In a new exclusive interview with UK’s Mirror, Gwen talks about how her two boys keep her grounded.
She talks about how Zuma and Kingston are older now and her being in a band is a little “weird”. They were excited to listen to the new album.
Gwen says that there were times during the recording process that No Doubt was worried the album would never happen. The whole band was understanding towards each other if they ever needed to get away and spend time with their families. “I needed that at this time in my life. I couldn’t work with people who had all these expectations of me.” She continued by saying she needed that “love and support” which is what Tom, Tony and Adrian gave her. Aw!
Gwen also admits she loves reality shows like X Factor.
Mirror — There’s No Doubt Gwen Stefani home life stops her getting too big for her Âstilettos.
The band is back after an 11-year hiatus with a stonking new album, Push and Shove… but that doesnâ€™t impress the iconic red-lipped frontladyâ€™s son Kingston, six.
Iâ€™ve been a fan of No Doubt since ye olde days so was chuffed when Gwen, 42.
Relaxing on a couch in a posh ÂLondon hotel with bandmate Tony Kanal, Gwen said: â€œI came home with a CD and gave it to Kingston and he was like, â€˜Oh my goshâ€™ and was looking at it.
â€œOn the way to school he wanted to listen to it but then was mad he hadnâ€™t watched TV instead. When he got to school he was like, â€˜I made a mistake, I should have watched TV. I made the wrong choiceâ€™. That Âdefinitely keeps me Âgrounded!
â€œI think itâ€™s really weird for my kids to see me in the band because when we went on the tour three years ago, they were too Âlittle to take it in. Now I think itâ€™s weird.
â€œFour-year-old Zuma did soundcheck with us on Ellen DeGeneres and he had his guitar. He wants to be in the band â€“ thatâ€™s the Âproblem. I just want them to be happy and stay out of jail. That would be my dream.â€
Kingstonâ€™s opinions aside, itâ€™s the bandâ€™s best album â€“ but Gwen starts welling up Âdiscussing its torturous writing sessions and admits it nearly didnâ€™t see the light of day.
She said: â€œI was worried the whole time because I was like, â€˜How am I going to do this? I canâ€™t do thisâ€™.
â€œI think there were lots of times we felt it was never going to happen. Tony now admits he was worried it wasnâ€™t going to happen. It was a really challenging record to make.
â€œBoth him and (guitarist) Tom Dumont were so supportive and were like, â€˜If you need to leave now to get back to the kids, goâ€™. I needed that at this time in my life. I couldnâ€™t work with people who had all these expectations of me.
â€œI needed love and Âsupport and thatâ€™s what they gave me. The thing that made this record great was the Âstruggle of Âhaving to do it Âdifferently and having time Ârestraints.
â€œYou have to come in after being up all night with the baby, exhausted all day long with kids and then sitting on a couch with your best friends trying to write a song in five hours.â€
Gwen admits that on her last trip here she got addicted to The X ÂFactor and girlband Little Mix.
â€œI like those shows. A lot of people I know donâ€™t because they are like â€˜Oh, itâ€™s a talent showâ€™, but they make it really engaging. Iâ€™d never watched any of those shows but when I was here last year, we started ÂwatchingX Factor.
â€œLittle Mix had a cool rap and it was engaging and fun.â€
Up close Gwen looks a natural 20 years younger than her age and thereâ€™s no hint of a nip or tuck. But as she prepares to turn 43 this week she admits she has to work at it.
â€œMy abs are a little squidgy. Theyâ€™re not what you think they are. I keep them in shape by working out.
â€œWe try and eat good and look after ourselves as we have to do that stuff for our live shows. Itâ€™s part of who we are and itâ€™s not that hard.
â€œI think thereâ€™s a pressure to look good in life generally. I think we all have those pressures.
â€œIâ€™ve always liked make-up and dressed up. Even if I didnâ€™t have someone waiting to judge me I would still do it.
â€œItâ€™s part of who I am and I love that part of life. I love clothes and I love Barbies and I love playing dolls and I was always that girl.
â€œItâ€™s not that different but I just get to do it more. People get married and thatâ€™s their one big night with the dress and the make-up. I get to do it every day. Itâ€™s a dream and just so much fun.â€