Gwen Stefani apparently did not take the advice of her most-famous No Doubt hit when talking to Elle for their July women-in-music cover story (on stands June 15). Quite the opposite, in fact: The platinum-coiffed singer offered some curiously candid soundbites on dynamics within the band, her new life as a mother to two genetically-gifted sons with Gavin Rossdale, and may have also confirmed her two solo albums were totally phony. Check these out:
Gwen on motherhood (via Elle.com):
“It’s one thing when you have an infant, butwhen you have this two-or three-year-old going, ‘Mommy, what’s thedeal?’ it’s harder. Kingston’s whole thing is, ‘I need, I need.’ He isinsane right now. We’re just hoping for the best and that he’s notgoing to turn out to be a freak, but we’ll see.”
Gwen on the band (via the inquisitr.com):
“I always referred to No Doubt as a marriage, because that’s what it’s like to be together for so long and go through what we’ve been through. I can’t really have that relationship with them anymore. My priorities are always going to be my husband and my family now. That’s a huge, huge thing.”
Gwen on songwriting (via MTV.com):
“I just feel very in between at the moment. Like in my cocoon waiting to blossom…I’m so screwed.I might never be able to write another song…I want so badly towrite a record. I want to make every other songwriter jealous. But it’sjust not happening right now.”
Gwen on her solo work (via MTV.com):
“I just did the circuit. You write with all the same people ChristinaAguilera writes with. And the music’s very programmed anddone in this very patchwork way. But it was so fun. I felt like I wasplaying a character.”
While it’s understandable baby-mama-hood has changed her life entirely (though maybe not to the extent of robbing her of her songwriting abilities), it is fascinating to hear her put her solo career in context. To her credit, both albums — Love, Angel, Music, Baby and The Sweet Escape — spawned a plethora of radio hits, and the former, lest we forget, helped launch the phrase “Hollaback Girl” into this generation’s lexicon.
Regardless, the full interview is likely to drum up even more publicity for No Doubt’s reunion (currently underway), much more so than that blah Adam and Ants cover. One would think not being able to write songs would throw a kink in that new No Doubt album though, right?
What do you think, Mixers? Which Gwen do you prefer — solo Gwen, or No Doubt Gwen? Are you nervous, excited or indifferent about the long-in-the-works next ND record?
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