Thanks to Alexandra for sending her photo over of Gwen’s new feature in UK’s Look magazine.
We transcribed the interview portion of the interview for everyone. Nothing really new, but touches more on the lyrics inspiration for “Settle Down”. Gwen brings up that you’re never always happy in your marriage and that is where she drew the lyrics from.
Gwen, you’ve recorded a new No Doubt album. How did it feel being back with the band after eight years?
It’s so good. It’s hard to describe it, but it’s a lot of fun. But the process is just so long. Having kids, too, it’s not like you can stay up all night and do it…
So, how do you juggle being a mum with your work projects?
It’s really hard. I’m not going to lie. Finding that balance between work and family is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, by far. But I work a lot at the house. It’s not easy, but I love it. I’m living my dream.
You became a mum at 36. How much did that change things for you?
I can’t imagine things any other way. I feel blessed with what I have with these two guys, they’re amazing. And I’m lucky to have such a great husband.
What inspires your music?
The new song, Settle Down, is actually about when you’re in trouble and trying to hide it inside, but you’re not fine. The entire time you’re married, you’re not always happy and in love. I just tried to pick up on what was happening there and then to write the songs.
How did you cope with the split rumors about you and Gavin that came out earlier this year?
It doesn’t matter. They’re just rumors and it doesn’t affect things. What I try really hard to do is to realise that what is real are the people around me who I love and who love me, and everything outside of that is just fantasy land.
Is it hard dealing with the paparazzi?
People moan [about it] but of course the attention is wonderful. If it got taken away I’d be like: “Oh my God, suddenly people don’t care, what am I going to do?” You get used to it — if I leave the house I just put lipstick on.”
Ah, your lipstick! You’re famous for it. Has it always been a part of your style?
One Christmas, my grandma bought me a bunch of different lipstick colours and I tried them all on. I remember thinking: “That red looks good! I’m gonna wear that!” And I never stopped. I like the vintage Hollywood look — I’ve work a billion versions of red, and I wear pink a lot. I love make-up and I love talking about it!
You’re also big on fashion. Do you prefer music or designing clothes?
I love them both — I love the whole process of being creative. Designing is the same as writing music, you have nothing and then at the end of the process you have something. For me, fashion is less emotional than creating music so it’s not such a big drain. I guess music is the most rewarding because it’s so hard to write songs. It’s difficult to believe it’s going to happen and then, once it does, it’s addictive.
What’s your secret to success?
I just have to have a vibe about what I like and a strong opinion about what is me. I stick to what I know.
You looks have been copied by many stars. How do you describe your style?
I’ve always loved getting dressed up my whole life. If I wasn’t famous or had any success, I would still wake up and put tons of make-up on, and dress in a cool outfit. But it was at high school [where] I really discovered music and my own style. My mum would take me to a fabric shop and we’d make clothes. Lots of glue guns, lots of Velcro and things I found in thrift shops.
What are your fashion tips?
I think everyone can do animal print and red lipstick. You just have to be bright. Clothes are an extension of your personality and your mood.
How does it feel to be such an inspiration to so many women?
It’s crazy. When I hear it I feel guilty because I never saw myself as that person. I just happened to get lucky.
And who inspires you?
I always loved the whole starlet thing. Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow — anyone who had blonde hair! And Madonna, she can do anything. I love old movies, I love glamour. And musicals — Julie Andrew was really magic to me.
Finally, we have to ask about your incredible abs. What’s the secret?
Ha, there is no secret! You just have to eat healthy, work out, and torture yourself!