Gwen Stefani is on the cover of August’s Harper’s Bazaar and I gotta say, I love these photos SAVE the actual cover (which looks more Redbook than Harpers).
I like Gwen Stefani, but I feel like she’s always been a little conformist, despite being fashion forward. Like, she’s VERY into being skinny and pretty, and having a husband and lots of babies (clearly). Still, she knows how to be vulnerable and creative, and that’s something. Here are some highlights of the interview:
On how she began: “I’ve had such a weird extreme life line,” she starts off, poking at a cookie. “Amazing parents, they’re having their 50th wedding anniversary. I’m the second kid. My older brother, Eric, was the creative one; he was my best friend. We started a band together [No Doubt, which he and Stefani formed in 1986, when she was still in high school]. We never meant to make it. Like, we just wanted to play shows, you know? And then I fall in love with this 16-year-old guy,Tony [Kanal],who ends up being our bass player, and we do everything together—and then he breaks up with me.”
On the birth of her son, Apollo:“Yep, it was a surprise,” she says, “but it was also the beginning of a waking up, like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s beyond this world.’ He was kind of another beginning. And literally as soon as he was born,they called me about The Voice.”
On when the media caught wind of her divorce:“It was the beginning of hell. Like six, seven, eight months of torture, trying to figure out this big secret.”
On how she coped with her divorce:“what happened was praying,” she says. “That’s my childhood, that’s how I was raised. And I think I strayed from that. But you know when it gets that bad, you just get desperate? You’re on your knees. You’re like, ‘What do I do?’ You can’t even go to your parents and ask them what to do.” She focused on her boys, who she now, painfully, sees only part-time due to her custody arrangement with Rossdale.”It was so insane because not only did my family break up, but then my kids are taken away like half the time, so that was really like, ‘What?! What did I do?’
On where she is now:“I’m at a certain time in my life where I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. Every day is art, you know? Some days are really bad, and some days are so good.” And as for Stefani and Shelton, the king and queen of the prom,”it’s crazy the support and love I’ve felt. Life is such a weird…”She lets out a little laugh. “I mean, I can’t believe I’m number one on a country chart.
(Via Harper’s Bazaar)
That IS kind of bonkers that she’s #1 on a Country Chart, right? Anyhow, I hope she’s happy living this new chapter in her obviously interesting life!
Photos: Harper’s Bazaar