#WomanCrushWednesday: Gwen Stefani
Ain't no hollaback girl
20 years after the debut of her band No Doubt, Stefani has released her third solo album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, and got her first number-one hit with the confessional Used To Love You. But before all that happened, the Queen of Ska underwent turmoil after turmoil that followed her high-profile divorce last year with husband of 13 years Gavin Rossdale, who was allegedly having an affair with the family's nanny. But, Gwen is Gwen. Rising above it all, the bulletproof bombshell is back at driving her career upright B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Summing up her life's rollercoaster ride, here are quotes from the horse's mouth:
On discovering the tragedy
"It was a surprise, but it was also the beginning of a waking up, like, 'Oh, my God, that's beyond this world.' Everybody knows what happened next. February 9, I obviously know the date. It was the beginning of hell. Like six, seven, eight months of torture, trying to figure out this big secret. It was so insane because not only did my family break up, but then my kids are taken away like half the time, so that was really like, 'What?! What did I do?'"
On Used To Love You
"I went through a real period of anger, but I felt like this song was almost like a forgiveness song. It's admitting, I used to love you and now I don't. I opened this channel to writing again — it was me being honest, being real."
On joining The Voice's panel
"My baby [Apollo] was four weeks old, and the phone rang one day and it was my friend Shelli Azoff [managing partner of the L.A. Forum and wife of music mogul Irving], who said Christina Aguilera was pregnant, and would I ever consider doing the show in her place? And after you've had a baby, you can't wait to get your life back — to get back to me. When they told me Pharrell was doing it, I got excited about it."
On new beau and The Voice co-star, Blake Shelton
"... it was like being handed this gift of a friend who was going through the exact same thing at the exact same time. And then it was just like everything flipped. It went from horrible to, like, hopeful and, like, 'Wow, God, you just don't know what's gonna happen next.' It's crazy the support and love I've felt. Life is such a weird... [laughs] I mean, I can't believe I'm number one on a country chart."
On where she is now
"I'm at a certain time in my life where I feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to do. Every day is art, you know? Some days are really bad, and some days are so good."
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