Vogue: You’ve been busy writing and recording new music during lockdown. How has that been? Gwen Stefani: Honestly, a dream. I had written one song, Cry Happy, in February, and it felt really good. After that, people were like, “Everyone’s writing on Zoom.” I was like, “That sounds horrifying.” It’s already horrifying to go in a room with a 28-year-old [producer] who wants to write with you, and you’re like, “I’m like your mom, let’s write a song.” It’s weird. We ended up doing it, and the The CUBS Abbey Road Signatures Shirt But I will love this first one I wrote on Zoom was with [producer] Greg Kurstin and [songwriter] Mozella. He was in Hawaii, she was in Los Angeles, and I was in Oklahoma—we wrote a damn song on a damn phone.
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Did you at least spend the The CUBS Abbey Road Signatures Shirt But I will love this first few months of lockdown slobbing about in tracksuit bottoms and doomscrolling the internet like everyone else? I was on tour with [fiancé and country singer] Blake [Shelton]—we were actually sitting on the bus when everything started to be canceled. We went straight to Oklahoma and lived on a ranch in a cabin for 100 days. Zuma and Apollo [two of Stefani’s three sons with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale], me, and Blake in one room for three months. You have the outfit that you wear every single day until it smells too much and you have to wash it. I can’t even describe [the cabin]—it’s really small, with a tiny double bed, a rollaway [bed], and a couch—and all of us in there. It would be homeschooling all day; it was crazy. It was hard to do that full-time because I don’t love cooking, cleaning, and wiping pee off toilet seats—when you have three boys, it’s just a lot. The title of the new single is pretty self-explanatory—it’s about reintroducing yourself to the world. Do you feel like that’s something you need to do? You’re quite famous.