Viewing entries in
Gwen Stefani

Gwen - Billboard Magazine [10.09.2017]

Does Blake have a favorite song off the album?

Blake heard “Christmas Eve” and he loved it. He’s like, “This song is so incredible. I’d die for this song. I want to record this song for my record.” No one’s ever recorded any of my songs for their records -- let alone one of the biggest country stars in the world. I was shaking with excitement, and he basically went to Capitol Records and recorded with his band and everything -- his own version of the song. He said, “Listen, I really think children need to be on this song. I want to get the children [who are well enough] from the Children’s Hospital of Nashville” -- Ryan Seacrest had set up this whole studio in that hospital. But it had to be done in like a week. It was never going to happen, and he made it happen. The kids are singing on it, and when you hear the lyrics to the song and the kids singing it really takes on a whole new meaning. So, I think that’s a pretty Christmas-y miracle.

Gwen - Entertainment Weekly [10.12.2017]

You worked with busbee for the first time (5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Aldean). What were you looking for in a collaborator?

Blake’s the one who said I should work with busbee, actually. [And] the thing that’s cool about him is that he has no genre boundaries. He does write for Nashville but he also does everybody else. When I went to the studio, I brought [songwriter] Justin Tranter with me because, like, what if I hated busbee? [Laughs] But we all hit it off within 10 minutes! He was like, “It needs to be raw and punk and sort of classical at the same time!”

You have classic Christmas songs like “Let It Snow” on the album, but also six original songs. Which one kicked off your writing process?

I was at Blake’s ranch in Oklahoma [this year] and there are all these exotic animals — like wildebeests! It’s like Jurassic Park. I decided to go for a run and, you know some people meditate, but I pray, so I was like “I’m going to do my physical exercise and also my mental and spiritual exercise all at the same time! So I was out there thinking to myself, “If I wrote a Christmas song, what would it be?” And, literally, this whole chorus comes out of my mouth! I was just singing out loud, by myself, with the wildebeests, this song called “Christmas Eve.” [Laughs]

Blake also recorded it for his own Christmas record. How’d he ask for that?

I’ve never had anyone record a song of mine for one of their records — let alone one of the biggest country stars ever, so I was like, “Okay, babe!” He went into Capitol Records and recorded it and then he was like, “I really think this song needs to have children on it.” So he went to the Nashville Children’s Hospital to see what kids wanted to and were well enough to sing on it. That song is like a Christmas miracle to me.

You and Blake also duet for the second time since you began dating on the title track. Did you get in the studio together? 

We haven’t directly worked in the same room. [Laughs] I’m dying to, but I’m scared! Anytime you’re going to write with somebody, it’s very intimate and it’s very scary. I’ve only recently learned how to be confident and just be like, “Why do you beat yourself up?” But he was on the bus and he was just sitting around and he came up with the “I wanna thank ya baby” melody and he’s like, “I was just sitting around and thinking about this idea and I don’t know if you can do anything with it…” He’s so humble it’s stupid. When I heard it I was like, “Oh my God, you are such a jerk! You just sent me a hit!” I couldn’t ever imagine having a better Christmas song! It’s uptempo, it’s fun, it doesn’t sound like any style, it has a country guy on it — it’s such a weird mixture! It’s almost like a No Doubt song with Blake on it.

Gwen - People Magazine [11.15.2017]

If you ask Gwen Stefani, there’s no man in the world more deserving of being namedSexiest Man Alive than her boyfriend Blake Shelton.

“He’s perfect for it,” the No Doubt rocker, 48, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Somebody that is funny and has a sense of humor is sexy — that’s the No. 1 thing.”

While the country superstar constantly has everyone around him in stitches, his sexy attributes go far beyond just being able to get a laugh out of his loved ones.

“[He’s] somebody that is at the top of their game and talented and genuine and cooland generous and just not self-aware at all — completely a man,” continues Stefani, who teamed up with Shelton on her holiday duet “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” and is hosting an hour-long holiday special airing Dec. 12 on NBC.

The 41-year-old star — whose new album Texoma Shore hit No. 1 this week on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums Chart — also has no idea how attractive he truly is, according to his girlfriend.

“He doesn’t even know how cute he is. [He]’s cocky but only because he’s a cowboy!” Stefani jokes.

At the end of the day, however, what makes Shelton the sexiest man in the world to Stefani is his heart.

“It’s interesting because I don’t think any of those things like beauty or sexy or whatever way you want to describe humans is necessarily a physical thing that people are attracted to,” she says. “It’s all about the heart, and he has that big ol’ gigantic heart in there, so he’s quite an attractive human. I’m not the only one that thinks it!”

Gwen - bbc.co.uk [12.06.2017]

Stefani's personal life is off-limits, the BBC is told in advance of this interview - but she happily chats away about Shelton, after pausing to check whether we've heard of him. We definitely have. After all, he's just been named the sexiest man alive.

"Exactly!" Stefani laughs, with a self-deprecating flick of her hair. "I don't know if you heard about him? The sexiest man alive? That's my boyfriend, by the way."

In fact, it was going to be hard to avoid discussing Shelton, since he co-wrote the title track on You Make It Feel Like Christmas, a cute little love song that rides the rhythm of The Supremes' You Can't Hurry Love.

