Gwen Stefani can’t seem to thank Blake Shelton enough for helping her get through her divorce from Gavin Rossdale, but she recently revealed that the “Came Here to Forget” singer isn’t the only one who gave her hope after her marriage of 13 years fell apart.
During a recent interview, Gwen Stefani talked about how her new album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, takes fans on the roller coaster ride of emotions she experienced in the wake of her divorce. According to the singer, she went from feeling hopeless to incredibly happy over the course of a few short months.
“Even though things were horrible, they went from horrible to, like, euphoric over an eight-month period – the music just captures that,” Gwen told S/ magazine.
Blake Shelton played a large part in pulling Gwen Stefani out of the depths of despair, and the positive effect he had on her is evident in upbeat, playful love songs like “Misery” and “Make Me Like You.” As The Inquisitr previously reported, Gwen has revealed that “Misery” is about an actual conversation she had with Blake. She begged her boyfriend to put her out of her misery by coming to see her after a long day in the studio, and she immediately realized that her words would make a great song. The “Misery” lyrics also reference the aforementioned “euphoric” feeling Gwen experienced when she and Blake fell for each other.
“You’re like drugs, you’re like drugs to me / I’m so into you totally,” Gwen sings.
However, every song on Gwen Stefani’s album isn’t a happy one. As Entertainment Weekly reports, she released the emotional breakup ballad “Used to Love You” late last October before she and Blake Shelton made the announcement that they were officially dating. It was the first single released from This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which didn’t yet have a title, and Gwen says that her fans’ response to the song about heartbreak helped her heal.
“It’s like taking something that’s so bad, and then just releasing it, and feeling the love come back to me, the support and people relating to it and the real intention I had in writing it. It felt so healing for me.”
While it’s clear that Gwen Stefani appreciates her fans’ love just as much as she appreciates Blake Shelton being a part of her life, there’s some concern that her fans’ support isn’t translating into ticket sales. Gwen’s This Is What the Truth Feels Like tour kicks off on July 12 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and the Daily Mail reports that the prices of tickets for the show were drastically reduced to fill seats. Over the Fourth of July weekend, fans could purchase four general admission tickets for $40, or just $10 apiece.
The Boston Globe reports that Gwen Stefani’s show at the Xfinity Center likely isn’t selling out because of “the larger-than-normal number of concerts this summer.” Many other artists, including Luke Bryan and Kid Rock, are also having a tough time filling seats at their concerts in Massachusetts, which may be because they’re competing against the likes of Adele, Demi Lovato, and Drake for music fans’ money. Meanwhile, Gossip Cop is reporting that Gwen’s ticket sales aren’t as dire as some outlets are making them out to be.
During an interview with Billboard, Gwen Stefani promised fans that she would do her best to repay them for their love and support if they attend her concerts. She revealed that she wants to connect with her fans on a level that makes them feel like they’re friends with her, and she wants to make sure that they have a blast.
“I want people to feel like they know me by the end of it, and if I have to slap ’em around and tell ’em what to do, by the end of the show I want to walk away and feel like we know each other and that we have a connection,” Gwen said. “So all of the other stuff — the lights, the video screens, the costumes, the makeup — to me what’s punk is saying, ‘You will have fun and I will control you, and by the end of this we’re gonna be best friends.’ That’s my attitude.”
— Eve (@TheRealEve) June 15, 2016
During her tour, Gwen Stefani will be joined by her “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” collaborator Eve, and she’s teased that Blake Shelton may pop up at some point to perform “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” with her. However, a source says that there is not truth to the rumors that Gwen plans on using Blake to increase her ticket sales.
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