EXCLUSIVE: Gwen Stefani Opens Up About Touring For First Time in Years: 'I Couldn't Be More Excited'
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Gwen Stefani performed during Major League Baseball's three-night All-Star Week concert series at the Embarcadero Marina Park South in San Diego, California on Saturday, rocking the crowd with a performance of her new song, "Misery."
After the show, Stefani spoke with the MLB Network about getting back into touring after a long hiatus from performing and creating new music.
"I feel like I'm in a dream because I was backstage getting ready, putting my makeup on thinking, 'I've not played on tour for like 7 years!'" the 46-year-old singer marveled. "I couldn't be more excited right now or more grateful."
The No Doubt frontwoman also opened up about her latest album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, and why it took her quite a few years to assemble the material she needed for the project, the third solo album of her career.
"I had wanted to write for a really long time and nothing was really coming … I had children and [I] had life going on," Stefani shared. "So I kind of accepted I wasn't gonna do any more."
However, life changed pretty quickly for the pop star in the last year. In August 2015, Stefani filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 13 years, Gavin Rossdale -- who is the father of her three sons, Kingston, 10, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 2.
Three months after splitting from Rossdale, Stefani and her Voice co-star, Blake Shelton, announced that they were dating. Shelton split with his wife, Miranda Lambert, earlier in the year.
Stefani has openly addressed the fact that many of the songs off her new record were written in response to the end of her marriage and her burgeoning relationship with the 40-year-old country crooner. She explained to the MLB Network that she wrote the album to, "make myself feel better, and it worked!"
"It's really fun to share it," she added. "Music is just so powerful."
The MLB All-Star Game kicks off on Tuesday at 5 p.m. PT at Petco Park in San Diego.