‘The New York Times’ on Gwen: “She’s Made a Grown-Up Pop Album” (Updated)


Photo courtesy of Emily Berl for The New York Times
Photo courtesy of Emily Berl for The New York Times

The New York Times have shared additional excerpts from their interview with Gwen about she handled keeping her separation under wraps from everyone and her new album.

Gwen says that keeping everything under wraps, including her children, “I didn’t know what to do. It was this huge secret, because I was like, wow, my kids. What’s going to happen to them if they find this out? What’s going to happen if NBC finds this out? This is crazy, this is not who I am, this is not my life. And so there was like six months of hell.” She shares that she stayed at home and prayed and leaned on close girlfriend and creative director Sophie Muller.

She now looks back at the situation and feels like everything happened for a reason and greater purpose. “In some ways I almost feel like it happened for a reason, for me to write the music, and that is my purpose. And I think that along the journey of being me, believe it or not, you get insecure and you lose your confidence and you compete with yourself.” Gwen also felt she had been in healing for a long time and says when she wrote the bridge to “Baby Don’t Lie” shortly before, she felt like she subconsciously knew what was going to happen.

Gwen says she’s quite protective of her new album and admits she’s not worried about what others think since she wrote the album for herself. “I did it because I feel like it was my responsibility, like that is what I was called to do, spiritually, and I’m so grateful for it. But if I put it out there, and someone’s going to analyze it, criticize it, whatever they’re going to do, which they will, it’s almost like I feel defensive like, what are you going to do? I’m just telling you what happened. That’s it. And how can you judge that? This is my life.”

You can also tune in and listen to NY TimesPopcast where they discuss Truth.


Photo courtesy of  Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times
Photo courtesy of Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times

The New York Times sat down with Gwen and shared a new fantastic interview and article (and photo!) which gives insight on her upcoming album and quotes from close friends and colleagues that have supported her while writing and recording.

The article says that the closest to Gwen during the last few months know the details of her split with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale but she doesn’t share anything further understandably for her children’s sake. She did go on to say, “If I could, I would just tell you everything, and you would just be in shock. It’s a really good, juicy story.” She went on about how important it was for her to stay active and had to get all of her emotions out in the pages of her diary. “I have to make music out of this. That’s what God wants for me”. Gwen fell back in love with songwriting and couldn’t wait to get back into the studio to make music of her own. She admits that things are still tough and raw for her saying, “I’m not going to say I’m not still picking up the pieces and every day isn’t a challenge. I’m still in shock. But it’s an awesome time.”

While writing the band’s followup to Push and Shove, No Doubt had teamed up with Greg Kurstin, Pharrell Williams and Sia. Writing came to a halt when Gwen became pregnant with youngest son Apollo which she credits for helping her “really find my faith again.” Shortly after giving birth, Gwen was offered a coaching position on The Voice which gave her an opportunity to try something new, something that she was longing for. “I needed so badly to do something different, and I needed so badly to be in a different role, a giving role.”

After being on The Voice, Gwen felt inclined to release a record on her own again and was teamed up with the best-of-the-best in pop music today. “I started to think, well, I’ll just curate a record, and I’ll do it like every other pop girl does.” Gwen quickly discovered that that route wasn’t right for her and didn’t feel connected to much if not all of the material written for her. She had met with Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder (behind “Baby Don’t Lie”) and the likes of Charli XCX and Miguel for her first attempt for a new album. “Every song that people would write for me felt like me 12 years ago, me 10 years ago. And lyrically they could never touch my heart, ever.” The article confirms that Gwen did have a full album worth of material ready to release but shelved it for the sake of wanting to write for herself.

The article gives us a little bit of insight on This Is What the Truth Feels Like calling it a “grown-up pop album” and comes across as “direct and less whimsical than her previous two pop records.” NY Times describes tracks “Red Flag” and “Naughty” as “fiery songs about secrets and infidelity” and says that there are no “oddball” songs like “Hollaback Girl” on the album. They call it “confessional and sleek” and shares that over half of the album “are about discovering the spark of a new love” and not as dancey as most pop records out today. The articles says that this new record has the same retro-feel as her past albums and not as cookie-cutter pop which is heard on the radio currently (which is what we’re looking forward to.)

Gwen shares that she’s still finding this phase in her life surreal and says it’s “so fresh” writing and performing from a happy place. She refers to new beau Blake Shelton as a “co-worker” during the interview and says that both her and him went through the same thing at the same time last year which bonded them closer than ever.

For more on the interview with Gwen, head on over to NYTimes.com.

7 Replies to “‘The New York Times’ on Gwen: “She’s Made a Grown-Up Pop Album” (Updated)”

  1. Really good article. I’m sure Miranda fans won’t appreciate her saying Blake went through the exact same thing at the exact same time. LOL

    I would still like to punch her record company in the gut for telling her the songs she wrote last year were too personal. THAT’S what her fans love about her!! I hope the ones that didn’t make the record will see the light of day.

    But really…this just goes to show how much can change in ONE year. It’s insane!

  2. She is so humble and just real. I hope she enjoys every second of this era! Talk about women’s empowerment, she turned a crushing blow into positive growth. We love you Gwen!

  3. Great article!! The Times is such a reputable publication, I’m excited she’s getting coverage!

    Nottttt thrilled that they said over half the album is about “finding new love” aka Blake, but if that’s the reality of her life right now, I’m happy we’re at least getting honest material.

  4. “If I could, I would just tell you everything, and you would just be in shock. It’s a really good, juicy story.” – that made me laugh and be happy that she’s moved on and it’s in a happy place now.

    1. It’s amazing how well she has handled all of this even though I’m sure it took awhile to get to this place. She has a lot of strength!

  5. Honestly, I doubt Gavin thought she’s bounce back this quick. He probably never thought she have the courage to end their marriage.

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