Chemistry is a tricky thing, especially when it comes to couples making music. Just ask Gwen Stefani. In an interview airing Wednesday night (May 18) on Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix series, Stefani explains how she and Blake Shelton ended up singing a duet on “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” on Shelton’s upcoming album If I’m Honest, due May 20.
“The story is that he had written this song and sent it to me on my phone,” Stefani said, according to People magazine. “He’s like I wrote this song and I was like ‘Whoa what if I don’t like it, huge turn off!’ I listened to it and thought ‘Oh my god I love this.'”
She said Shelton, seemingly relieved, had a simple request for her once she approved: “Write the rest of it.” The offer to co-write the song came at a time when Stefani said she was feeling particularly low about her break-up with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale and was questioning her songwriting chops.
“There was a time when I was really insecure about writing,” said Stefani, who started dating Shelton last fall. “There was such a drought of time when I was so insecure… I think when you have a really long year you start to compete with your own self and get insecure about I did that but how did I do that?”
The couple will both appear on Sunday night’s 2016 Billboard Music Awards to perform the duet.
Stefani and Handler clearly had a great time as well on the episode, which will stream at 12:01 a.m. tonight.