Gwen Stefani Says ‘Voice’ Co-Star Pharrell Helped Her Write Again!

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Gwen Stefani has been much more low profile since becoming a mother, but the No Doubt front woman had a lot of struggles before announcing her divorce this year—she had issues making her 2012 No Doubt album, motherhood changed her and then Pharrell Williams helped inspire her back into the studio.”He helped me with a lot of stuff. I was in a closed-off period before that – I couldn’t write, and I didn’t feel confident. There were hard times before the baby, personally, that were just not good. And then having Apollo, and being on the show, and being refreshed: It was just like, ‘Whoa!’ I’m in a really positive place now.”

And we now Gwen is now dating Blake Shelton…yup!! But Gwen revealed her inner struggle while making her 2012 No Doubt record, Push and Shove. “I didn’t tour at all. But I did record the No Doubt album, which was super hard. I was torn the whole time. Every day I would take the kids to school, drive to Santa Monica, work on the album, and then I’d think, ‘Oh my god, if I don’t leave by 2:30, I’m not gonna get home in time for dinner.’ And Gavin being on tour…” she told InStyle. “I’m not gonna say there weren’t some incredible moments making that album. But it was a lot of knocking my head against the wall. A lot of struggle.”

She had an identity crisis. “In the beginning, I didn’t want to think of myself as a mother. I was like, ‘Wait a minute! Ain’t no hollaback girl is who I am!’ I had to learn to accept it. Being a mother and having a career – those are just different roles you play. You’re still the same person you were before, but now you’re more because you’re a mother, too, with a lot to do.”

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