It’s been five years since Gwen Stefani released her last solo album, but as she prepares to rustle up a musical comeback, the No Doubt front woman, solo artist, fashion designer and mom opened up in the May “Women in Music” issue of ELLE Magazine about balancing her family life with her hectic work schedule. Gwen, mama to sons Kingston and Zuma, says that going on tour is harder now that so many of her fellow No Doubt band members have kids. Tony Kanal, the group’s bassist, recently welcomed a daughter, and ¬†guitarist Tom Dumont recently welcomed a son. “Right now, I can’t picture touring. It’s so physical, and I’d have to prepare for that mentally. I just don’t know how we’re going to do it, because now Kingston is going to be in kindergarten…But I’m so lucky — I mean, who gets to do all this stuff?”

Gwen told the mag that it’s equally important that she and rocker husband Gavin Rossdale make time for their family and each other. The couple married in 2002 and she claims that one of her greatest accomplishments has been to maintain a loving relationship in their marriage. She says of her nine-year marriage, “I feel so proud of us — it’s one of my biggest achievements.” Gwen admits that she channels her experiences as a mother and wife in her music and says she rarely keeps any experiences private. “… I’ve never been a private person. I have to tell everyone everything that’s going on.” The trend-setting fashionista’s really got it “going on” wearing her won’t-leave-the-house -without-it red lipstick, glam Christian Dior oversized cat-eye sunglasses (available in three frame hues), and her ultimate accessory, son Zuma. ¬†–rpuccia

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