In a new candid interview with Rolling Stone, Gwen opened up about how she’s still reeling from her painful divorce from Gavin Rossdale, bringing her music back on the road and the future of No Doubt.
Gwen says that she’s been “desperate” to make new music for quite some time. She said that once her “heart was ripped out, and, like, served back to [her] on a platter,” Gwen was able to channel her emotions into songs that would make up her new album which she calls “a miracle.” When asked how she’s preparing to take her solo material back on the road this summer, Gwen admits that she’s still “heartbroken” and “not in a different place yet”.
“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.”
Gwen called her previous attempt at a new record (with Benny Blanco and company) a “fake record” saying that “it never felt right.”
When asked on what the future holds for No Doubt, Gwen honestly says she “doesn’t know what’s going to happen.” She continued by saying that she feels that they’ve “grown apart as far as what kind of music” they want to create together. She also admits that she was burnt out during the recording of Push and Shove and that the production “felt really conflicted”. Gwen says that it was huge disappointment that the album wasn’t received well for all the effort that went into it.
You worked so hard on the last No Doubt record, and it didn’t connect. Is that band over?
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with No Doubt. When Tony [Kanal] and I are connected creatively, it’s magic. But I think we’ve grown apart as far as what kind of music we want to make. I was really drained and burned out when we recorded that album [2012’s Push and Shove]. And I had a lot of guilt: “I have to do it.” That’s not the right setting to make music. There’s some really great writing on that record. But the production felt really conflicted. It was sad how we all waited that long to put something out and it didn’t get heard.”
Gwen was also asked if she had any resentment about Tony, Tom and Adrian’s new project with Davey Havok and she says that she feels no ill will at all. “Those are my homeys from when I was a little girl! I want them to be happy and do whatever they need to do to fulfill whatever creative place they need to fill.”
Tom had shared earlier in the week that the boys are back in the studio recording their debut album together with Davey.
On a personal note, this sensitive issue has been on the minds of many No Doubters and doesn’t come as a surprise to some. We respect Gwen, Tom, Tony and Adrian’s honesty with the issue and they continue to inspire us with their continued passions and projects outside of No Doubt. We’ll continue to have hope that the band will reunite in the near future to create something but it’s understandable at this time in their lives to focus on their families and what truly drives them as individuals.
We love this band so much and are excited to see what new and exciting projects are in store for all of us fans.