We all now know that Gwen Stefani has had a hell of a year navigating through her very public divorce from Gavin Rossdale due to his infidelity and then rebounding into a new love affair with Blake Shelton. In a new interview, she is talking about her new album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, her divorce, and the gay friends that helped her through the tough times.
Gwen was very candid in speaking about her divorce and how that trajectory inspired her to approach her new album.
“My whole life all I wanted to do was be a mother and a wife, and I had the dream of having this family because that’s what I had. I have parents who’ve been married since high school, who are in love, and they’re still in love and having their big wedding anniversary. I had a perfect example, so it’s super tragic for me. My dreams are shattered and I feel so embarrassed about what happened. I don’t feel embarrassed to talk about it though, with respect to my kids. I just think what happened was: In February (2015), my family fell apart. It was devastating. I didn’t know what to do. It was a real big secret… I tried everything to fix it. By June (2015), I went into the studio and started writing. I was praying.”
She specifically called out her gay friends who picked her up from her despair when she most needed it.
“Most of my gay friends are talented, close people who work with me: my hairdresser, my makeup artist. Those are probably my two closest gay friends, and what I love about them is how unique they are and how spirited they are and how talented they are. I think ‘passionate’ would be a really good way to describe them. They’re not representing all gay men, but they represent the ones in my life who’ve had a huge impact on me. I turned to them this whole time period, during my whole tragedy, and they have been really, really super supportive and loyal and made me look pretty when I didn’t feel pretty.”
She was also asked how she would feel about having a gay child, considering she encourages her sons to explore their feminine sides through nail polish and alternative clothing choices.
Gwen responded with: “I would be blessed with a gay son. You know that I would feel blessed about that. I just want my boys to be happy and healthy, and I just ask God to guide me every day to be a good mother because it is not an easy job.”
“And it doesn’t really matter if you’re gay, straight, whatever. There are good and bad people, and I would be happy,” she continues. “I just want my kids to be happy, and whatever journey God gives them is their journey. I just need to be there to be the most supportive mom that I can be and that’s what I’m gonna be. I always ask my gay friends, ‘OK, so what was it like when you were a little boy?’ Because I do know that it’s gotta be difficult to be the alternative, to not be the mainstream, or to be different, if you want to call it that.”