Check out scans from the September issue of Cosmopolitan magazine courtesy of Nicole. She was kind of enough to share and transcribe the article for everyone which you can check out here. In the mean time, you can see the full feature included in the US edition of the magazine below! The September issue of Cosmopolitan is set to hit newsstands next week!
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— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) August 4, 2016
Cosmopolitan sat down with Gwen in early May for the interview and had her opening up about her new relationship with Blake Shelton and how she’s kept it together over the last year.
When asked about The Voice (and Blake), Gwen said that she didn’t know much about the reality show and Blake until she got the offer to be on the show. She admits that she feels like NBC played heavily into rumors of her and Blake’s hushed relationship during season 9 “before anything was even real.” “I hardly knew him. But it was like it was in the air — happening before it happened.”
Gwen obviously is still keeping what exactly happened between her and Gavin that led to their separation but alludes to finding “out what everyone knows” in late February 2015. She says that “nobody would believe it if I could say what really happened” and shared that only her parents know and the people directly involved in the situation. “I went through months and months of torture.” (We want to hug you, G!) Gwen feared that she might have been let go from The Voice due to choosing to hold a big secret from everyone and not portraying her happy-bubbly self on-set that everyone was used to all the time.
She shares that she felt sorry for herself for some time but realized that this had to be a step in her long-time journey and found herself leaning on close friend Sophie Muller during that time. Gwen admits that she was embarrassed in front of her friend and and chose to turn her pain into art to help her pull through.
Gwen recalls writing her first song after the ordeal titled “You Don’t Know Me”, an unreleased song that she had written with Rick Nowels, calling it “a little spark of hope” that led to a source of inspiration that she had been yearning for for a long time. “It felt so good to get it out.” She also shares that writing “Used To Love You” was a huge turning point for her and the direction of the album. When asked if she knew how Gavin felt about the song, Gwen said that she didn’t know and didn’t talk to him about it.
Gwen then started writing about falling in love unexpectadly that she still can’t believe. She admits that both she and Blake had trust issues going into the relationship which was natural due to their recent situations. Gwen says that they decided to work together (on “Go Ahead and Break My Heart”) early on when Blake had approached her with a song and had asked her to contribute. Gwen tells a story that she had written her verse and attempted to send it to Blake whom didn’t have access to WIFI at the time and had to wait till he returned to Los Angeles to finish it together. “As soon as he came back to town, he brought his guitar over. We were like, ‘We wrote a song together! This is crazy!'”
See more photos and the full interview below courtesy of Cosmopolitan that features Gwen in gorgeous looks from Gucci to Libertine to a fabulous pair of L.A.M.B. sunglasses. Gwen was styled by fashion director Aya Kanai with hair and makeup handled by her glam squad Danilo and Gregory Arlt. She was photographed by James White for Cosmopolitan.
Check out photos from the Australian version of Cosmopolitan magazine which features a different photo of Gwen on the cover. Thanks to fan Adam Jordan for sending in to share with everyone!