Gavin Rossdale: “I Still Think Gwen Is Incredible”

Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale covers the latest issue of The Sun’s Fabulous and opens up about ex-wife, pop superstar Gwen Stefani, and their three sons: Kingston, 10, Zuma, 8, and nearly 3-year-old Apollo.

On their split: “[Divorce] was completely opposite to what I wanted. Really not…But here we are. Apart from death, I think divorce is one of the hardest, most painful things to go through. The one thing – the only good thing, because everything else is not good – is we care about the children and it’s about them. So we do everything to make this life change as seamless as possible. The best thing about my children is that they’re really cool, interesting, sweet and kind.”

On dating again: “I’ve so much going on, that’s not a factor right now. [My sons] want me to get a girlfriend and examine me if a name pops up on a text. I think Kingston is going to be in the CID when he grows up. They obviously see a complete set-up with their other home, and it’s really busy [with] all the family. When they come to me – unlucky, it’s just me! I always feel a bit like: ‘Sorry about that.’ So we have a lot of play dates and the [other] parents come round and have big dinners. Zuma is really into dressing up and we have a lot of capes, which he wears all the time. To him, it’s Halloween his [whole] life. I really try and make every day festive and fun for them.”

On co-parenting post-split: “It was shocking for everyone. For me, it was about being solid for them, and silent but respectful of Gwen. That’s what I’ll be forever. Those days were the worst days ever. It’s all a bit of a blur. You have to try and be as compassionate as possible. It was weird because I had to go and make a home from scratch that could compare to the great one they already have. That was the challenge for me as a dad.”

On what he learned from his parents’ divorce when he was 11: “The one thing I took from that was that kids spell love as T-I-M-E. They’re a bit feral around me and like jumping off the balcony on to the big white sofa, flying around with Nerf guns and having pillow fights. My favourite thing is when they go round to other people’s houses and I’m told they’re so polite with their pleases and thank yous. They are like new and improved versions of me. When a grown man pours them water [at a restaurant], I’m really insistent they look into his eyes and say thank you. I don’t want them to take it for granted.”

On being British: “I’m very proud of being British, so found it really easy to maintain who I am. We were always going to have our kids in England, but as soon as a girl gets pregnant every decision is hers. She wanted to be in America with her doctors and her mum. That’s the only reason really [we lived in America]. [My children] have such a different life [compared to me growing up]. With their mum they live behind two gates.”

On Gwen congratulating him when got his role on The Voice UK: “What’s weird is that for the last year and nine months, I have always adapted to The Voice in the US and submitted [my] schedule [to Gwen]. So the irony of all ironies is that she wrote to me and said: ‘Congratulations on getting The Voice, you must be so excited,’ and I said: ‘Thank you so much. I’m mainly stressed about the schedule with the boys. Thank you in advance for [your] rough schedule.’ The tables have turned a bit. You have to be really adaptable and helpful to co-parent.”

On if he has regrets: “I mean, obviously. I know we all wish that, but we can’t, so I have to deal with reality. You can’t not have regrets and be human at the same time. There are lots of scenarios [I’d like to change]. I’d like to have had 10 No.1s in England, but unfortunately I can’t rewrite my career. We had 20 years together and that in itself is pretty incredible. It’s a lifetime. I still think she’s incredible. It was a lovely 20 years and we have three amazing children. There were a lot of positives, and with time they’ll become more and more obvious.”

On his daughter Daisy Lowe: “The unconditional love she shows me is so powerful. It’s one of the greatest gifts and I’m grateful for her every day. Her support has been incredible through all of this. She’s so perceptive and smart and knew I was vulnerable. Daisy and I have worked hard on [our relationship]. I try and be the best I can for her and keep in constant contact. I often think that it could have gone the other way, and she could have been a very difficult person.”

On when Gwen was on The Voice: “I helped mentor Gwen’s team [in 2014] and didn’t realise how emotionally invested you get with the contestants. That’s what made my decision, along with the obvious exposure and opportunities that would come with it. I’m grateful for my rebirth and, for most people, my introduction. I’m a realist and know that I’ve been reduced to three sentences: being in America, ex husband of Gwen and seen with his kids a lot.”

For more from Gavin, go to The Sun’s Fabulous

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