Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, once considered the epitome of a rock-and-roll power couple, had a relationship that endured for decades despite numerous challenges. Their love story began in 1995 when No Doubt joined Bush on tour, shortly after Stefani’s breakup with her ex and bandmate, Tony Kanal. Rossdale, smitten with Stefani, went to great lengths to get her attention, even throwing a party in New Orleans just to spend time with her. They eventually married in 2002 and had three children during their 13-year marriage: Apollo, Zuma, and Kingston.
Their relationship was far from perfect and faced several difficulties, including reports confirming Rossdale’s paternity of model Daisy Lowe in 2004. Additionally, there were allegations from Courtney Love in 2010 about a fling with Rossdale while he was dating Stefani. Despite these challenges, Stefani considered their marriage a significant achievement, acknowledging its difficulties in various interviews.
However, their marriage faced its ultimate test in 2015 when they publicly announced their separation while emphasizing their commitment to co-parenting. Reports suggested the split resulted from irreconcilable differences and hinted at Rossdale’s alleged affair with their family’s nanny, Mindy Mann, though neither explicitly confirmed this. Stefani mentioned the turmoil she endured while trying to keep the secret under wraps, and both Stefani and Rossdale underwent intense therapy in an attempt to salvage their relationship.
Despite their efforts, the marriage ultimately ended, and both Stefani and Rossdale expressed deep disappointment and sorrow over its demise. Rossdale admitted that he never wanted the divorce, considering it one of life’s most challenging experiences. Stefani shared her heartbreak over the dissolution of her marriage, expressing her desire for a lasting and enduring relationship, akin to her parents’.
After their split, Stefani found unexpected love with her “The Voice” co-star, Blake Shelton, describing the relationship as a transformative experience that changed her life. Meanwhile, Rossdale focused on parenting, expressing disillusionment with romantic relationships due to past experiences, stating he was not adept at navigating them and had faced challenges in his previous relationships.