Thanks so much to the London Snog for sharing, they took the first photo of Gwen’s article in Elle UK magazine! It looks amazing! We will transcribe the full article once it becomes available. You can view a larger version here in our gallery.
In the article she mentions one of the biggest sacrifices is having the idea of her children losing their privacy due to the constant media attention.
Shirley asked Gwen if she ever gets tired of being famous, and she answered she just misses doing things on her own and going to small places like discount stores.
Gwen says that the 2009 tour with No Doubt has been her favorite experience on the road and it was so surreal for her. Singing songs about her past and having her children onstage was amazing for Gwen.
We hope to have the full article up soon!
We went ahead and transcribed the excerpt from the photo above. Some parts are missing towards the end cause we couldn’t read or make them out. If you are going to use on your websites, please provide credit to us!
I’d like to have no rules and eat what I want, but I’ve learned over the years that I’m so disappointed when I can’t wear the clothes I want to wear. And id I let myself, appear on stage when I’m not looking my best, it’s not fun for me. I just beat myself up about it.
SM: Do you ever get tired of being famous?
GS: I miss going to places like discount stores. I could spend three hours looking in the lingerie department!
SM: What’s the biggest sacrifice?
GS: The biggest sacrifice is the kids, their privacy, a responsibility for them and not knowing if this is going to ruin their lives. They’re so exposed, they don’t have a choice… that scares me a lot. But I think it’s going to be fine. My children are very loved. Hopefully they’re going to grow up and not be crazy because of it. I just don’t think there are that many sacrifices — I really don’t want it all to go away.
SM: What is it that makes you want to keep going?
GS: I’m just greedy! Sometimes I don’t wan to do something, I am exhausted all the time, every day. Like yesterday, I worked out, had a shoot all day long, didn’t get to se Kingston, had Zuma with me at the shoot, came back, saw Kingston for 10 minutes, had a freak out because I had to visie the new school he’s going to, came back, talked to Gavin, fell asleep, got up… Not even five minutes between.
SM: So what’s the burning need to do it?
GS: I don’t want it to end. Last summer’s tour with No Doubt was the best one I’d ever done. I hadn’t planned on doing a tour; I’d had Zuma. I felt so gross — I got so big and felt so out of touch and not cool. I was trying to write this cool record and nothing came out. I felt so bad because you’ve got this whole band waiting, but I couldn’t write. So we said ‘Let’s go on tour.’ We had no new single, we hadn’t been on stage together for, like, five years and every night I’d get teary-eyed because of those old songs. I’m up on stage and singing songs about relationships I’ve had and I’m looking over and my kids are watching me. It’s very surreal. I’ve been with Gavin for 14-years, and let’s face it, that is a huge accomplishment. I feel so proud of that — it hasn’t been the easiest journey.
SM: So why design if you feel that way about your music? Is there something designing does that music doesn’t?
GS: I’ve always done clothes. My mom and me did all [my] clothes.
SM: So did your mom teach you to sew?
GS: I learned the basics at school, but my mom made me go to the fabric store every holiday, look at the books, choose what were going to do. She let me be really involved. In hight school, I never wanted to dress just from the mall. I was into thrift stores, vintage… My room at home was full of pins and sewing machines.
SM: I’ve got an early photo of us with your bright neon trousers… I was like ‘I like your pants,’ and you said, ‘Yeah, I made them.’
GS: For our first tour I made a few dresses that looked like something from Disney, like Snow White, and a cheerleader outfit. It was really ghetto with Velcro on the back.
SM: Like your look in “Hollaback Girl”, right?
GS: Yeah, we met this manager who had a friend that made… She started making me stuff because I was on tour and couldn’t…