The always-fashionable rock goddess Gwen Stefani posed for the latest issue of Vogue magazine.
Inside, Stefani opened up about the joys and challenges of motherhood. She explained, “It’s super fun being a mom, but it’s not what you think it’s going to be. And it’s really gradual. At first, your life is totally the same. You have this cute little thing that you get to drive around everywhere and you’re so proud and it’s amazing. And as they grow older, it really does start to change your life. Like, Oh, my God, they have school, they have to get through first grade, they have to learn to read. It starts getting so serious, and you’re like, Aaaaaaah!”
It probably didn’t help that when the singer was preparing to become a mommy for the first time, she was enduring a very hectic schedule. “I did my first solo record and went on tour while I was pregnant. I would want to throw up during certain songs. Certain outfits would make me sick. It was torture. I toured until I was four and a half months pregnant, showing. I came home and had Kingston, and when he was eight months old, I went back on the road. I nursed him for 14 months, so I would literally do my hair and makeup, go back to the bus, nurse him, put him down, and walk out onstage. And I did that for 100 shows.”
Nowadays, Stefani has left the solo thing behind and is enjoying being back on the road with her band No Doubt. “I feel like we’ve always been in our own little lane. Never fitting in. Never a 90s grunge band, never a pop girl band. And it’s the same now. I did the solo thing, but I felt like I was trying to play a character in a way, this Alice in Wonderland pretend version of myself. But this, being in No Doubt, is really who I am.”
Read more in the January 2013 issue of Vogue.