Gwen Stefani — pop star, fashion icon, coach-turned-high-profile adviser on NBC's The Voice — is usually a grateful woman. "I've had a great number of blessings," she says.
"But then, there's this unlucky-in-love situation that's, like, a layout."
Stefani, 46, is really a bit mystified by it: "My parents are already together since high school graduation, as have my cousin and sister-in-law," she highlights. "But I understand that everyone has negative and positive things happen."
Indeed, recently alone provided the singer/songwriter with a significant mixed bag. After she divorced Gavin Rossdale, her husband since 2002 plus the father of her three sons, luck shone on Stefani such as fellow Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton. The two began dating last fall, after Shelton and his awesome wife, Miranda Lambert, break up as well.
That selection of experience is reflected on This Is What the Truth Feels Like, the No Doubt frontwoman's first solo album in a very decade, out Friday.
"It's in truth the first time I've written a list about being happy," Stefani says, though she adds the songs — several crafted as recently as January — are also informed by "the tragedy," as she identifies her breakup with Rossdale. "I are not aware of what else to it is known as. The horrible thing that happened."
It was a student in February 2015, Stefani recalls, "that I found out playing was about to change forever. Instead of attempting to die, I told myself, I’m not about to go down. I’m gonna turn this into music."
She began writing sessions in June, and "then started at The Voice in July. And everyone knows what actually transpired after that. ... It was like, whoa — I didn’t identify that coming! All of a sudden, I got saved."
Stefani won't, at this juncture, elaborate to be with her relationship with Shelton. "I've already said a lot about it," she says, sounding a tad sheepish. Advising her beau on Voice "did intimidate me a touch — to sit down with someone such as the king of country and also have country artists trying to put my two cents in. And with the added layer that we're in a very different place together. But it was actually super-fun."
Stefani, whose last album with No Doubt, 2012's Push And Shove, sold 259,000 copies, as outlined by Nielsen Music, shared with her co-writers on Truth "that I don't love hits." She's hopeful for fans to know the songs live, but "I have three kids, so it will be never planning to be like it had been before, a true tour. I don't observe how I can make it happen, with these at school."
During summer vacation, perhaps? "I'd feel unhealthy about that. 'So now you’re planning to give up your entire summer so you're able to sit on a bus while I sing songs?' "
More soberly, Stefani says, "I see the kids half the time now," due to her custody arrangement with Rossdale. "That, in my opinion, is devastating. At the same time, I've been capable of recover how I have. ... I know that things are gonna keep unfolding and evolving, and I have faith that everything’s likely to get better and."
In now's Music Minute: Justin Bieber and Rihanna launch world tours and Ariana Grande premieres her new single, Dangerous Woman.
Justin Bieber and Rihanna on tour
Two of pop's biggest stars take presctiption the road at this time, with Justin Bieber and Rihanna launching their respective Purpose and Anti world tours over the weekend. Bad boy Bieber started his first night in Seattle which has a well-rounded show featured the singer playing the drums and revealing those dancing skills no doubt you like.
After a two-week delay, Rihanna a smooth commence to her Anti tour in Jacksonville, Florida. The Work singer dazzled the listeners with theatrics including flying through the arena on the bridge, acrobatic dancers and – naturally – numerous very interesting outfits. RiRi can certainly make her method to the UK in June, while Bieber will arrive in October – so there's still time for you to get tickets.
New Gwen Stefani album
So what's on the agenda this week? It has taken ten lengthy years but Gwen Stefani is finally releasing her third solo album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, this Friday. The album features the singles Used To Love You, Make Me Like You and also a collaboration with Fetty Wap called Asking 4 It. Could this be Gwen's first solo number 1 album? We'll show you next week.
Single in the week
And finally, if you wish to update your playlist then you certainly might like Ariana Grande's new single Dangerous Woman, a sultry number lifted off her forthcoming album from the same name.
Charlie Puth has apologised after slamming Justin Bieber inside a foul-mouthed outburst during his concert in Dallas, Texas, on Friday.
Following a rendition of his track We Don't Talk Anymore, which features Justin's ex Selena Gomez on vocals, Charlie shouted, "F**k you, Justin Bieber," into a shocked audience.
Now, the See You Again hitmaker has experimented with make amends by posting a prolonged apology message on Twitter.com. However, he later deleted the tweets.
"I am a huge @JustinBieber fan and I do not have anything but excellent achievements to say about him with his fantastic music always,” See you again singer reportedly wrote in the series of messages on Saturday. "Please believe it is in your heart to forgive me and realize that this is from the real place. I am not an average person.
"I am very sorry if I offended anyone, and mostly to Justin. His jobs are inspiring. I would never intentionally or publicly bash him. I was bullied where such things as this were told me on a regular basis, essentially all of my well being until the end of senior high school."
HollywoodLife.com also report that Charlie wrote a lengthier apology he posted down the line the social networking site, which read: "Hi everyone. I wanted to pay off something up. I tweeted this early this morning, but I thought it could be much more effective if I wrote this a single cohesive note rather than a group of tweets.
"What I said in the concert about Love Yourself singer last week was supposed to be lighthearted, and sounded so in my mind in the time, essential hearing it now it sounded mean and uncalled for, that this was.
"My goal in everyday life as a person so when an artists is always to never exchange hateful vernacular between other artists, or anyone for example. The thematic and lyrical element that is in the song I wrote entitled ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ hits not far from home in my opinion and I let my emotions receive the best of me yesterday evening mid song.
"I hope his fans can accept my apology and be aware that people make mistakes and that I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t make any. I deeply apologize for my words."
Both apologies have recently been deleted, with no mention of the outburst is featured on his Twitter feed. Charlie, who performed See You Again in the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday with Wiz Khalifa, later thanked his fans after he won the Favourite Collaboration honour to the song.
"WOW! Thank you Kid's Choice. What an honor! Thank you," he wrote. "It's crazy that I spent my youth watching The Kids Choice Awards eating pizza on my small couch now I just played into it with Wiz."