Gwen Stefani's forthcoming record, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, is a very personal affair: An album that deals with her separation from ex-husband Gavin Rossdale and her now budding romance with Blake Shelton, Truth was occasionally a little too heavy on the heartbreak for label executives, who often told the singer to tone down the emotion.
But Stefani was able to convince label reps to back off, albeit with the tender help of the Lord: According to an interview with Refinery 29 published Tuesday, Stefani claims she was "literally channeling God" to record the album. This sentiment was enough, apparently, for the label to quit meddling in her creative process.
Stefani told Refinery 29 that after label-reps told her to quit singing the heartbroken feels, she conferred with her producers, who were down for the cause:
"Then we wrote a song called “Rocket Ship,” and that’s when the label said to me, 'Listen, we think this overall album you’re writing is too personal. We don’t think people are going to relate. You should just put out an art record.' And I was like, 'Are you kidding me? I’m literally channeling God here. I’m saving my own life with this record and you come and punch me in the face?' The next day I went in and told those guys, 'Let’s write the most fucking personal shit, ever — opposite of what anyone would want to hear.' And that’s when we wrote 'Used to Love You.'”
This Is What the Truth Feels Like is set to release on Friday (March 18) and Stefani has already released the singles "Make Me Like You" and "Misery." She's also set to perform on Saturday Night Live on April 2 alongside cable television god Peter Dinklage, who will host the episode as himself, not God.