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Gwen Stefani shares regrets over last years of No Doubt: “I should have just been with my family”

Gwen Stefani has revealed she has regrets about the later years of No Doubt’s time together, saying she wishes she had “just been with my family”. 

The band are due to play their first live gig since 2015 at Coachella this Saturday (April 13). Stefani and co. will perform on the main stage at 9:25pm between sets by Blur and headliner Tyler, The Creator. 

But in a recent interview with Nylon, the singer has opened up about her regrets at how the band’s original run ended. 

She described feeling like she had “nothing left in her” while working on the group’s final album, 2012’s ‘Push and Shove’. Stefani was married to Bush’s Gavin Rossdale at the time, and she now says she wishes she had stayed home more often with her three kids, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo. 

“I would be leaving my family. And if I didn’t come home with a song, I’d be like, ‘Oh my God, I’m such a loser — I didn’t have dinner with my family, and I didn’t write a song. I wasted an entire day of my life trying to be in No Doubt again’,” she said. 

“I look at it now and think, ‘God, what was I doing trying to please everybody?’ Because really, I should have just been with my family. But we did it, and there are some good songs.” 

The band have no events scheduled for after the festival’s second weekend, although Stefani said earlier this week that she was “open to anything” – despite there being “no concrete plans for touring or new music”. 

“Well, I don’t have a crystal ball,” the frontwoman continued. “Most things have surprised me in life. One of the things I’ve learned is to be present in the moment and try to absorb what’s happening around me instead of looking ahead.” 

Last month, No Doubt shared some behind-the-scenes footage of themselves in rehearsals for Coachella 2024. 

Speaking about No Doubt’s imminent comeback in January, Stefani explained: “It just happened so fast, and that’s my favourite kind of thing to happen. And I think really just watching the internet blow up [with] how excited that the fans are? It’s inspiring us.” 

She continued: “It’s just going to be cool. It’s just going to be: Get up there and do what we always do, which is play our music and try to connect and be so grateful that we got this amazing career that we never expected to have.” 

Check out the full stage times for Coachella weekend one and information on how to stream the festival online here. 

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