4 Ways to Deal With Life Like Gwen Stefani
Take cue from one of the most influential pop stars of all time
Not too many artists have reinvented themselves the way American musician/actress/fashion designer Gwen Stefani has. In the middle of both professional and personal hardships, she’s risen above every setback in her long and varied career. With these songs playing in the background, follow her lead on how to triumph over any life-changing event.
LIFE-CHANGING EVENT #1: MAKING THE DECISION TO GO SOLO
Grammy-winning band No Doubt is the mighty ship that Gwen had steered for over two decades. When it was time to jump ship, she never feared to sail into unchartered waters to explore new things.
“I love being in that band and we’re like a family. But sometimes I felt like I couldn’t do other things I wanted to do…So when the band took a break, I was excited to work with a lot of different people,” said Gwen in a Vanity Fair interview last March.
PULL A GWEN: Trust your instincts, whether it's about your career or relationship
BLAST THIS JAM: No Doubt’s It’s My Life
LIFE-CHANGING EVENT #2: BALANCING MOTHERHOOD WITH A CRAZY-SCHEDULE
Motherhood is a 24-7 job that involves a lot of adjustment and schedule changes. Despite juggling coaching duties on The Voice, recording a new album and managing her clothing line, Gwen still makes time for family.
“When it’s family time, we go big,” she shared in a Fresh 102.7 radio interview.
PULL A GWEN: In your list of priorities, family should always come first
BLAST THIS JAM: Gwen’s Hollaback Girl
LIFE-CHANGING EVENT #3: THE DAY AFTER THE 2015 GRAMMY’S, HER MARRIAGE WITH BUSH FRONTMAN GAVIN ROSDALE ENDS
According to an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Stefani admitted that she was just absolutely crushed about how the way things went with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. The two broke up at the worst possible time—right before the 2015 Grammy’s, where she was scheduled to perform. But as they say, the show must go on.
“I have to turn this into something. I can’t go down like this. If I can do music, everything will be okay,” she said.
PULL A GWEN: Hit rock bottom? Pick yourself up and shake off the dust—there’s no where else to go but up
BLAST THIS JAM: Gwen’s Truth
LIFE-CHANGING EVENT #4: GETTING BACK INTO THE STUDIO WHILE DEALING WITH WRITER’S BLOCK AFTER THE BREAKUP
Heartbreaks can either make you stronger or shatter you into a million pieces. When she stepped back into the recording studio, Gwen decided to let her art speak for itself in the most honest way possible.
“When I walked in there I said, ‘I don’t care about the charts, hits, style of music. I just wanted to tell the truth and get this out of me,’” she said.
PULL A GWEN: Annihilating adversity should be a proactive decision. Always
BLAST THIS JAM: Gwen’s Where Would I Be
As Gwen Stefani has proved so many times, there's life after heartbreak and #shefani is real. So you go girl.
Words by: Lamar Roque
Image by: IG @gwenstefani, Getty Images