5 Things You've Been Wanting to Know About Gwen Stefani's Breakup Album

Gwen Stefani has a new interview in the April issue of GQ Magazine, and it seems there's only one thing she wants to talk about: the truth. It all started back in August, when Gwen divorced Gavin Rossdale after 13 years of marriage. The shocking breakup led to a scathing new song called "Used to Love You." More songs came out, including that song about Blake Shelton, called "Make Me Like You," and Gwen opened up about her divorce, even going so far as to nearly break down in tears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Before we knew it, Gwen had a new album: This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Just in time for the record's March release, read the singer's newest quotes about her music and her divorce, straight from GQ.

  1. Putting all that drama out there is kind of a strange task. "It's been such a whirlwind doing a record during the craziest, most unbelievable time in my life. Normal people, in real life, we don't talk to people we don't even know about personal things! It's such a weird process. I've done it half of my life since I've been in a band."
  2. The experience was actually more cathartic than sad. "It was so fun. Part of it wasn't fun. 'Fun' isn't the right word. Magical and spiritual. I can't believe all those songs came out. They're going to capture that time period of my life in such a magical, perfect way. I got a hold of things by writing those songs and giving them a little place where they can live, instead of being all over the place in my mind."
  3. The new album was her way of picking herself up and dusting herself off. "I did not think anything. I wasn't thinking. I was feeling and I was dying. And then I was just like, You can't go down like this! You have to turn this into music. You have to try, at least. I was so embarrassed by just everything. I just didn't want to be that person that just went down after all of that."
  4. The album wasn't about making new music, it was about processing everything that happened. "Everything happens so fast. It's all happening in real time in the sense that, 'Used to Love You' came out only a couple weeks after I wrote it. The only reason I did that was just being honest. There's been a lot of dishonesty around me, and I just don't understand that because it's just not how I live. I didn't want to make a record: I just wanted to not die. That's it. The fact that now I have a record and people are hearing it, it just blows my mind."
  5. She got by with the support of her loved ones. "I got the perfect combination of people to really support me and make me feel confident. It was an amazing awakening. I walked into the session and I was like, 'You gotta know, I don't care about anything except the truth right here.'"