The track came out of the blue, says Stefani, as Shelton has largely given up writing his own songs. "He went to Nashville just to be a writer but he doesn't enjoy it, I guess. He just likes singing," she explains. "But he just happened to be sitting around on the [tour] bus and started writing that song, You Make It Feel Like Christmas. He sent me a voice text and I was like, 'I was just thinking about your record and I don't know if this is any good'. And I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this sounds like a hit!' It's one thing to write a Christmas song that's mid-tempo or slow or emotional, but an uptempo, fun, joyful one? That's hard."

Gwen - People Magazine [12.06.2017]

“For me, it’s weird when traditions change. But it’s also fun to be flexible,” she says. “So we have incorporated an Oklahoma Christmas in, and Christmas now has been really fun for the boys and for my family.”

“Last year, [the boys] had their dad’s Christmas and then my Christmas, and then we went to Oklahoma, so they got to do three Christmases,” Stefani adds. “We just keep it going. They’re always asking, ‘Are we going to get more presents?!’ ”

Gwen - TV Insider [12.12.2017]

Much of your two-year romance with Blake Shelton has unfolded on TV. What was it like filming your joint ­rendition of “You Make It Feel Like Christmas”? 

It was for sure one of my favorite moments, and hopefully we were able to capture that. There were probably 2,000 people, all friends and family, in the theater, and it was a really electric audience. Looking at Blake and singing this song that we’d written ­together—which feels like such an extension of both of us—was so special.

Gwen - Social Lifestyle [05.21.2018]

Allison Kugel: Has Blake had any creative input with this Las Vegas show?

Gwen Stefani: Obviously he’s my best friend, so I’m bouncing stuff off him all the time. He’s one of those people in my life that’s super supportive and gets me motivated. There’s a whole bunch of songs about him in the show, so that’s fun. Like anybody with their best friend, we share everything together. I’ll tell him, “I picked my dancers. There were 500 girls that tried out!” And I’ll send him videos. Just things like that.

Gwen - Entertainment Tonight [06.29.2018]

When Mark pointed out the audience goes on a journey during the show, Gwen got candid about how all of her music has mirrored her life, saying, “The songs that I have written have been really clearly, like, 'This is what happened...' I just write a song about it, and that’s been my way to heal. A lot of the music I have written has been about heartbreak, really, unfortunately.”

“'This Is What the Truth Feels Like,' that was such an amazing record for me," she said. "It started off as writing a song that was all about anger and betrayal and pain, and then within eight weeks that I was writing it, my life switched over to falling in love… It went from this to that."

"But I don't think he knew what that whole ending scene was going to look like," she admitted. "I could picture it in my mind, but to make it finally look like that, it was beautiful... I was trying to ask him [what he thought]. He had to come and leave. He's doing the blind [auditions at The Voice] today."


"The ending of the show, what I was trying to say in a huge kind of love note way is just how amazing life can be, where everybody has to go through these challenges and these dark times, and then there's always a rainbow," she explained. "We literally put a rainbow on the screen, and sunflowers. And that's what my life feels like right now in so many ways."

Gwen - Extra [06.29.2018]

Her boyfriend Blake Shelton made time to attend the show while shooting blind auditions for “The Voice.” She said, “He’s part of my journey, it was amazing that he was there… He was like, ‘I’m gonna make it, whatever I do… I’m not going to miss it.' He was so serious about it.”

Gwen sang her biggest hits during the 100-minute performance, including “Make Me Like You,” which she belted in a cowboy outfit. "Standing in that cowgirl outfit in front of Blake” was her favorite part of the night, she confessed, adding, "That part of the show is my super love note, my, 'I am so grateful, this is how much you influenced me and gave me life.'”

When Mark pointed out the audience goes on a journey during the show, Gwen got candid about how all of her music has mirrored her life, saying, “The songs that I have written have been really clearly, like, 'This is what happened...' I just write a song about it, and that’s been my way to heal. A lot of the music I have written has been about heartbreak, really, unfortunately.”

“'This Is What the Truth Feels Like,' that was such an amazing record for me," she said. "It started off as writing a song that was all about anger and betrayal and pain, and then within eight weeks that I was writing it, my life switched over to falling in love… It went from this to that."

Gwen - Good Morning America [06.29.2018]

In an interview with "Good Morning America," the three-time Grammy Award winner admitted that it's easy for her to forget how much she loves performing live until she takes the stage again.

"I don’t miss it at all. I'm so good to do my kids and do mom and hang out with my cute Blakey and all that but then when I get up there I realize it's in there still and I'm like, 'OK, I need this attention still. I like it,'" she said with a laugh. "So, it's always been there. It's whatever the gift that God gave me and I feel so grateful and I feel so humbled and honored to be in Vegas. To do a show like this, it's just another level and it's challenging in another way."

Stefani, 48, assembled a show replete with personal touches, including home videos and photos that her father took throughout her childhood. The idea she said, was to let fans in on both the ups and the downs of her life -- with the present, she gushed, being a "really amazing place." One reason? Her two-year long relationship with her boyfriend, country singer Blake Shelton.

"He's my homeboy. He's my homey. He's just really an amazing all-around human so I feel so grateful for that," she said. "I celebrate him in the show! He's inspired me so much. He's changed my life."