Gwen Stefani may have moved on with Blake Shelton, but her broken marriage with Gavin Rossdale is still fresh in her mind. The “Misery” singer opened up about their tumultuous split in the September 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
“Nobody except for my parents, the people involved, and whoever they told [know what happened]. Nobody would believe it if I could really say what happened,” she told the mag. “I went through months and months of torture.”
As previously reported, Stefani, 46, and the Bush frontman, 50, announced last August that they were ending their 13-year marriage. Stefani has never gone into specifics about what went wrong, but Us Weekly broke the news that Rossdale had been cheating on her with their children’s nanny Mindy Mann.
Stefani and Rossdale went on to finalize their divorce in October 2015, and continue to coparent their three sons — Kingston, 10, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 2. In November, her rep confirmed exclusively to Us that the No Doubt singer was dating fellow Voice coach Shelton.
“We were laughing our heads off when we saw the blind auditions. I love NBC, but they for sure edited stuff to look like we were flirting,” Stefani told Cosmopolitan. “They chose to run with that story before anything was even real. I hardly knew him. But it was like it was in the air — happening before it happened.”
Behind the scenes, Stefani and Shelton, 40, leaned on each other for support. As Stefani’s marriage came to an end, so did the country superstar’s relationship with his now ex-wife Miranda Lambert. Shelton and Stefani’s friendship turned to romance and they collaborated on the song “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”
“We were both having trust issues, as you would if you were us. It was like, ‘I have so many problems. How can I now be getting into another potentially huge problem? What am I doing?'” Stefani recalled to Cosmo. “Blake wrote the song and sent it to me. He was like, ‘Help me finish it.’ I wrote a verse and sent it to him, but he was gone because he doesn’t live in L.A. He didn’t have WiFi, so he wasn’t answering me back! As soon as he came back to town, he brought his guitar over. We were like, ‘We wrote a song together! This is crazy!'”