Gwen Stefani

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Gwen Stefani performing "Luxurious" in November 2005.

Gwen Stefani (born October 3, 1969 in Anaheim, California) is an American singer and actress, and is the frontwoman of the ska/rock band No Doubt.


  • After Brannon Mascarenas broke up with me, I realised I had something to say.
  • All those years we were only committed to each other, but then we grew up. You could tell people in the band needed a break.
  • As a famous person you think how you're gonna end it, get away and have a normal life.
  • At a certain point I'm going to want to have a family.
  • At first it was my brother's songwriting and I was just doing what everyone told me.
  • At the same time, I'm a girlie-girl. I enjoy making myself up and all that stuff.
  • Because I had a crush on him, he turned me on to Prince and Lisa Lisa and Debbie Deb, and that stuff has always had a special place in my heart.
  • Because that's what I define myself as - a songwriter.
  • But at the same time, I never expected to be here in the first place.
  • But can I always wear an Alice-in-Wonderland costume? I probably shouldn't.
  • Holla-Back-Girl!
  • Honestly, I'm just that girl who was in Anaheim with my best friends.
  • I definitely wanted to make a record that would get underneath the skin.
  • I don't fight with people - like, I can barely fight with my husband because I'll just start crying instead.
  • I don't know what I will be doing in 10 years.
  • I don't mean this in a stuck-up way, but I needed an attitude song.
  • I don't want to drop off and not be on the radio or not be able to talk about myself for hours.
  • I feel like I graduated from high school, and I needed a song that felt like throwing my cap in the air.
  • I imagine my children are going to save me from my vanity and be my passion and fill whatever fears I have of the amazing time I'm having right now being gone.
  • I knew I had to get started on the album or I'd never get to the next No Doubt record, or the baby or the movie.
  • I learned how to song-write halfway through that record. Once knew I could write songs, I blossomed.
  • I never for one minute thought that I'd go solo.
  • I remember being this 17 year-old girl, in love and really excited about my future with the boy that I thought was going to be my husband and we'd have babies and that was my passion.
  • I think I've been able to fool a lot of people because I know I'm a dork. I'm a geek.
  • I wanted to make a very good feeling, classic upbeat dance record that when you first heard it, it would be your guilty pleasure.
  • I was in love with Brannon and just happy to be in the band.
  • I was on the Rock Steady tour with the guys. It was just such a magical time.
  • I was super-ska girl when I met Brannon.
  • I was thinking that when I have children, that I should always dress as a character for them, so they think their mom is Alice in Wonderland or Cinderella.
  • I would love to learn to play something so I don't have to rely on someone to collaborate with.
  • I'm a woman and I'm 35. I don't have that much time left to do this kind of pop record. Let's be real.
  • I'm lucky to not have a real job, to be able to express myself, be creative and be relevant.
  • I've wanted a baby since I was a baby, but I think it's not up to me.
  • I've written songs on guitar, but I don't play guitar good enough to be free.
  • If I could be a boy, I'd want to be like Andre. I relate to him so much.
  • If only they knew what a dork I really am.
  • If you're not Prince, you're never going to sound like Prince.
  • In the beginning of the process I was scared to let other people into my creative world, but doing that fueled some fire in me.
  • It was like, power. Suddenly you don't have to be dependent on anyone else for happiness 'cause you've got this thing you can do.
  • It was such a turning point to find that I had a talent and I had something to contribute, somewhere.
  • It's an art project; it's me collaborating with some different people to create something magical.
  • It's awesome to be surrounded by talented people and know you earnt it through hard work.
  • It's hard for me to take someone else's words and sing them.
  • It's like when a song writes itself. My life is writing itself.
  • My mom and dad met at Anaheim High School.
  • Now, it seems like maybe one or a couple more records, and then I want a family.
  • The hardest part was letting someone even suggest an idea and then my ego being able to take it if it was good.
  • The idea was to be open and let my ego shut up and sit over in the corner and make something great based on a concept.
  • The next thing I know I'm writing my first single. Completing that song really triggered something in me. I had found my inspiration.
  • The real difference is that with No Doubt everything is a full collaboration, everybody has their vote and their energy: we're a real band.
  • The whole reason you work with someone like Dre is that you want to know what they think. He's such a great producer because he really knows how to get the best out of you and make you feel good about yourself.
  • These are things that everyone goes through; I just happen to talk about it.
  • This is the first time in a long time that I don't know what's gonna happen next.
  • Tomorrow night I'll be in bed with my husband again and it will be really great.
  • When I'm 40, maybe I really will want to get up and be 30 pounds overweight and I'll want to get out there and sing songs for people.
  • Yodel? Hahaha, you gotta wait 'til the concert!
  • He's like soo delicious.

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