Gwen Stefani on Blake Shelton Romance: 'Never Would I Ever Have Seen This Coming'

Gwen Stefani photographed in 2016.
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Gwen Stefani photographed in 2016.

Gwen Stefani's new album This Is What the Truth Feels Like isn't just the No Doubt singer's third solo studio album, but it brought her back from the dead. Or so she describes it. 

The new album, which comes out next week on Interscope, was born from her divorce with her 13-year marriage to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and the turns her life took following. Though Stefani won't discuss the details of what broke the couple up, tabloids are reporting Rossdale carried on a several-years-long affair with a nanny caring for the couple’s three sons. 

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"If I could, I would just tell you everything, and you would just be in shock. It’s a really good, juicy story," she told The New York Times in a new interview. 

From there, it was all bout rebounding for the pop star. "I'm gonna die. I am dead, actually. How do I save myself? What am I going to do? How do I not go down like this?" she said, remembering her feelings at the time. She turned to music, forming the new 12 track LP with songs about infidelity, sadness and romance -- thanks to her new relationship with her Voice co-star Blake Shelton

Stefani spoke about her connection with Shelton, who was divorced from Miranda Lambert last year. He "had been going through literally the exact same thing in literally the exact same time frame," she said. 

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Songwriter Justin Tranter, who worked on This Is What the Truth Feels Like, described a transformation in his collaborator around this time. He said told the New York Times, "We had anger, we had sadness, we had flirtation, we had sexy and now we're madly in love."

Stefani, herself, described the shift as "crazy," adding, "Never in my wildest, craziest dreams would I ever have seen this coming."

The article also reveals that Stefani had recorded an alternate album of more straight forward pop songs, essentially buying a collection of songs rather than creating them herself. "I started to think, well, I’ll just curate a record, and I’ll do it like every other pop girl does," she said. 

But ultimately, she didn't connect with the material and scrapped that set once the recording sessions for This Is What the Truth Feels Like began going well. She said, "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."

Read the full interview here and listen to her new song "Misery" below.


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