Gwen Stefani: “I Have Learned to Delegate”

Gwen Stefani poses for the January cover of Marie Claire while opening up about her struggle to balance her career with motherhood.

The No Doubt singer admits that is a struggle to balance a successful designing and music career while being a full-time mom to sons Kingston, 6, and Zuma, 4.

“I was swimming upstream, trying to balance everything that’s been going on with having kids and a family…I would be up all night because my second baby didn’t sleep, and he had a lot of ear infections. Then I’d wake up in the morning and do my workout, which I always felt I had to do, and then meetings for my three clothing lines, and then hang out with my kids, take them to preschool – da, da, da.”

While recording No Doubt’s latest album Push and Shove, the singer detailed that her schedule was so hectic she had to give up something.

“At four o’clock, I’d be like, “All right, I’m out of here. I’m going to go to the studio and try to write a record. I’d sit on the couch [with my band mates] and be like, ‘Let’s do this now, because I’m missing time with the kids. I could be having dinner with them and putting them to bed.’ It was really hard.”

“This past year, I kind of stopped working out. I think my body just needed a break. And so I did that and focused more on feeling good as opposed to beating myself up.”

“I have learned to delegate. I’ve got myself in a whole lot of trouble by not saying no.”

To read the full interview pick up Marie Claire now on news stands.