In a lengthy new interview with PrideSource, Gwen discussed her “late in life” introduction to the gay community, lessons she’s been teaching her boys and her new album (slated for a spring release).
Gwen says that she was first “introduced” to the gay community while working with friend Mathu Andersen on the “Ex-Girlfriend” video. Through Mathu, Gwen met and became close with Zaldy (whom collaborated on L.A.M.B.), hairstylist Danilo and makeup artist Gregory Arlt. “These guys have become some of my closest friends over the years, and also the team that have helped me creatively on so many levels.” She says that everyone she’s met in the gay community have been “very creative people” and considers them a special type of friend that she has never had before. “I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s interesting because we can talk about so many things that we are all interested in and yet it’s different from having a guy friend or a girlfriend. It’s like having a creative partner.”
She finds that her boys are taking interests in hair and makeup since it’s something that they have grown up around. Gwen pushes her boys to stay true to themselves which she’s always taken great pride in. “What I like to say is that being unique and original is what makes me happy, and I think that rubs off on them… It’s really important more than anything else to not be talked into something, to stand your ground and to be able to be strong about what you feel. That’s what I like and that’s what I want them to learn – that being individual and being unique is important. Don’t be scared of that. I don’t want them to try to be like everyone else, and at that age, everybody just wants to have the same shoes everybody else has, and I don’t really like that. If they do want to, I’ll support that as well. You just want them to be happy. It’s a short life and it goes by so quick.”
Gwen admits that she’s always been shy on taking issues and stances publically saying, “I’m a Libra. I’m all about balance; I’m not about confrontation.” In 2012, Harajuku Lovers teamed up with Target to release a special line of t-shirts with 100% of the profit proceeds dontaed. When asked what inspired her to raise awareness for marriage equality, Gwen says that it wasn’t meant to be a big statement, but more that the shirt was something for everyone. “It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do and what you think – love is love. Take it whichever way you want to take it.”
On “Spark The Fire”, Gwen states again that the song isn’t meant to be an anthem for feminism. Prior to the single’s release, Pharrell Williams was very adamant in interviews about the song’s strong message but Gwen finds “Spark The Fire” more personal. “His interpretation of me is: He thinks that I need to be the torch for feminism. (But the song) was so perfect for my story – for what I was feeling in my own personal life – that I didn’t even get it as a feminist anthem. I thought it was just about me! I was just feeling me…”. She feels the same way about “Just a Girl”, that was more of a page from her journal rather than an anthem for girl power. “It’s really about me, my journey and where I’m at in my life. It’s just very personal.”
Gwen says that her relationship with Pharrell is interesting. “Our relationship is so interesting. I say to him, “You are so talented and incredible; how do you come up with this stuff? It’s blowing my mind.” And he’ll say to me, “It’s you. I wouldn’t have come up with this unless I got the energy you gave me that night.” And I didn’t do anything! It’s so weird.” She says that Pharrell sees things inside her that she doesn’t see herself. “Watching my journey, he knows a lot about me personally that maybe not everyone knows, so he sees me in a different way as well. He sees me as being really strong, and I don’t really see that as much.”
On Gavin, Gwen calls her husband “beautiful person” and can see why both women and men love him. Growing up loving both music and fashion from London, she finds the aspect of him being British very special. Gwen admits that she currently doesn’t have a “girl crush” but is really into both Taylor Swift and Charli XCX (who has been working with Gwen on her new album). She also really admires Joni Mitchell for her songwriting.
Gwen recalls how the past two years have been nothing but surprises for her including giving birth to her third son and being on The Voice last season. She admits that putting out new music that quick with No Doubt wasn’t possible, so she decided to put out a few songs (and now an album) of her own. “I feel like I’m on a journey and I’m at a totally different point in my life, and it just feels good to be doing something completely different, new and unexpected.” The article states that Gwen’s third solo album should be out sometime in the spring.
Check out PrideSource.com for the full interview. Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.