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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artists Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani perform onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Just a girl

Gwen Stefani says the “torture” of her divorce led her to pray, write, and create art

By WITW Staff on July 7, 2016

Gwen Stefani has been in the public eye for more than 20 years, and at the age of 46, says she has “nothing to hide” from the world anymore. In a candid new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Stefani describes the past 18 months of her life in great (and sometimes excruciating) detail, including the breakup of her marriage with Gavin Rossdale. In 2015, Stefani discovered his alleged infidelity with the family nanny. Stefani described the next six to eight months as “torture,” as her marriage fell apart and she tried to keep her public image intact by continuing work on The Voice. She prayed for help, she said.

“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 said.

Though she had dreamed having a long marriage and children for her life, she used the pain of losing that dream to create her next album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which landed Stefani her first number one solo hit single. And on the set of The Voice, she found a sympathetic ear in Blake Shelton, who was also going through a divorce. The two are now dating.

“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?

Read the full interview at Harper’s Bazaar.


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