Gavin Rossdale Learned Gwen Stefani Was Pregnant Over Email

09/10/2014 at 12:15 PM ET

Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani Bryan Bedder/Getty

Now that’s modern parenting.

Gavin Rossdale learned wife Gwen Stefani was pregnant with their third child, now 6-month-old Apollo Bowie Flynn, via email, the rocker revealed to Howard Stern on Tuesday.

“The title was in capitals, ‘LOOK WHAT YOU DID TO ME NOW.’ I was like, ‘What is this?'” he jokes. “My blood pressure went through the roof, and I opened the email and it was [a picture of] the pregnancy stick.”

At the time, the Bush frontman was on tour — a bittersweet sacrifice for Rossdale, also dad to Zuma Nesta Rock, 6, and Kingston James McGregor, 8, with Stefani.

“The hardest thing about traveling now is the pain of missing my kids,” Rossdale tells the shock jock, adding that Apollo was conceived on Father’s Day 2013 — one of the few days he was home.

“Last year, I did 210 shows, so I figured, quite simply, as a dad, that’s 210 times I didn’t put them to sleep.”

Though he misses his family while out on the road, Rossdale, 48, says he hopes that as musicians, he and the L.A.M.B. designer and No Doubt frontwoman, 44, instill a strong work ethic in their sons.

“I like to set the example for them. I say, ‘You like this house?'” he explains. “You don’t get this house, you don’t get that pool, if we don’t get out and work.”

Bush’s new album, Man on the Run, is out Oct. 21, while Stefani joins The Voice as a coach this year, with Rossdale acting as mentor for her team. The seventh season premieres Sept. 22 on NBC.

— Michele Corriston

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Ann on

Wow, three sweet babies, now growing up to be three young men.

Love the pic! Gavin and Gwen are very nice people. Make a stunning couple and are nice to everyone to boot! 🙂 Congrats!

guest on

Well, that’s one way of telling your husband that you are about to bring another life into this world…… celebrities are of a different breed. I guess that when you are well into your 40’s, have tons of money, and travel constantly (really? Bush still tours?) that it just ain’t no big thang.

Stella on

@Gues! Good grief! Maybe Gwen just thought it was a fun way to surprise him! Good for them.

charlotte on

@guest, you need to lighten up considerably! it was a very clever and playful way to share the news with her husband.

i love this family. great picture of gavin with the baby too 🙂

Noneya on

How funny! Love these two – would be really jealous if Gwen wasn’t totally awesome too!!

LD on

I sent my husband a text to tell him I was pregnant. It’s really noone’s business how one announces their pregnancy. Who are we to judge?

Guest on

I love these two. Good example of a good, solid couple in Hollyweird

lola on

Beautiful famiily! Awe….Gwen and her men. Mama is the QUEEN!! What a fun way to tell the hubby.

Kimber on

@guest..lighten up! It isn’t JUST “celebrities” that do things like that. Personally I find it hilarious and would love to have seen his face.

Tina on

Yeah it’s a modern day technologies to announce the news!

icky on

Nothing wrong with that. It’s much better than using a jar of spaghetti sauce to announce the news.

LD on

@icky…on of my fb friends recently did that! I actually thought it was cute but I’m assuming that was her announcement for fb not for her husband. If it was…if she likes it, I love it. Whatevers.

eastwest on

He is absolutely hot! But after two children, how was this pregnancy a surprise? Don’they know how children are made?

Anonymous on

They know how children are made! What a ridiculous question! Even after two children, parents still get excited and surprised when they hear the find out the news. Heck, even after four children, as we never know exactly when we will get pregnant!

Sherincharlotte on

I have actually met Gwen and I have to say in all honesty she is not one but the most gracious, humble and decent person in Hollywood. She is a great mother. She treats all her “entourage” with kindness and respect. She is genuinely thankful for their help and knows they are part of her success. She is not demanding or consider herself above anyone else. Absolutely like your best girlfriend or neighbor. Love her!!

gb on

eastwest…you bet your butt that at 44 it’s a huge surprise!

Cranberry on

Work. LOL.

Anonymous on

gb- Exactly! From what Gwen has said, it’s pretty clear that they didn’t think another baby was in the cards for them given her age.