Gwen Stefani On Solo Career: “I Was A Pretend Version Of Myself”

Published: Saturday 29th Dec 2012 by David

For many, Gwen Stefani’s short lived but well spent solo career marks one of Pop’s best eras to date.

Spawning two solo albums outside of ‘No Doubt‘, her time at the top saw her stand tall as one of her genre’s more talented it girls, inspiring the likes of Lady GaGa (see last scene of ‘Love Game‘ video) and Nicki Minaj (see Harajuku Barbie).

However, this month has seen Stefani question the authenticity of her run, in an interview with Spanish Vogue.

She explained:

“I did the solo thing, but I felt like I was trying to play a character in a way, this Alice in Wonderland pretend version of myself. But this, being in No Doubt, is really who I am.”

If Gwen does decide to go solo again, we’d put good money the album being just as well received as her first two andĀ some of today’s highest sellers.

Of course, though her comments would indicate she’s ‘over’ with the style and themes that made her so exciting, we could see her dominate many a chart with an easy listening, ‘summer in California’ type Pop piece. Wishful thinking? Maybe- but with the below still as moving today as it was ‘back then’, we see no reason for Gwen not to give the solo thing at least one more shot.


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  1. NiKos December 29, 2012

    Well At Least Back Then She Made AMAZING Music & She Was F****** Successful! #L.A.M.B #TheSweetEscape

  2. Monstarebel December 29, 2012

    Why people can never be themselves in this industry?? huh…..

    I would love to see Gwen solo again…

  3. DOSSOME December 29, 2012

    Oh,so she was pretending all the while slaying 2 consecutive eras????okay at least she didn’t hijack No Doubt’s sound posing it as her own then leaving the other members to fend for themselves like some other artists i won’t mention

    • BARBRARELLA December 29, 2012


    • Mark111 December 29, 2012

      Nope, Nicole whatever the f*** her last name is- er

  4. KATY JACKSON PERRY December 29, 2012

    Who Cares about Gween SteFLOPny when we have QUEEN RITA ORA ? šŸ˜ˆ

  5. kjfhkdj December 29, 2012

    smh she really doesnt realise the impact of her solo career. not only did she influence her peers at the time (fergie’s entire debut album)… she birthed a new generation… soo many things gaga, nicki, katy perry are doing are all from her… gwen stefani was an original and she doesnt even know it. all these all other girls do now is copy and paste

  6. 12345 December 29, 2012

    yall funny as f***, she just admited being a fake and yall want another album? lmao

    rihanna is the fake puppet but yall support this chcik who admited being fake? I CANT:

    she made dope music ans videos but now we see, sh was just a wannabe swagger white girl

    • H** Sit Down December 29, 2012

      You didn’t had to get * UGLY* but i agree

  7. H** Sit Down December 29, 2012

    Well often times in the music industry or any entertainment industry this what’s happens despite of being successful,successful don’t always means peace within oneself. Glad she doing something that feels right to her

  8. JOHNVIDAL December 29, 2012

    ” marks one of Popā€™s best eras to date”
    Damn… TGJ always exaggerating. It was great, she was original and all that, but I donĀ“t think many people around the globe consider Gwen Stefani as a memorable time in pop history, donĀ“t you think?
    If No Doubt has not done too good with the return, I donĀ“t think she would do it solo either. I would not flop on Nelly FurtadoĀ“s level but you know… Even Fergie (who has been on the map with her group recently) would kind of flop. Her music was not amazing and those type of things only happen once (IĀ“m talking about Fergie now)
    Also, I donĀ“t even know if that GwenĀ“s second album had any success? I donĀ“t remember it. I remember “What youĀ“re waiting for”, Hollaback Girl and those singles, but nothing about a second album

    Like she is explaining she is better with no Doubt now. Their last album had some good songs, a couple of them I had them in constant replay

    • ok December 29, 2012

      maybe you should google gwen because it’s obvious you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • JOHNVIDAL December 29, 2012

        I know babe! Maybe you are too young

  9. Hilly December 29, 2012

    Pretending or not, she has released two awesome albums. So i don’t even care. It’s like Justin Timberlake, 2 great albums and goodbye.
    I’m going to watch all her videos on YouTube now!

  10. J December 29, 2012

    L.A.M.B. and The Sweet Escape will go down as classic albums of the 00’s

  11. aryo December 29, 2012

    idc if it was the real her or not , i f***** love her 2 albums
    im actually listening to bubble pop electric rn
    but i think shes lying tbh, she wanna be in no doubt cuz she want that indian ex lover’s d***

  12. LILO December 29, 2012

    It’s a shame she feels that way because I preferred solo Gwen to No Doubt. Just seems like a downgrade/regression that she would trade what was a successful solo career to return to a band that has long since peaked. ND isn’t gonna score any more hits like they did in the late 90s and very early 00s. This latest album pretty much proves that. Thier time has come and gone. Shrugs. Oh well…

    • ok December 29, 2012

      You sound like a 12 year old. Of coarse you don’t think highly of no doubt; you weren’t around to hear them when they first made it because then you would know why no matter how well or bad their album does, they were groundbreaking artists ( when that word used to mean something) and will go down in history for the great things they’ve done for music.

  13. Archie December 29, 2012

    wow!all that good music was out pretense?Gwen Stephanie should go back to pretending

  14. Fierce P**** December 29, 2012

    To that commenter I dont understand the similarities between her and Fergie. Beyonce did not hijack any sound from DC. She sang lead vocals all the time so it’s inevitable her voice would sooner or later be the star voice. I loved Gwen and yeah lady gaga did kinda take her style in 08. I loved Gwen’s funky like pop music. I liked no doubt but Gwen has great star power all by herself.

  15. Suicide Blonde December 29, 2012

    I understand her, i think she could have a wonferful career as a solo artist but she’s at her best with No Doubt + she has always said that if she won’t be as bigger as Madonna, she don’t want a solo career.

    • Suicide Blonde December 29, 2012

      I mean wonderful oops!.

  16. TouchƩ December 29, 2012

    I loved Gwen ever since her No doubt days but I see what she means. She was a lot better and more sincere when she was in No doubt but her solo days were still good just not as great.

  17. Jer December 29, 2012

    Omg please get off her d***. You are such an obvious and basic queen Samantha. Your faves are so obvious and those you are jealous of are even more obvious. Youve been clocked so many times open a damn antique shop ho

  18. Larry Steininger January 5, 2013

    Gwen Stefani is number One eye candy.Gwen Stefani is the most prettiest woman in HollyWood to day. I am a white libra man,my name is Larry Steininger. my birthday is Oct1,1963 I love Gwen stefani. my phone number is 11-626-915-8635

  19. Larry Steininger January 21, 2013

    The mad hater is shill alive

  20. Larry Steininger January 21, 2013

    The mad hater is still alive

  21. Heba August 3, 2013

    Why the hell would you want her to go solo again? No Doubt’s music is so much better, and she’s happier now. Why would you want her to fake it? I just don’t get it.

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