doubt, is a testament to this, seeing as its inspiration came from a break up. This year, Stefani’s latest album, This is What the Truth Feels Like, has experienced great success and is also based on her split from Gavin. However, the record also involves tracks about her new love with Shelton, therefore is a nice transition from heartache to new-found love.
“Even before I knew that my life would be forever changed and all my dreams would be crushed, I was quite desperate to make new music.”
In sharing about her 90s smash album, Tragic Kingdom, Gwen noted her surprise at her abilities to write while enduring the hardship of the breakup.
“I didn’t even know I could write music. And then my heart was ripped out, and, like, served back to me on a platter. And this album, I feel like it just fell out of the sky. It was a miracle.”
Gwen’s most recent track, which was written alongside her new country singer beau, is entitled “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.” It’s a duet between the two that has a true country sound and feel. Stefani shares that she has always been open to embracing different genres. The pop star shares as to how being on The Voice has helped her embrace new forms of music.
“Being on (U.S. TV talent show) The Voice helped open my mind to all kinds of music. My parents loved folk and bluegrass – my first concert was Emmylou Harris. “
When it comes to making new music, the entrepreneur, fashion designer, pop princess and mother of three is more focused now on making her own music, for the most part. Although Gwen was originally known as the front-woman of ultra-hip and popular 90s band No Doubt, she admits that she and the bandmates have grown apart in regards to the type of music they want to make.
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One thing Gwen isn’t sure about when it comes to her future is whether she will have any more collaborations with No Doubt coming up. The group hasn’t released any new material since 2012’s Push and Shove, and even that wasn’t an enjoyable experience for the front woman. Rolling Stone relays the star’s words.
“I was really drained and burned out when we recorded that album. And I had a lot of guilt: ‘I have to do it.’ That’s not the right setting to make music.”
Stefani then shared that she really doesn’t know what the future of the band will be at this point.