I love the late summer/early fall push magazines make because it means more ads. And more ads means more of those fold-out perfume things, which is always the icing on the cake for a night out. It also means they get big celebs pushing whatever it is they want to hawk. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Gwen Stefani has mostly been selling us her and Blake Shelton‘s romance, and by proxy, her latest album. Well, she’s at it again!
Gwen is the cover girl for this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, and inside she opens up, again, about her split from Gavin Rossdale. The person interviewing Gwen does a good job of slyly warning us of what’s to come:
The joy of interviewing Gwen Stefani is that you don’t even have to glance at your questions. They sit, folded and lonely on the couch while she just talks. Candidly and freely, almost guilelessly, which is extraordinary given that Stefani has been in the public gaze for more than 20 years.
And like the previous times, she’s talking about some dark-sided shit. This time it’s less about necromancing and more about “hell” and “torture.” Yes, we all know that a divorce is like sitting through a forced screening of Jem and the Holograms, but girl sure does like to talk.
“It was the beginning of hell. Like six, seven, eight months of torture, trying to figure out this big secret. It was so insane because not only did my family break up, but then my kids are taken away like half the time, so that was really like, ‘What?! What did I do?’ My dreams were shattered. All I wanted my whole life was to have babies, be married, like what my parents have. Then I remember thinking, ‘There’s gotta be a reason for this.’ Of course you go through the ‘Why me?’ and feel sorry for yourself. But then I was like, ‘No, this happened to me already and I made something good out of it,’ and that was Tragic Kingdom. I had spent a lot of years not being confident about my songwriting. But I know that’s all I had left, and that was my gift. I had read somewhere if you don’t have gratitude and confidence in what you’ve been given, you’re nowhere.”
That’s practically half a self help book right there. And now I’m hoping she’ll come out with one. Can anyone deny that Get It Girl, Get It Get It, Girl: Gwen’s Guide to Divorce and Dating in the Public Eye would be a national bestseller? No. They can’t. Let’s just hope they cut the part involving changing up your makeup to the point that your face is almost unrecognizable.
“There I was with my big secret, right? And that’s when Blake was like, ‘Everybody, before we go out there, I want to let everyone know that by the time this airs, I will be divorced.’ [I felt] exposed somehow, you know? But it was like being handed this gift of a friend who was going through the exact same thing at the exact same time. And then it was just like everything flipped. It went from horrible to, like, hopeful and, like, ‘Wow, God, you just don’t know what’s gonna happen next.’ I’m not here to talk about my personal life, but my record is my personal life, so!”
There it is, folks. Her record is her personal life. And her record is her product. Sell it, Gwen. Because if you don’t, no one else will. Like I’ve said before, Gwen and Blake are selling us their love on such a high PR level that even if it is real, I’m still expecting them to eventually do a Vegas show called Our True Love: Pay To See It.
Here are the rest of Gwen’s shots from Harper’s. But I can’t be sure that’s her in the last one, because just look at the face:
Pics: Harper’s Bazaar