Although Gavin Rossdale used to be known primarily as Bush's lead singer, in recent years the 45-year-old rocker has become quite the family man. In the new issue of Details, Rossdale opens up about his wife Gwen Stefani -- whom he met while touring with No Doubt in 1995 -- their two sons, Kingston, 4, and Zuma, 2, and his 21-year-old daughter, Daisy, whom he didn't know he had until 2004. Check out a few of the interview highlights below, including why he's decided to get Bush back together.
Even though he's a father of three, Gavin Rossdale is still rockin' at 45! - Theo Wenner/Details
Gavin and Gwen Stefani celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary in September. - Jackson Lee/Splash News
On his first date with Gwen: "I threw a party in New Orleans just as an excuse to hang out with her. We drank a bunch of hurricanes and went around the French Quarter. We had our first kiss that night, just walking around, being careful to step over the puddles of pee. The next day we had that sort of cute, embarrassed, sober meet-up."
On who changes the diapers in their household: "Whoever's nearest, really. We have good people around us. If there's no one there, I can do it, but otherwise I sort of slide away -- I get very interested in my BlackBerry at that point. A friend once told me, 'By the way, they never thank you for changing their diapers when they grow up, so don't sweat it.' I thought it was good advice."
Gavin adores his two boys Kingston and Cruz. - Jackson Lee/Splash News
On explaining the paparazzi to 4-year-old Kingston: "We haven't found the words to explain it. I'll want to take my kid to the beach, and there's six grown men chasing us. He's running around in his underwear as every child should, and I have to go up to them and say, 'Can you not photograph my son running around in his underwear?' The pictures show up anyway. He went through a really angry stage. He'd scream at them, 'Get away! Don't take a picture of my mom!' They'd say, 'Wow, Kingston's really moody.' You're a f-----g grown man running after a 4-year-old! What do you want him to do?"
On shifting gears to be a dad to toddlers and a dad to an adult. (In 2004, he learned he had a daughter, the now 21-year-old model Daisy Lowe.): "With the boys it's traditional. I'm all they know, and I'm with them all the time. With Daisy, I don't know her in that context. The way I nurture those boys, I never got a chance with Daisy. I love my connection with her, but I don't have any say in who she is. With the boys it's my job to correct them and shape them. With Daisy, I just have to be respectful. I suppose it's more like a friendship."
On why he wanted to bring his band Bush back together: "I'm a creative person -- I need to be doing this. I don't think I'll scale the giddy heights of before. The market's not there, the outlets aren't there. But I think there'll be an audience for it. It's nerve-racking because I'm not expecting anyone to care; I have no sense of entitlement. But I do know I'm a better singer, a way better guitar player, and a better songwriter. It just comes down to 'How good can you be?'"
Read the full interview with Gavin Rossdale at Details.com.
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