Gwen Stefani is more often in the news for showcasing a new line of her fashion label L.A.M.B., releasing an album or being pictured with her Bush frontman hubby Gavin Rossdale and their 3 beautiful children. However, this summer Gwen has sadly announced her 13-year marriage to Gavin is over, amidst reports of him cheating.
Gwen announced the split publicly on August 3rd, after filing for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.” Media reports claim that Gavin has been unfaithful although these have yet to be confirmed by either singer at the time of going to press.
The news has come as a shock to most as many regarded Gwen and Gavin as Hollywood´s unshakeable golden couple. They married at St Paul´s Cathedral in 2002 and have gone on to have three boys together; Kingston (9), Zuma (6) and 17 month old Apollo. It is thought they are both seeking joint custody of the children and with no pre-nup signed Gwen, the more successful of the couple, could be forced to split a large percentage of her $80 million fortune with Gavin.
Although Gwen is devastated by the break-up it´s not the first time she has had to get over a major love in her life. In 1994 No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal broke up with her after 7 years together. Gwen was beside herself and the heartache led her to write some of the band´s most successful ever tracks including Don´t Speak and Hey You. Many think the newly single Gwen will channel her heartache into her new soon-to-be-released album.
BACK IN THE STUDIO
So it seems like Gwen will have a lot to take her mind off her recent heartbreak. The Hollaback Girl singer is now due to release her much anticipated third solo album at the end of this year.
“I’ve been working on it,” Stefani said in a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest. “I feel excited now because when I first started working on it, I was like, ‘I’m gonna put it out this year!’ I was very kind of rushed about it. Now I feel settled in, I had the baby – I feel like now I’m going to go back in and do some more writing and be a little more relaxed about it.”
New tracks from the album include lead single Baby Don´t Lie (many believe now is a snub to Gavin) and the Pharrell Williams-produced track Spark the Fire. Gwen recently joined him on stage at the uber cool festival Coachella, much to the delight of fans who were treated to a few of Gwen´s favourite tracks and a great rendition of Spark the Fire with Williams.
Gwen has also reportedly been working with Latino songstress Shakira on a new track for the album called Confection. It is unclear whether they will release separate versions of the track or whether it will be a duet. She has also called in the talents of Grammy-winning R&B singer Miguel for a hit-maker called Overdose and hip hop recording artist Lunch Money Lewis whose known for 2015 hit Bills is also working with her on a few songs.
Lewis said of the collaboration: “It´s really dope and fun. It’s crazy that she brought me in to collaborate with her and create some good energy. She’s amazing. This new album is like a new Gwen and a taste of what we love from her.”
Stefani had always made in-roads in the fashion stakes – regularly receiving praise for her kitch and cool outfits she wore on stage with No Doubt and during her solo career. In 2003 her stylist Andrea Lieberman introduced her to haute couture clothing, which led to Stefani launching a fashion line named L.A.M.B. in 2004.
The line takes influence from a variety of fashions, including Guatemalan, Japanese, and Jamaican styles. L.A.M.B achieved popularity among celebrities and is worn by stars such as Teri Hatcher, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Stella McCartney.
In June 2005, she expanded her collection with the less expensive Harajuku Lovers line, which she referred to as “a glorified merchandise line”, with varied products including a camera, mobile phone charms, and underwear. In late 2006, Stefani released a limited edition line of dolls called “Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Fashion dolls”. The dolls are inspired by the various costumes that Stefani and the Harajuku Girls wore while touring for the album.
She also has a perfume collection and regularly showcases her fashion at New York Fashion Week, where she even presents and models her latest collections.
It´s certainly been an uneventful year for Gwen but with a strong friendship group around her and a close knit family (she has three siblings she´s very close to) and a stint as a judge on The Voice US it won´t take long for her to bounce back on top.