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."