No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani is the cover girl for the May issue of Elle magazine. In the magazine, she discusses performing while pregnant, “It was horrible,” and life with her husband, Gavin Rossdale.
On writing hits: “I do! Why wouldn’t you want that many people listening to the songs that you wrote? There’s no way to go back after you have had it. So the intentions of even the solo records were always about trying to write those guilty-pleasure albums that just get in your head and you can’t get out. I’m not cool, I’m not into the B-sides. Prince, who is one of my idols, gave me some advice when I worked with him: “Have you ever just tried writing a hit? Like, don’t just try writing a song, try and write a hit song.” I remember him saying that and me thinking, Yeah, you’re right. Why would you write anything else?”
On her marriage to Gavin Rossdale: “The first time we ever kissed was right around Valentine’s Day—we were in New Orleans on tour. So, yeah, I always think about that because it’s unbelievable that we’ve been able to stay together. I feel so proud of us—it’s one of my biggest achievements.”
And what does she think of people saying Lady Gaga and Katy Perry copy her? “Really? I don’t see myself in those girls. I usually put pants on. I see these girls as more going for the sex-symbol thing.”
The Women In Music issue also features Robyn, Florence Welch, Adele, Nicki Minaj, Willow Smith and Jennifer Hudson.
You can pick up a copy when it hits newsstands April 12!