Fans of both No Doubt and Bush may see the musical collaboration of the bands’ singers, Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale, as the ultimate collaboration but according to Gwen, parenting is where it’s at.
The couple, who recently did collaborate onstage to sing Bush’s song “Glycerine”, just celebrated their 10-year anniversary this past September and although no good relationship comes easy, it definitely comes with “rewards”, or so says Gwen.
The singer, who appears on Vogue’s January issue cover says, “It’s pride. You feel proud. There are just so many rewards that come with it. But actually, it’s fun to get to this point, because you learn so much about somebody. It’s like these wars that go on and then you kind of get through to the other side, and it’s like, ‘Wow.’”
Regarding what it’s like to add children to that formula (the couple have two sons, Kingston James McGregor, 6, and Zuma Nesta Rock, 4) she adds, “Having kids takes the whole relationship to another place. It is the ultimate collaboration. Both of us have such strong opinions about how it should be, and it’s really fun to do it together.”
Gwen goes on to explain how she and Gavin work around their touring schedules and how she’s happiest when the family is all together. She explains, “One thing we’ve had in our relationship the whole time is that we can have it both ways: together, not together, and it’s fine. But when you have kids? It’s not so great. They need him.”
She adds that Gavin of course is there for her and the kids mentally while gone, but not physically. She says with a laugh, “These boys are physical. They wake up and they start punching each other!”
“Once you have a family, it’s just so obvious how everyone needs each other. So it’s really nice to have him back,” she says.
All in all, Gwen says she recognizes that she and her fam have a pretty swell life. She admits, “[Our house is] an all-white box, super modern, 30 foot ceilings, marble floors. It’s just so nice,” adding, “I never thought I’d live in a house like this. Every day I’m like, ‘Really? Are you serious? Thank you, God. This is too good.’”
To be a megastar with her stature and still be able to step back and count your blessings…that’s awesome. Once you stop doing that, you don’t deserve any of it.