Stefani covers Marie Claire.
But it took a lot of sacrifice — not just on her part, but also for her bandmates Tony Kanal, Adrian Young, and Tom Dumont. The group is all married with kids, and the long hours spent in the studio trying to perfect their new songs took its toll. And that's where they found their inspiration. "There are a lot of feelings of being overworked, overwhelmed: 'Can't we just slow this down? I can't enjoy everything because I'm doing too many things,'" says Stefani, who has two sons, Kingston, 6, and Zuma, 4, with her husband of a decade Gavin Rossdale. Her band, she adds, "all have kids and they all get it."
Stefani's in the driver's seat. (Marie Claire)
For Stefani, 42, it was especially hard juggling being a mother, a fashion designer (she has three labels), a wife, and the lead singer of a super-successful band. But she still found time to write for Push and Shove, which has been four years in the making since she wrapped touring for her second solo album, The Sweet Escape.
Golden girl. (Marie Claire)
Now, Stefani has learned how to avoid being forced to divide her time between all her many ventures. Not only has she stopped working out (gasp!), but she has kissed her solo career goodbye and also pulled back from being so involved in every last minor detail of her L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers lines. "It still looks awesome, but did I pick out the buttons? No, I didn't. I missed the last two Fashion Weeks because they were when school started; I can't miss the first week of kindergarten."
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