I am a big Gwen Stefani fan, so if any of my friends are reading this and haven’t gotten me a gift yet, this would be the perfect choice… and don’t worry, just like all things, I shall pretend to be surprised when you give it to me.
Moving along! Inside the issue, the 43 year-old singer-fashion designer-and writer speaks about being pregnant while recording Love.Angel.Music.Baby., her love for her band, No Doubt‘s new album Push & Shove, and much more.
Take a look at a few of the excerpts below, as well as photos from her Annie Leibovitz photographed photoshoot:
On being pregnant with first child while recording “Love.Angel.Music.Baby.”:
“I did my first solo record and went on tour while I was pregnant. I would want to throw up during certain songs. Certain outfits would make me sick. It was torture. I toured until I was four and a half months pregnant, showing. I came home and had Kingston, and when he was eight months old, I went back on the road. I nursed him for fourteen months, so I would literally do my hair and makeup, go back to the bus, nurse him, put him down, and walk out onstage. And I did that for 100 shows.”
On her band:
“I feel like we’ve always been in our own little lane. Never fitting in. Never a nineties grunge band, never a pop girl band. And it’s the same now. I did the solo thing, but I felt like I was trying to play a character in a way, this Alice in Wonderland pretend version of myself. But this, being in No Doubt, is really who I am.”
On the band’s new album “Push & Shove”:
“We know that we all play a role. But there was a time when it was confusing. It was messy. The breakup, the new relationship, everyone recognizing me. All of that stuff feels like it’s so far away now; it’s just us as friends, so grateful to be doing what we’re doing still.”
On being a mother:
“It’s super fun being a mom, but it’s not what you think it’s going to be. And it’s really gradual. At first, your life is totally the same. You have this cute little thing that you get to drive around everywhere and you’re so proud and it’s amazing. And as they grow older, it really does start to change your life. Like, Oh, my God, they have school, they have to get through first grade, they have to learn to read. It starts getting so serious, and you’re like, Aaaaaaah!”
Watch: Gwen Stefani Vogue January 2013 Cover Shoot