Gwen Stefani lands the January cover of Vogue Magazine, and while I like it, I don’t think it really is Vogue-worthy. I don’t know, it just is a bit…. weird, no? The pictures are by Annie Leibovitz, and I typically love her covers. I dunno……. Gwen spreading her legs on the cover of Vogue? Hmm. Anyway, here are some tidbits from the article. Gwen talks about No Doubt, her husband Gavin and her two boys. I’m not terribly interested in buying No Doubt’s new album, I haven’t liked what I’ve heard so far. Do any of you have it – and like it?
On ‘having it all’ worries: “Getting to the studio and not being able to make it happen, but missing out on being at home, missing out on putting the kids down. What’s more important? I felt so guilty. I am letting everyone down in the studio right now; I’m letting down my kids; I’m letting down myself. Because time was so precious. So I didn’t know what the album’s tone would end up being in that kind of state, but it’s really upbeat considering.”
Being with Gavin for 16 years: “It’s pride. You feel proud. There are just so many rewards that come with it. You have to work at it. But, actually, it’s fun to get to this point. Because you learn so much about somebody. It’s like these wars that go on and then you kind of get through it to the other side, and it’s like, Wow. And obviously, you get stronger. And then having kids takes the whole relationship to another place. It is the ultimate collaboration. Both of us have such strong opinions about how it should be, and it’s really fun to do it together.”
Gavin is more of genuine artist: “He’s the busiest person I know, always songwriting,” she says. Stefani is a tortured writer, always procrastinating. “Gavin says, ‘Oh, you’re doing your thing that you do,’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t have a thing. It’s just hard: writing it, recording it, finishing it. I am not like Prince, where it just flows out and God comes through me.’ I never write unless I have to. Gavin does. All the time. He’s more of a genuine artist in that way.”
On motherhood: “It’s superfun being a mom, but it’s not what you think it’s going to be. And it’s really gradual. At first, your life is totally the same. You have this cute little thing that you get to drive around everywhere and you’re so proud and it’s amazing. And as they grow older, it really does start to change your life. Like, Oh, my God, they have school, they have to get through first grade, they have to learn to read.”
I think it’s great that Gwen and Gavin have managed to stay together for 16 years. That really is saying something. I often wonder if their 16 years have been adultery-free. Gavin is rumored to have a wandering eye. Whatever, they’re still together, and have two adorable boys. I think I can relate with her on the motherhood thing. Everything’s all fun and games until they get older, and you realize how important what you’re doing really is. All of a sudden they’re turning into little men right before your eyes!