Photo Credit: Courtesy of Marie Claire
Life never goes exactly as you plan it, even if you're Gwen Stefani. The No Doubt frontwoman tells Marie Claire that she "really, really" wanted another sibling for sons Kingston, 6, and Zuma, 4. Though she doesn't go into details about her decision, Stefani, 42, says she and husband Gavin Rossdale have since made peace with having just two kids.
"I really, really, really wanted one about two years ago. And it didn't really work out," Stefani tells the magazine. "So. . . I feel good with what we've got. Everything works out how it should. You can't plan anything, right? You can try."
Now that No Doubt has reunited, the "Settle Down" singer is facing the same challenge as every working mom: how to juggle life, work and family. During the recording of the new album, Stefani recalls, "I would be up all night because my second baby didn't sleep, and he had a lot of ear infections. Then I'd wake up in the morning and do my workout, which I always felt I had to do, and then meetings for my three clothing lines, and then hang out with my kids, take them to preschool, da-da-da. And then at 4 o'clock, I'd be like, 'All right, I'm out of here, I'm going to go to the studio' and try to write a record. Sit on the couch [with my bandmates] and be like, 'Let's do this now because I'm missing time with the kids; I could be having dinner with them and putting them to bed.' It was really hard."
As a result of the balancing act, Stefani has had to let some things go -- like her solo career outside of No Doubt, and some control over her L.A.M.B. fashion empire.
"It still looks awesome, but did I pick out the buttons? No, I didn't," she admits. "I missed the last two Fashion Weeks because they were when school started; I can't miss the first week of kindergarten."
Goes to show just how important family is to Stefani, who calls her almost-ten-year marriage to Rossdale her "biggest accomplishment so far." She loves spending time with her two boys -- even if they start "beating on each other" from "the moment they wake up."
"They're just starting to play real well together, but with a lot of fighting," she explains. "They do look out for each other -- especially the little one, he really loves his older brother."