Gwen Stefani: “My Kids Are So Much Work”

Gwen Stefani and the boys hit the Beach

There’s No Doubt raising two children can be exhausting!

And while promoting her new album Push and Shove with her bandmates, Gwen Stefani admitted to New York Magazine’s Vulture that returning to No Doubt after an 11-year hiatus is a “nice break” from being mom.

Since their last album, Rock Steady, in 2001, all the members of No Doubt – Tony Kanal, Adrian Young, Tom Dumont and Gwen – have become parents. Gwen, 42, married rocker Gavin Rossdale in September 2002 and welcomed son Kingston on May 26, 2006 and son Zuma on August 21, 2008.  The mom-of-two also released two solo albums: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004 and The Sweet Escape in 2006.

“I don’t think [parenthood has] mellowed us out, but priorities have to change,” Gwen told the mag. “Before, it was unspoken that the band was the No. 1 thing; there was not a girlfriend or someone else that could be before the band. It wasn’t even something we discussed, it just was what it was. But we’re at a stage where we don’t have to be like that anymore; we can kind of do this when we want to do it.”

“Like today, for instance, I told them, ‘I cannot do twelve-hour days anymore, stop it!’ ” she said. “I just missed Kingston and Zuma going to sleep. But I get to talk to you, and it’s actually a nice break — my kids are so much work,” she said, laughing. “No Spider-Man for me tonight, but that’s okay. I’ll take a break.”

And they didn’t intend to take such a long break from making albums together.

“We were just burned out; we had toured so, so much, and it takes so much of yourself,” Gwen explained. “I got married and decided I wanted to do a dance record, and I didn’t ever expect for it to be what it was or for the No Doubt thing to be such a long break, but it was one of those things where you just had to sort of follow your inspiration.”

She added: “And then as soon as I was done with that last [solo] tour, I was done. I was like, Okay, I’m ready; I’m so ready for the No Doubt record. And then I got pregnant with Zuma [her youngest son], and it was really challenging to be pregnant and come off all the stuff I had done, and try to write. And that’s why things got really delayed; it was like, impossible,” she said. “I just couldn’t do it; I had nothing left to give. And when I finally had [Zuma], we said, “Let’s just go on tour and try to get inspired.” And when we came off tour we wrote our first song.”

No Doubt’s sixth studio album, Push and Shove, will be released September 25.

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  1. Belle

    Her kids are so much work – Doesn’t she always have nannies around helping out?

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    • Amy

      I was thinking the same thing! When you compare her to other celebs, she is probably the least hands-on — nannies are present 24/7 to deal with the tough stuff. Granted the vast majority of celebs also have nannies, but they spend time with their kids one-on-one….

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  2. mom of 2

    my kids are so much work
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    Yeah, so much work for the nannies, not Gwen!! Sure, she’s pictured with them a lot, but the nannies do all the heavy lifting and she’s never seen alone with her children. There’s no crime in using nannies, but be truthful Gwen, you are not the typical mom with 2 kids….

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