Gwen Stefani is a few days away from unleashing her emotionally honest third solo LP, This is What the Truth Feels Like, out March 18. The album follows Stefani's public divorce with Gavin Rossdale and, as she told NPR on Monday (March 14), it helped her heal.
The No Doubt singer admits that TISWTTFL has her dealing with personal issues in public. But, as she knows it, she's never been one to censor herself. In her NPR interview, she dishes about the making of the album, how she had to ditch an earlier version and how songwriting became "traumatic" after Tragic Kingdom.
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"I was trying to cheat a little bit. I was like, 'OK, maybe I can just do it the way everyone else does it: just get other people to write my music for me, and I can kind of tell them what to write, and curate it.' I just gave birth, I'm nursing, I'm on a new TV show and I have two other kids. It's impossible! So let's do it the way we can. And I tried that for a while, and actually had almost a whole record. I put out a song called 'Baby Don't Lie'—I don't know if you remember that one. But overall, it just didn't feel right."