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Gwen Stefani: Why I Needed to Hit the Road to Relax

06/24/2011 at 09:00 AM ET
Courtesy Stylist

It didn’t take much to convince Gwen Stefani to head out on tour again with No Doubt in 2009.

Despite recently having come off her solo tour and welcoming her second son — Zuma Nesta Rock, now 2½ — with husband Gavin Rossdale, Stefani was ready to reconnect with her fans.

“I came off [my solo] tour, got pregnant that month with Zuma, and then we started writing as a band and nothing was happening,” the songstress, 41, tells Stylist.

“It was all just too much output — even kids were coming out of me! Harajuku girls and clothing lines, how could I give any more?”

However, Stefani wasn’t the only one to realize that she needed a break.

“I totally get blocks. Every time, Gavin always laughs when I’m crying, he says, ‘That’s what you do every time, it’s part of your process,'” she laughs. “And then you realize it’s happening around the same time every month. That’s when we decided to just go on tour, to feel like a modern band again.”

Never stopping to think whether they still had a faithful fan following, Stefani reveals the group hit the stage without any worries — and it wasn’t long before they began to see the benefits.

“Within a month and a half we were playing for 20,000 people at night. It was our first time on stage together in five years,” she recalls. “It was so rewarding to watch your children on the side of the stage singing No Doubt songs that were so personal. I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ I was teary-eyed every night.”

And as she continues with her career while nurturing her family — including son Kingston James McGregor, 5 — Stefani has only one rule: to live life to the fullest.

“Why have regrets? Everything that’s going to happen to you is going to happen,” she muses. “Even with my family, I don’t want to look back and say, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t sleep with Zuma that time because I was too tired,’ so I’ll just snuggle up with him tonight. It’s probably why I work as hard as I do — I don’t want to look back and see the things I didn’t do.”

– Anya Leon

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RachelfromBoston on

I love this woman! <3

ruby on

oh boo hoo. you’re overworked. seek solace in your seven figure bank account balances.

Kim on

Exactly Ruby, sorry I don’t have much sympathy!

Noneya on

Go back to bed haters! She works HARD for her money! LOVE this family!! You go Gwen!

blessedwithboys on

Gwen, I’ve been your fan since Tragic Kingdom! Just wanted to say thanks for giving me the soundtrack to my early 20’s and also for the co-sleeping plug! Natural mamas ROCK! :)

ruby on

Not a fan of No Doubt, Gwen’s solo stuff or her clothing lines, but she seems like such a wonderful, completely devoted mother, that I can’t help but like HER.

That is exactly what I tell myself when my children are making me crazy, or won’t go to sleep in their own room when I have a houseful of laundry/cleaning I need to do after they go to bed: one day they will be all grown up and won’t be there to say “Mommy I want to sleep with you” <3

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