Gwen Stefani Calls Gavin Rossdale Split ‘Months and Months of Torture’

It’s no secret that Gwen Stefani’s divorce with Gavin Rossdale was a rough one. In her latest cover story with Cosmopolitan, the “Make Me Like You” singer opens up about the dissolution of her 13-year marriage and exactly how boyfriend Blake Shelton helped her move on from the split.

Although Stefani says “nobody except for my parents, the people involved, and whoever they told” would ever know exactly what happened with Rossdale that led to their separation, the No Doubt frontman reveals that the truth is probably too shocking for most to process anyway.

“Nobody would believe it if I could really say what happened,” she shares. “I went through months and months of torture.”

She adds, “All you have to do is listen to every single song I’ve ever written and it’s all there. It’s an ongoing theme that I’ve had for a long time.”

As previously reported, Stefani filed for divorce from Rossdale in August 2015 citing “irreconcilable differences.” Though the details of the split was kept under wraps, rumor had it that Rossdale had cheated on Stefani with their three children’s longtime nanny, Mindy Mann.

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According to Stefani, she found solace when she was working with Shelton on The Voice. Though she admits she “hardly knew him” at first and NBC probably “edited stuff to look like we were flirting,” she says she started really bonding with him after realizing he was going through the same thing in his divorce with Miranda Lambert.

Their deep connection eventually resulted in two collaborating on a song called “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” which was something Stefani had never done with her ex-husband.

“We were both having trust issues, as you would if you were us,” she shares of the songwriting process. “Blake wrote the song and sent it to me. He was like, ‘Help me finish it.’ I wrote a verse and sent it to him, but he was gone because he doesn’t live in L.A. He didn’t have Wi-Fi, so he wasn’t answering me back! As soon as he came back to town, he brought his guitar over. We were like, ‘We wrote a song together! This is crazy!'”

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