Superstar singer Gwen Stefani stopped by The Today Show to talk with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about her new Christmas album and her holiday special, but the Grammy winner also revealed how grateful she is for her extraordinary life with Blake Shelton and her three boys.
Wearing a sparkling green holiday dress, Stefani talked about her holiday special featuring Shelton, and she confessed that she was responsible for him being the “sexiest man alive.” She explained that when People magazine asked him to do it, it wasn’t something he wanted to do because he doesn’t care about that stuff and doesn’t enjoy photo shoots. But, Stefani told him, “just do it.”
She also let fans in on what life was like for the superstar couple, saying that the two of them love sharing and performing music, but they also love the normal part of life, like hanging out and eating pizza and spending time with their kids. She also said that going to Oklahoma adds another layer to that because there is so much downtime there.
Before her relationship with Shelton, the only nature she and her boys had was the beach, because they live in California. But now, they often visit Shelton’s Oklahoma ranch, and Gwen Stefani says that for her boys, it’s “freedom.”
The ranch is also the place where Stefani first had ideas for her new holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas. She said she was out running when she started to ask herself what a Stefani Christmas album would sound like. She said a good original holiday tune is part of the joy of Christmas and it makes her a part of people’s lives through music.
She also told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that she has always wanted to write a hit holiday song.
“I’ve wanted to do a Christmas record forever. The idea of having a Christmas hit … that was kind of like my dream to be able to write one of those,” said Stefani.
Eventually, a whole chorus came to her for the song that ended up being Christmas Eve. There are other original tracks, including the title song, which is a duet with Blake Shelton, and the song When I Was a Little Girl, which Stefani says came from thoughts of when she was a kid and prayed about the future man in her life, wondering who he would be.
She also covers holiday classics like Let It Snow and White Christmas.
She says that her life has so been extraordinary since the beginning and she is grateful. She has the greatest parents, who were high school sweethearts and are still married, and she ended up with a career in music. She said it was never a dream of hers, but it just happened. Now, after being in the lowest of places and suffering from heartbreak, Gwen Stefani finds herself in the most amazing time in her life.