Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale went their separate ways in 2015 after their marriage came crashing down in a very messy way, and that’s putting it mildly. Their split, which sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, was muddied by scandalous and jaw-dropping details. Prior to their marriage, neither Gwen nor Gavin were tabloid fodder but after their marriage, they were constantly in the media. Keep reading to learn the secret that ultimately led to their split and subsequent divorce which was finalized in April 2016.
How They Both Met
The two music stars from two different countries were originally brought together thanks to touring. It was in 1995 when their bands – Gwen’s No Doubt and Gavin’s Bush performed together at a holiday concert for an LA radio station known as KROQ. However, they didn’t begin dating officially until much later. During a brief break they had, Gavin began dating Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love.
The love birds somehow got together again and by 2002, precisely on the 14th of September, they were married in Coventry Garden, London. Two years after their marriage, in May 2004, they welcomed their first of three sons named Kingston. Two other sons, Zuma and Apollo, would later follow in 2008 and 2014 respectively.
The Real Reasons Gwen Stefani And Gavin Rossdale Got Divorced In 2015
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s relationship reportedly began to turn sour around 2013/2014, when Gwen was pregnant with their third child. In 2015, reports surfaced that Gwen had discovered that her husband was cheating on her with their nanny, Mindy Mann, in an affair that had been going on, unknown to her, for about three years. Before we delve into the details of Rossdale’s alleged affair, here is a look at other possible reasons that could have put a strain and Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s marriage.
Rossdale’s Love Child
Out of the blues, in 2004, two years after Gwen and Gavin’s marriage, reports surfaced that Gavin Rossdale had fathered a lovechild with Pearl Lowe, an English fashion and textiles designer. The fact that it took a paternity test to confirm Rossdale as the father of the child meant that Stefani could have also not been in the know of her husband’s relationship with Lowe. Their child, a daughter named Daisy Rebecca Lowe, was born in 1989, she is now a model.
Rossdale’s Relationship with a Man
In 1995, Gavin Rossdale outrightly denied the claims Boy George made in his autobiography, Take It Like A Man, that he was in a gay relationship with Peter Robinson, aka Marilyn. However, in 2003, Robinson dedicated his song “Hold on Tight” to Rossdale in honor of the years when they had a passionate relationship. Rossdale by 2009 finally opened up about his 1980s relationship with Robinson. And from the look of things, it is highly unlikely that his wife Stefani knew all along.
The Nanny Affair
In February 2015, Gwen discovered that her nanny, Mindy, whom she had employed to help with her children was having an affair with her husband. Gwen immediately fired her. Several sources revealed that whenever Gwen was away, Mindy would take the kids to visit Rossdale when he was on tour and have sex with him when the kids were asleep.
While Gwen hasn’t exactly detailed what happened, she wrote the song Used To Love and its succeeding album This Is What the Truth Feels Like, about her relationship with Rossdale. She revealed that she wrote the album when she discovered her husband’s cheating. In “Used To Love” Gwen speaks about a moment when something major happened that ultimately led to the divorce.
In a 2016 interview, Gwen said that no one knew the specifics of her divorce except those involved and that no one would actually believe her if she was to detail exactly what happened. When asked if she knew all along that something was up with Rossdale, she told the interviewer that everything was in the 2016 album. Stefani also added that the events leading to her break up put her through moments of torture.
Gavin Rossdale has also not given specifics about the divorce but in his interview with Fabulous Magazine, he admitted that he wasn’t happy with the divorce and that there were many things he could have done differently looking back. He also hinted that he had regrets and that, regardless of the split, still thought that Gwen is an incredible person.
Gwen has long moved on with country star and her The Voice co-judge Blake Shelton. Rossdale, on the hand, has dated other people since then including a reported fling with Tiger Wood‘s ex-wife, Elin Nordegren.