Gwen Stefani's personal turmoil nearly put her new record on hold indefinitely.
“I didn’t want to make a record: I just wanted to not die. That’s it,” the singer shared to GQ magazine. “The fact that I now have a record and people are hearing it, it just blows my mind.”
Following her highly publicized split from husband of 13 years, Gavin Rossdale, last summer, Stefani’s love life came into focus as reports circulated she was romancing her “Voice” co-star Blake Shelton. The 46-year-old mom of three sought solace through her music.
“Everything happens so fast. It’s all happening in real time in the sense that, ‘Used to Love You’ came out only a couple weeks after I wrote it,” she said. “The only reason I did that was just being honest. There’s been a lot of dishonesty about me, and I just don’t understand that because it’s just not how I live.”
While Stefani previously revealed that Shelton, 39, inspired the track “Make Me Love You” off her new album, “This is What the Truth Feels Like,” she alluded that a spark brought the record to life.
“I did not think anything. I wasn’t thinking. I was feeling and I was dying,” Stefani explained. “And then I was like, ‘You can’t go down like this! You have to turn this into music. You have to try, at least.’ I was so embarrassed by just everything. I just didn’t want to be that person that just went down after all of that.”