Gavin Rossdale didn't want break-up record
Gavin Rossdale was determined not to make a break-up record after divorcing Gwen Stefani.
The Bush frontman - split from the blonde beauty in 2015 after 13 years of marriage - didn't want his personal life to be the focus of upcoming new album 'Black and White Rainbows' so has penned a "socially-conscious" LP about a diverse range of subjects affecting the wider world instead.
He said: "After what I went through, people make those break-up records and I wanted to make a euphoric, socially-conscious record that has wide-ranging subjects going from the plight of the refugees to the fact we're destroying the planet to the lack of inter-connectedness."
The 51-year-old rocker - who has daughter Daisy Lowe, 28, with former lover Pearl Lowe, and sons Kingston, 10, Zuma, eight, and Apollo, two, with Gwen - believes it is important he use his position to try and make the world a better place, instead of being self-obsessed.
He added to RadioTimes.com: "Because I'm the father of so many children, I want to leave the world in a better place in my tiny miniscule way. I'm a piece of dust on the earth, but as an artist it's imperative that we do something of value and not only just moan about ourselves."
In contrast, Gwen - who is now dating country singer Blake Shelton - penned her latest album, 'This Is What The Truth Feels Like', in the wake of the end of her marriage and she previously admitted working on the record helped ease her pain over the split.
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."