Gwen Stefani: My music eased my pain
Gwen Stefani's new songs were a "Band-Aid from God".
The 'Used to Love You' singer penned her latest album, 'This Is What The Truth Feels Like', in the wake of the end of her marriage to Gavin Rossdale - the father of her children Kingston, 10, Zuma, eight, and two-year-old Apollo - and she thinks the music came to her as a way to ease her pain.
She said: "I feel like God just handed these songs to me as a kind of Band-Aid, to help me through this crazy time in my life. And it's all about finding your talent and then sharing it.
"I think of being able to pour my emotions into songs as a gift. It's very gratifying to be able to go through those difficult and negative feelings and use them to create something positive.
"I was aching to be creative again, so this has been inspiring and comforting because I was feeling insecure about my work. Now I feel I've got my confidence back."
After doubting her abilities as a songwriter, the 47-year-old singer felt she was being "selfish" in not sharing her work and talents in the wake of her marriage split.
She explained: "It was a wake-up call. When things started to unravel in my life last year, I thought to myself, 'Get back on track and stop being insecure about writing and what you're here for. Stop being selfish and share what you've got.'"
But Gwen - who is now dating country singer Blake Shelton - admits it wasn't always easy to feel motivated into working on new tracks.
She told Psychologies magazine: "I just wanted to write songs that expressed what I was going through emotionally.
"That was the inspiration and force behind the album. It was really hard, because I just wanted to get under the covers and eat a lot of pizza and cry. But I went to the studio."