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Gwen Stefani Drops A New Album, Nods to Her Gay Besties

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Did you ever even have a doubt? 'Course not. Someone as classy-fabulous and iconic as Ms. Stefani is of course a lover of the gays, as she discussed in a new interview with Pridesource

The No Doubt frontwoman and internationally chic solo artist has had a very visible year, after her marriage to Gavin Rossdale famously ran aground in early 2015. The singer has been very open and candid about how difficult the divorce was for her, and her eventual return to the studio resulted in This Is What The Truth Feels Like, her first solo effort in a decade.

During the process, Stefani admits that the going was rough for her, emotionally. But her gay best friends—notably her hairdresser and makeup artist, naturalement—were there for her:

I turned to them this whole time period, during my whole tragedy, and they have been really, really super supportive and loyal and made me look pretty when I didn't feel pretty.

Another gay bestie came out of the recording process itself, as Stefani worked with out songwriter and performer Justin Tranter on the new album. Tranter, a devout No Doubt and Gwen Stefani fan himself, had a profound impact on the star:

He knew everything about every song I'd ever done, whatever I'd worn, every piece of jewelry. It was like, whoa. And he'd wanted to work with me for a long time and I didn't know that, but it was like God put us in the same room at the perfect time because I needed his understanding and compassion.  

As for the album itself, it's a pleasing one—the first two singles complement each other well, one peppy and one pensive, both showcasing Stefani's trademark powerhouse vocals. Showing emotion in her singing and music has never been a problem for Gwen, and This Is What The Truth Feels Like is no exception.

Oh and by the way, aside from releasing the album, Stefani also managed to capture what it means to be a good mother in one line, while responding to critics of her parenting skills. When asked what she thought about those detractors who have had problems with Stefani allowing her young sons to wear nail polish, she said:

As long as my boys are protected and happy and I'm spending quality time with them, whether it's doing sports or doing nails, it really doesn't matter.

Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Gwen.

Check out the second single, "Make Me Like You" off Gwen Stefani's latest album here:

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