Gwen Stefani has been open about the fact that her latest single, "Make Me Like You" is about her relationship with Blake Shelton. But as she shared in a recent interview with Us Weekly, Shelton served as an inspiration for her whole album, called This Is What the Truth Feels Like.
The past year was an emotional one for Stefani, after going through a divorce with her husband of 13 years, Gavin Rossdale. Following her decision to file for divorce, Stefani turned to her music, and found comfort in songwriting.
"I didn’t have any kind of musical direction for this album," she said. "Every song was written around emotions...Every song was written purely out of whatever my heart was going through at that moment."
Shelton, who also went through a divorce last year with Miranda Lambert, ended up connecting with Stefani over their shared hardships while both of them were coaches during season nine of The Voice. Stefani said it's almost like fate brought her and Shelton together, and they've been able to bond over their similar experiences and heartbreaks:
"I think that when you go through what I went through, or what I’m still going through, you think you’re hopeless. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You panic. It was a really super-unexpected gift to find a friend, somebody who happened to be going through the exact same thing as me, literally mirroring my experience. I don’t think it’s an accident that that happened. It saved me."
Stefani's new album is set for release on Friday, March 18, and Shelton has his own plans to release a new album, called If I'm Honest, two days later. Shelton's album also includes a lot of personal material, and it seems his new single, "Came Here to Forget," is about his divorce and his new relationship with Stefani.
"I've had a lot of music over the years, but I don't think I've ever had a song before that's such a direct look into my life," Shelton said about the song in a statement.
You can listen to "Came Here to Forget" below.
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