Gwen Stefani has been topping the charts since No Doubt’s release of Tragic Kingdom back in 1995. Since then she has had a successful solo career and has launched two fashion labels as well as a fragrance line.
In 2002 she married former Bush front man Gavin Rossdale and the couple have since added two boys to their family: 3-year-old Kingston James McGregor and Zuma Nesta Rock who just celebrated his 1st birthday on August 21.
The 39-year-old iconic rock star recently sat down with Glamour magazine to discuss her style, the No Doubt reunion tour and life as a mother.
On her original style: “The whole Tragic Kingdom thing started with Disneyland, which I grew up near. I loved everything from Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music to Bob Marley to ska bands. A little bit English, a little bit rock.”
On her feelings about the reunion tour: “It’s very emotional. I feel like I’m going to wake up sometime soon from this weird journey.”
On how different her family life is from when she was growing up: “I grew up in a normal family. I have sweet parents, who are still married. They’re watching my child right now. But my life is so different from how I thought it would be. Yesterday was the craziest day ever—I managed to accomplish so many things. And at the end of the night, I was there with [Kingston] putting him to bed, reading all his books, getting his diaper on and putting him in his crib. Then I got [Zuma], nursed him, put him to sleep. Then I went to a Hollywood party! [Laughs.] It is extremely different from how my parents raised me.”
On what surprises her most about being a mother: “How hard it is. I’ve always worked really hard, and the hardest thing I’ve ever done is have kids!”
On how she feels about her children following in her footsteps: “Well, Kingston walked into a room the other day with a guitar, singing his song. I was thinking, Oh my God. [Laughs.] But whatever. Everything that we were passionate about, my parents supported it. But they always made it really clear that those kinds of things, those dreams, never come true. And then you have your backup plan. You go to school. That was the way I was taught—[making it big] doesn’t happen to people. And then it did.”
On husband Gavin as a father: “I always thought he’d be a good dad. [Laughs.] And he has basically lived up to that and beyond, beyond. He’s very, very passionate, and he’s very intense. He’s made to be a dad. I’m very lucky.”