Gwen’s Interview with PrideSource

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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.

23 Replies to “Gwen’s Interview with PrideSource”

  1. One of her best interviews. Loved the questions (from a different perspective) and the way she answered them. And it’s cute how she lets her sons to express themselves how they feel like. Happy childhood for sure!

  2. Does anyone else get the impression that Pharrell is sort of an ass kisser? I know that’s harsh, but don’t know how else to put it… I believe that he adores Gwen, but it seems a little much with some of the things he says. It’s like he’s Gwen’s cheerleader or something LOL But yes, good interview. It’s interesting that the album is now pushed until Spring. Next it will be Summer…and then…

  3. Really great interview. I like the album is coming later than sooner the spring sounds perfect they have the time to do the right thing. It would be great if she tours during the Fall.

  4. Dude, Pharrell is not an ass kisser, he’s one of the most talented guys out there and he speaks the truth about Gwen. I don’t know what you’re thinking Gina…

  5. I feel a lot like Gwen. Maybe because we’re Libras. That’s why I became a fan, when we have so much things in common with the artist.

  6. Pharrell & Gwen have a special connection is all I have to say & no one can take that from them or hate on it. Also I love everything Gwen pretty much touches -it’s always a smash hit with me whether it’s commercially successful or not. Libra Love people ! 💜

  7. Pharrell is a genius. I understand some fans don’t appreciate much the combo G+P, but you got to understand that this where she’s at right now, and to be honest it’s good for her. Gwen got this wake-up call she needed. Ok Spark The Fire didn’t connect with most people, but who cares. I think we were so used to get everything “perfect” from Gwen, but you know what she’s fucking not. Things change, people change, but at least she stays true to herself. I also think these little failures are part of being an artist. Now she can follow a different direction and experiment more. And you know what, probably she will end up getting a single that will re-connect with people.
    I’m not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, but I keep reading very sarcastic post from fans and it’s really frustrating at time. Ok I understand you’re disappointed, but do you need to be like that 90% of the time? It’s a let down, especially for other fans. Sometimes shifting your thoughts to the positive aspects can be a good thing. I’m not saying that we should all wear blinkers, but try to stay optimistic.

  8. NDLOVER couldn’t agree more, that’s exactly how I feel!!!

    And even though I didn’t enjoy Spark The Fire that much, I can say Push and Shove (Ft Major Lazer and Bu$y Signal) gave me LIFE and I don’t care about commercial success!!! I listen to that song almost everyday and there’s something amazing and greedy about having a favorite song that didn’t hit number 1. Just like the Beacon Street Collection p.e., in a different way. It’s all about appreciating Gwen/ND’s in different ways. I know I do.

  9. I identify myself when I listen to Staring Problem, this song is kinda similar to Beauty Contest. My definition of it is when we don’t feel comfortable with ourselves, we start to look the way the other people are and the way they live their lives, and then we start to compare and we get the illusion that we have to change our personality to be good and accepted. But at the end I just prefer to be me, don’t want to be like anybody else. But we can’t stop looking to the other people ways, even when you just want to be yourself, you keep looking, it turns like vicious and it’s a personal fight.

  10. From what I remember “Staring Problem” was supposedly written about Nicole Appleton from the band “All Saints” who back in the 90’s was rumoured to have dated Gavin.

    1. I never heard about that… I also don’t think Staring Problem is about someone in specific; it’s just about Gwen’s insecurities. So many women feel that way when they see a female with a perfect body/beautiful face that they “envy”. I know cause my best friend is exactly like that. lol Funny thing she’s also a libra. xD

  11. Where did you see it? I googled it and nothing came over. Allmusic.com says it was written by tony, eric and gwen.

  12. Matheus, and it was. It’s Eric’s last ND song 🙁
    Gwen said they written the song sitting on floor of her living room one day.

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