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Gwen Stefani ‘Needed To Write’ Gavin Rossdale Split Song To Move On

Tue, November 10, 2015 12:02pm EDT by 1 Comment

‘Used to Love You,’ the song Gwen Stefani wrote about her breakup with Gavin Rossdale, was only written a month and a half ago, she revealed in a new interview. She explained that she ‘needed to write’ in order to move on.

Gwen Stefani, 46, opened up like never before about the struggles she’s recently faced with songwriting and how the self-reflective act helps to validate her in a new radio interview. “I just knew that I needed to write,” she said about her dark days following her split from Gavin Rossdale on KIIS-FM on Nov. 9 — watch her interview.


“The song was not written that long ago. Like, I want to say maybe a month and half ago, which is crazy. I had been writing writing because my life blew up,” she said on KIIS-FM’. “Everybody knows that my life blew up last February. I’d just been dealing with that. Unexpected. I was going along thinking that was going to be the rest of my life and it’s not. I don’t know what happened. I’ve always wanted to write music so desperately because doing it is one thing that really validates me for myself.”

“I just knew that I needed to write,” she continued. “Even the first day that I went into the studio, I didn’t want to get out of bed. You know when you’re so down that you just don’t want to do anything? I went to the studio and I wrote a song….There was one night, the epicenter of the whole thing—that’s the most I can say about that—and the next day I wrote the chorus to ‘Used to Love You,’ but I didn’t know it was ‘Used to Love You.’ I just had written all this stuff and it had happened to be in there buried in a bunch of lyrics that I had written.”

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“I went to the studio and I had written all these songs that I feel like the record company was like, ‘We think it’s really great and very artistic. Maybe you should just put it out as an artistic body of work.’ It kind of felt like a punch in the stomach, like all the wind got knocked out of me,” the No Doubt frontwoman told Wright. “They basically said they didn’t think anyone would relate to it and it was too personal. I was like, ‘Oh! Ouch!’ But I don’t know if they were trying to…the next day I wrote ‘Used to Love You.’ Sometimes you need someone to just pinch you or slap you in the face or punch you in the stomach, which is what they did,” she explained.

HollywoodLifers, do you think Gwen will write a song about her new relationship with Blake? Let us know in the comments below!

— Shira Benozilio