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Q&A with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt

Marian Liu
The Seattle Times (MCT)

Gwen Stefani is no doubtedly back with No Doubt.

After taking a five-year break from the ska band, the 39-year-old singer has found success outside of No Doubt — with a fashion label (L.A.M.B.), two hit solo records and two kids in tow.

But this summer she's back with the band that launched her, and in its 1990s and early-2000s heyday, sold more than 27 million records and won two Grammys. Stefani talked to The Seattle Times over the phone from Calgary, Canada.

Q: Why did you decide to get back together with No Doubt when you had such personal success?

A: Since we were 17, we had never taken any time for ourselves. It was always band band band band band, because we loved it. ... It was an opportunity, a window in time to just do something different. ... It was never intended to be so long.

Q: Will there be more solo work?

A: Not that I'm planning on. I feel like I'm in a time of my life where I can't really make plans. ... It's really about living in the moment, because if you start to look ahead too far, you kind of miss where you're at.

Q: How do you describe yourself?

A: I just see myself as really busy and really passionate about all the opportunities that have come my way. ... Now I have a family, that takes up obviously my No. 1 priority, and I try to make some good kids, you know. That's the newest, hardest thing I've ever done.

Q: How do you balance family life now that you and your husband (Gavin Rossdale) are on separate tours?

A: I think when you have the family involved, you take it to a different level... . Putting on a great show takes a lot of energy, emotionally and physically, and so when you have two little humans ... and you're missing your husband, and you're trying to work it out all the time. ... Some days it doesn't work and most days, it just works itself out.

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