FAB Cover: Gwen Stefani covers Vogue for January 2013 in amazing Saint Laurent number

Stunning in Saint Laurent and looking every inch her rock self in the ensemble, the 43-year-old rock star, wife and mother of two rocked on the juicy cover of Vogue after an (unbelievably) eight-year absence from gracing the magazine’s cover.

Gwen opened up to Vogue about life as a musician, wife, mom and band member, stating the many sacrifices she and her husband have had to make to balance both demanding worlds. “”One thing we’ve had in our relationship the whole time is that we can have it both ways: together, not together, and it’s fine. But when you have kids? It’s not so great. They need him. Once you have a family, it’s just so obvious how everyone needs each other. So it’s really nice to have him back. Getting to the studio and not being able to make it happen, but missing out on being at home, missing out on putting the kids down. What’s more important? I felt so guilty, “‘I am letting everyone down in the studio right now; I’m letting down my kids; I’m letting down myself.’ Because time was so precious.”

“It’s super fun being a mom, but it’s not what you think it’s going to be. And it’s really gradual. At first, your life is totally the same. You have this cute little thing that you get to drive around everywhere and you’re so proud and it’s amazing. And as they grow older, it really does start to change your life. Like, ‘Oh, my God, they have school, they have to get through first grade, they have to learn to read.’”

The mother of two, whose band also had to withstand breaks every now and then – a total of 11 years! – as a result of adjusting to her married life (she celebrated 10th year wedding anniversary recently) released their sixth studio album, Push and Shove, in September 2012 after the extended break.

“It starts getting so serious, and you’re like, ‘Aaaaaaah!’ And to do all that while sustaining this insane childhood of my own. . . .  I’ve never had to grow up in a way. When you think about it, [No Doubt was] in college together, and then we made our first record, and then we just took off and stayed in this bubble. Time kind of stops when you’re in a band. It’s this suspended childhood, and it’s really awesome, that part of it. But then when you have a family of your own, it forces you to go into the adult world a little bit more.”

And on ups and downs in relationships, Gwen doesn’t deny having any of those but offers her way of escape. “You have to work at it. But, actually, it’s fun to get to this point. Because you learn so much about somebody. It’s like these wars that go on and then you kind of get through it to the other side, and it’s like, ‘Wow.’ And obviously, you get stronger. And then having kids takes the whole relationship to another place. It is the ultimate collaboration. Both of us have such strong opinions about how it should be, and it’s really fun to do it together.”

Watch the video for Push and Shove

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Gwen looked really cool. Tell us if you think Gwen strikes all the right cords on this cover.

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