“Things went down, I think it was February where my life just, ‘Whoa!’ It just changed,” she told Carson Daly on his AMP Radio show. “Before that, I couldn’t really write. I wanted to, but my life was just so I don’t even know how to describe it.”
Asked directly by Daly – who hosts and executive produces The Voice – if her divorce caused her creative juices to flow, Stefani said she doesn’t “have anything to hide.”
“Everybody knows that I was married forever and now I’m not,” said the Voice coach. “Could you imagine what my life is like right now? It’s crazy!”
The chorus for “Used to Love You” came to her “the day after some crazy stuff had gone down, like, crazy stuff in my life,” Stefani revealed. “I’ve been writing stuff randomly, like, instead of going online and looking at stupid stuff, but being like, ‘I’m just going to write. This is how I’m going to heal. I need to write.’ And I went back in and found that lyric and then it ended up being the chorus of the song.”
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Aside from working on her new album, the mom of three boys (with ex Gavin Rossdale) – Kingston, 9, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 20 months – is also learning to let loose.
“My life feels so extreme right now,” she said. “The Voice is so fun this season is crazier because I feel like I know everybody so well and also because my life is crazy. I mean, my life basically blew up in my face and so now I’m like, in this new life and it’s pretty awesome, I have to say.”
“I was literally that party girl that you hear about when their life blows up and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going out! Watch me!’ We’re just trying to have fun, you know?” she told Daly about being photographed with Shelton leaving a party.