Gwen Stefani has opened up about what it is she thinks represents the secret to a long, successful and ultimately happy marriage. Having gone against the Hollywood grain be sticking with hubby Gavin Rossdale since 1996 – the pair married in 2002 – she’s happy to admit that it’s a bit of a shocker they’ve held out so much longer than most, though insists she really couldn’t be happier.
“We go through so much together – it’s a miracle that we could stay together this long,” said the 45-year-old No Doubt icon during a Cosmopolitan interview.
As far as she’s concerned, the secret to making it work and keeping it working long-term lies in making sure there’s enough me-time brought into the mix with everything else. Or in other words, dedicating as much of yourself to yourself as necessary to keep things amicable with your other half.
“Gavin’s on a short tour right now, and he wrote me the sweetest note this morning,” Stefani added.
“It’s good to have those days when we both do our own things. I think that’s what keeps relationships going, when both people can be themselves and have their own individuality,”
“That’s especially important for women – it’s hard to find time for yourself.”
Of course, she’s under no doubt whatsoever that the fact she’s married to a hunk of a rock star doesn’t in any way harm matters.
“I never really saw myself landing a guy that hot. I don’t know if I was a nerd in high school, but I definitely wasn’t the super-cute cheerleader so I never saw myself getting somebody like that,” she added.
“But I do think he’s quite handsome. It’s not the most important thing about him, but it is nice … and he makes really cute babies!”
So that’s a full 13 years and three kids the pair have clocked up so far and things apparently couldn’t be going better.
Take note Hollywood – you could learn a thing or two!