In a recent interview, Gwen Stefani opens up about motherhood and her pop star years. Now, that she is back to perform with her original band, No Doubt, the singer confesses that the years spent creating and performing pop music were not to be taken seriously , as the only reason for choosing that path was to explore the girly side of herself.

Gwen Stefani opens up about motherhood, pop yearsWith an album coming up, No Doubt, a band that has made history since the release of the 90s hit “Don’t Speak” is ready for the limelight once again. In a recent interview for UK’s The Guardian, the singer opens up about the transition from pop music to the grunge style once again.

“The solo records allowed me to indulge my girly side but it was never meant to be taken seriously”, the musician says about her pop career. “It was just like an art project that kept going longer than I expected. The group never ended – we always knew we’d come back to make this album”, she added.

The band first started working on the album back in 2008, but at that time, they were “burned out”. “I’d done the two [solo] albums, the two tours, I’d had the two babies – there had been a lot of output in those years [since the release of their last album, Rock Steady, in 2001]”, Gwen explains. Motherhood was “suuuper challenging”. Even though she says that when her kids were babies, her life didn’t really change, when they started growing up and need more attention, that’s when it became tiring.

“All of us have kids now”, says guitarist Tony Kanal, “but for Gwen it’s a whole different thing and seeing her struggle trying to be a great musician and great mum became the basis of the album.”

No Doubt’s new album will be released on September 25.