No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani on Juggling Motherhood and Music

2012-09-18

Story by Charles Ken

Gwen Stefani says it was challenging to juggle recording the band’s new album with being a mom

Gwen Stefani has it all: a hunky husband in Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, a career as the lead singer of No Doubt and two kiddies. It’s not always easy juggling everything, though. Stefani says that while recording her band’s new album, she got a bit stressed out trying to cope with the strain of motherhood and writing music.

“I was definitely swimming upstream, trying to balance everything that’s been going on with having kids and a family,” Stefani told Marie Claire. “There’s no way to do all these things.”

Stefani explained that, like every mother, she hated taking time away from her kids during the recording process for the new album, “Push and Shove.” When she did get together with band mates to write new music, she tried to keep things as efficient as possible.

“I’d…try to write a record. Sit on the couch [with my bandmates] and be like, ‘Let’s do this now because I’m missing time with the kids; I could be having dinner with them and putting them to bed,’” she said. “It was really hard.”

Thankfully, Stefani figured out a way to cope and churn out a new album. She had to give up a few things to make time for it, though, including her workout regimen. “This last year I kind of stopped working out. I think my body just needed a break,” she said. “And so I did that, and focused more on feeling good as opposed to beating myself up.”

 




Posted by Charles Ken | Alternative, Music

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