Gwen Stefani has had a triumphant return with This Is What the Truth Feels Like, debuting as her first No. 1 album as a solo artist on the Billboard 200.
Although this is her third solo record, it's a fresh start for Stefani as she ventures on after ending her 13-year marriage with Bush's Gavin Rossdale, leaving us all wondering what's in store for her next.
Hi I'm still number 1 =I have till Monday !! 😝 gonna keep saying it while I can= ha! gx @billboard
Stefani spoke with Vanity Fair about her new album and the songwriting process during the tough transitions, explaining that the hardest part "was to get out of bed and go to the studio." And while "Used to Love You" may be her explicit heartbreak anthem, for Stefani the song is more about forgiveness than it is revenge: "It's admitting, I used to love you and now I don't. I opened this channel to writing again -- it was me being honest, being real."
Gwen Stefani to Vanity Fair: 'I'm in an amazing songwriting place'
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Singer Gwen Stefani performs in concert at the Orpheum Theatre on February 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Singer Gwen Stefani attends a party hosted by Chasing Fireflies to introduce her Harajuku Lovers children's collection at Duff's Cakemix on September 24, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Chasing Fireflies)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Gwen Stefani of No Doubt performs during Riot Fest Chicago 2015 at Douglas Park on September 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns)
DEL MAR, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Gwen Stefani of No Doubt performs during 2015 KAABOO Del Mar at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on September 18, 2015 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Christopher Victorio/WireImage for KAABOO Del Mar via imageSPACE)
THE VOICE -- 'Season 9 Press Junket' -- Pictured: (l-r) Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Carson Daly, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10: Singer Gwen Stefani attends Harajuku Lovers #PopElectric High Tea at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on July 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for BeautyCon)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' -- Pictured: Gwen Stefani -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NAPA, CA - MAY 31: Gwen Stefani of No Doubt performs during the Bottle Rock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo on May 31, 2015 in Napa, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 16: Musicians Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal of No Doubt perform at An Evening with Women benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center at the Hollywood Palladium on May 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 08: Singer Gwen Stefani of No Doubt performs during Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES - MAY 01: Gwen Stefani of No Doubt performs on stage during day 5 of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 1, 2015 in New Orleans, United States. (Photo by Edu Hawkins/Redferns via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani (L) and actress Demi Moore attend VH1's 'Barely Famous' premiere screening and party at The London Hotel on March 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for VH1)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Gwen Stefani arrives at the 57th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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Stefani also talked about only having had two romantic relationships in her life and admitted to being in love right now, hinting to her current relationship with Blake Shelton. She didn't want to elaborate on the relationship just yet, but did add how the life changes have influenced her music.
"But I feel like I'm in an amazing songwriting place; instead of being closed off, I'm thinking about positivity and how I can do something creative. I'm just doing what I want to do. It's so incredible to be in that zone. I'm always looking for the next song, and now I don't have to be insecure or write about heartache."
She goes on to talk about how she got involved with The Voice, balancing her many careers and personal life and how being a solo artist has given her the opportunity to work with many different people.