It seems like the question of ‘women having it all’ is eternally floating around, and Gwen Stefani is one of many celeb moms to address the idea. She recently spoke out– quite candidly– about the limitations of making music and having a family at the same time. Honestly, it was so refreshing to hear a celebrity admit that it’s kind of impossible to do everything at one time! Hear what she had to say about motherhood, the return of No Doubt, and the unlikelihood of another Gwen Stefani solo album, inside.
Here’s an excerpt from Gwen‘s interview with The Daily Record:
Gwen Stefani had to juggle looking after her two children, her clothing line and her successful solo career – and making a new album with her band No Doubt.
But the 42-year-old singer was determined to record the new album. Even a bout of writing block didn’t deter the feisty Californian from achieving her goal, despite the tricky logistics of the band having eight children between them.
But Gwen, who has sons Kingston, six, and Zuma, four, with Scots musician husband Gavin Rossdale, admitted recording the new music took all the drive she could find.
She said: “We were only able to get together three days a week and, because I had the kids, there was only a limited amount of time. I was exhausted by the time I got there, so it was a struggle trying to weigh and balance everything out with the kids.
“But it was that fight that made the record so great, just really wanting it, and saying, ‘No, and I don’t care that Kingston is in school ‘till 3pm, let’s meet at 10am and write the record’ – whatever it took. I don’t know where that drive comes from.”
The band had planned to record an album much earlier but, after two successful solo albums and two kids, Gwen admitted she was exhausted and “there was nothing left to say or do”.
And Gwen admitted, given the number of children the band have, the challenge of trying to travel the world is a big one.
She said: “We’ll have to learn from Angelina and Brad.”
Gwen goes on to talk about experience on tour with babies (she would nurse Kingston when he was 14 months-old in between sets on stage). Read the rest of the interview here.
I think we hear so much about women who have it all, and yes, we also hear about the complexities of mothering and career-ing but I think some of the things Gwen said really make sense. I, for one, would love it if people would stop suggesting that women should be trying to have it all; it’ s exhausting! And as the rock star herself points out, it really is quite impossible. Because something (or someone) will ultimately, always be sacrificed. Which is what navigating life consists of, I suppose– having some of the things you want, sacrificing things you don’t need and making the best life for yourself and your family (and, as I’ve heard it, Angelina and Brad operate in this way with their family as well). Whether or not you have it all should be irrelevant! That you have some things and some very important people should be quite enough. Methinks.
What do you guys think of Gwen‘s interview? Are you disappointed that she won’t go solo again? I was definitely into her 2004 solo Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (oh my gosh, that track with Slim Thug?!?!), but honestly, I love No Doubt as a group. Recently, we got to hear their newest single Settle Down and I’m really looking forward to the new album.
Push and Shove, No Doubt‘s first album in ten years, is set for a September release.