In a realm where Cher, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and more major musical maestras over 40 are redefining what it means to be an “aging pop star,” Gwen Stefani suggests her age is the reason her career is nearing the “end of its journey.”
The ‘Hollaback Girl’ hitmaker – whose last studio album, ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like,’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in 2016 (despite its singles’ lack of impact on the Hot 100) – is gearing up for a highly anticipated Vegas residency at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort set for kick off next month (click here to read more about that). Ahead of the show’s debut, Stefani took to press to not only dish on the endeavor but also talk about its perfect timing due to her duties of being a mom and…umm…her age bringing her career to a close.
Sparking rumors of retirement almost instantly, read her words inside:
“Being on-stage for me, I always forget how much it is a part of who I am,” she tells journalist Allison Kugel. “I’ve done it for my whole life pretty much. I always think I don’t want to do it. I always think it’s fine if I never do it again, and then, when I get onstage, even when I’m soundchecking, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I love this! I love my music, I love being up here, I love the attention and I love being able to share that love with people and get that exchange.’
“I don’t understand why I like it so much. It’s my gift. It’s what I’m here for. So this [residency] is perfect. But I’m obviously at the end of my journey of being a musician… because of my age.“
“It’s perfect for me to be able to do a Vegas show because not only does it work for me as a mom, but it also works creatively,” she adds. “It’s new, it’s a challenge. Creatively, I couldn’t have done it any sooner. I had to have all these songs. It just feels like the perfect next chapter for me.” [source]