Gwen Stefani just always wows me with her beauty and grace and just that little hint of tomboy! Â I like that sheÂ admits to Elle that she is ‘vain’, but I don’t consider her vain…more confident! She wants to look good, who doesn’t!!!
On writing hits: â€œI do! Why wouldnâ€™t you want that many people listening to the songs that you wrote? Thereâ€™s no way to go back after you have had it. So the intentions of even the solo records were always about trying to write those guilty-pleasure albums that just get in your head and you canâ€™t get out. Iâ€™m not cool, Iâ€™m not into the B-sides. Prince, who is one of my idols, gave me some advice when I worked with him: â€œHave you ever just tried writing a hit? Like, donâ€™t just try writing a song, try and write a hit song.â€ I remember him saying that and me thinking, Yeah, youâ€™re right. Why would you write anything else?â€
On her marriage to Gavin Rossdale: â€œThe first time we ever kissed was right around Valentineâ€™s Dayâ€”we were in New Orleans on tour. So, yeah, I always think about that because itâ€™s unbelievable that weâ€™ve been able to stay together. I feel so proud of usâ€”itâ€™s one of my biggest achievements.”
On performing while pregnant: â€œIt was horrible. Certain songs would make me want to puke. You feel pretty gross when you are first pregnant. You donâ€™t feel cute, you feel disgusting. Youâ€™re getting fat. It was hard. I mean, Iâ€™m very vain. That would be my middle name. Of course I am, you know what I mean? I love the visual.”
On whether Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry have taken a page out of her playbook when it comes to style: â€œReally? I donâ€™t see myself in those girls. I usually put pants on. I see these girls as more going for the sex-symbol thing. I was more, in the band, like a tomboy. Of course, I think every girl is sexy, so thereâ€™s going to be a little of that. But I see a lot of younger artists going more toward the sexy thing.â€
On pop music: “When we were growing up, some of the hits were legendary ones that you hear your whole life. But certain songs, I donâ€™t know if youâ€™ll ever hear them again. Because thatâ€™s what that music is, like a guilty pleasure, itâ€™s right at the moment. Itâ€™s like fashionâ€”itâ€™s now, then itâ€™s gone.”