Even though it is a belief and hope that defies the realm of logic, we often can’t help but hope that our favorite celebrities getting together in a romantic relationship will be the eluding evidence of eternal love we pray for. This despite the fact that time after time, they break up, often unceremoniously. Yet, that belief remains and when Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale became a thing, our belief was rekindled again.
For thirteen years, it appeared as though we had finally found our winner, the one relationship that will prove the existence of true love among celebrities until that inevitable news came that Gwen and Gavin were getting divorced. Needless to say, we were shattered.
Having been divorced for a few years now, and with Gwen finding love again in the arms of Blake Shelton, let’s revisit why one of the most famous couples in Hollywood history broke up.
How Did Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Meet?
You have heard the story told in plenty of movies and musicals over the years. A charismatic musician on tour, through a series of coincidence, meets a reserved girl who was dragged out to a concert by her more outgoing friend. It is a beautiful story and the incident that led to the meeting of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale bears a close resemblance.
Instead of your reserved girl, it was two musicians who met when both of their bands were on tour. Gwen and Gavin met in 1995 when No Doubt and Bush toured together with the Goo Goo Dolls. Gwen was touring with No Doubt, where she was the lead vocalist and Gavin was the lead singer of Bush. On the day they met, Gwen opened for Rossdale’s band in London.
After they met, Gavin, who had taken interest in Gwen Stefani, threw a party in New Orleans as part of the tour. The party, according to Gavin himself, was just an excuse for him to hang out with her and that they did.
Both Gavin and Gwen hung out, drinking alcohol, particularly hurricanes and spent time in the famous French Quarter. In the night, which was their first date, they kissed for the first time. After the alcohol cleared up the following day, they met up and were still very much into each other. And thus began their relationship, which lasted for six years before they took things to the next level and got engaged. Gavin Rossdale, who was an old-fashioned man, asked the permission of Gwen’s father before proposing to her in January 2002.
In September of the same year, just nine months after they got engaged, the couple finally became a married couple. The wedding ceremony which held in a 17th-century churchyard in London, was a publicized affair that had several stars in the industry in attendance. A total of 150 guests in attendance watched Gwen Stefani walk down the aisle in a white and pink Dior gown designed by John Galliano. The couple held another ceremony after the original wedding in London, for Gwen Stefani’s family and their friends.
In October 2004, the couple, who had now been married for two years were rocked by their first controversy when rumors of Gavin Rossdale fathering a child hit the airwaves. After a period of maneuvering around the subject and a string of legal letters, Gavin finally took a paternity test and it was confirmed that Gavin, indeed, is the father of the child, who at the time was 15-year-old runaway model, Daisy Lowe.
It was a difficult time for the couple who were yet to have children of their own but they made it out of the controversy, and finally gave birth to their first child in May 2006. The child, a son, was named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale and after two years, the couple welcomed a second child in August 2008, another son whom they named Zuma Nested Rock Rossdale.
In September 2012, having been a married couple for ten years and given the world a reason to believe in love again, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale celebrated their tenth anniversary. During the event, which included an interview granted to the press, Gwen famously called the marriage her biggest accomplishment.
Such commitment to the marriage was considered by many to be a sign that Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani were going to be together for a long time to come and for the next three years, it appeared that would be the case, so much that in February 2014, about a year before they got divorced, Gwen gave birth to the couple’s third child, a son named Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale who was born on the 28th of February.
Well into the later months of 2014 and the early months of 2015, the couple continued to appear to be happy together, as they attended various events together, with both of them continuing in each other’s praise. By the fourth of July in 2015, both Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale looked happy together in the Independence Day celebrations. Then in August 2015, the news broke.
Why Did They Split?
In August 2015, after the fourth of July celebrations and about a month before their thirteenth anniversary, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale announced they were no longer together. The news came as a shock to everyone who had been a fan of the couple for the two decades they were a couple. With the announcement seemingly coming out of nowhere, curiosity was quickly piqued as to why such an announcement came from the couple.
While the divorce papers revealed the couple was getting divorced for ‘irreconcilable differences’ which has yet to be confirmed by either of the couple to date, investigation revealed that Gavin Rossdale was cheating on Gwen with their nanny, Mindy Mann. As the investigation grew, more facts began to emerge, including the identity of Mindy Mann, who was discovered to bear a shocking resemblance to Gwen Stefani, particularly in her sense of style.
It was also discovered that while the alleged infidelity with Mindy Mann was the last straw that broke the camel’s back, it was not the first time during their marriage that Gavin had cheated on her. According to an interview in 2010, Courtney Love confessed to having sex with Gavin Rossdale. At the time, however, Gwen Stefani knew of the affair and forgave Gavin.
But the nanny proved to be too much as it was a recurrent affair, with a particularly devasting revelation that Gavin had sex with their nanny after he left Gwen Stefani’s side the day she gave birth to their third child.
Where are Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale now?
Despite the unfortunate incident that led to their divorce, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have chosen to remain the best co-parents to their children. So far, that has turned out to be a less scandalous affair. Individually, both parties have moved on from the marriage, with the most definitive evidence being Gwen Stefani’s relationship with Blake Shelton.
Blake Shelton is a country musician who is widely considered one of the icons of the genre. He began his career in 2001 after he released the single, Austin. He has since released over 10 albums, including his debut album, Blake Shelton which was his breakthrough album.
Blake has sold several million records and has recorded other major achievements such as getting nominated for the Grammy Awards seven times and having 33 charting singles, 24 of which were number one, with seventeen of them debuting at number one consecutively, a record in Country music chart.
Gwen Stefani, who is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, began her relationship with Blake Shelton on November 2015 after they met for the first the year before as judges on The Voice. At the time, both Blake and Gwen were married, with Blake married to Miranda Lambert. That all changed in July 2015 when Blake and Miranda announced their divorce, with Gwen’s announcement coming a month after in August.
By November, the couple, through a representative, confirmed to the public that they were officially a couple. They have remained together ever since, with their public appearances and social media posts suggesting that their relationship is getting stronger by the day. With their relationship growing with each passing day and each Instagram post, rumors of a possible wedding have been swirling around but so far, nothing has been confirmed by the couple.
As for Gavin Rossdale, who is the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band, Bush and the lead singer for the band, Institute, he has moved on to a much younger woman, the model, Natalie Golba. The exact date they began dating is unknown but so far, the couple has been seen attending major Hollywood events together, including the premiere of the 2019 movie, John Wick 3.
Prior to meeting Natalie Golba, Gavin Rossdale was in a relationship with Sophia Thomalla a model, who was first discovered to be in a relationship with Gavin in March 2017 when she was spotted kissing the Bush musician after a date in London. They were together for over a year, well into November 2018 when they reportedly broke up.