Gwen Stefani Is Still Upset Over Ex’s Music After 25 Years
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Gwen Stefani admitted all these years later, that she still tears up over the music of her ex-boyfriend’s band, Tragic Kingdom. The two split in 1994.
Gwen Stefani Says She Felt Depressed After Throwback To Relationship With Ex
Gwen Stefani appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week to discuss her new music. Whilst on the topic of songwriting, the musician made an admission about listening back to her ex, Tony Kanal’s old songs about her.
On Monday, the singer said the album released by band, Tragic Kingdom over 25 years ago, brings back ‘a lot of feelings’: “The whole purpose for the Tragic Kingdom is the breakup, the heartbreak. There’s a lot of feelings.”
“Cause those songs were about a really sad time for me,” the 51-year-old added.
Stefani also mentioned that she came across many anniversary posts about the couple’s past relationship, noting it made her feel ‘nostalgic’. “I didn’t know I was going to feel like that. It was kind of depressing,” she told Kimmel. “It was a very strange feeling.”
Stefani And Tony Kanal’s Breakup Story
It’s fair to say Stefani and Tony Kanal‘s breakup was not an easy ride. The singer has mentioned many times that it was her first real relationship and the breakup that followed, left her heartbroken.
“I was in love and obsessed with Tony Kanal, and he knows that,” she told Howard Stern in 2016. After the two split, they released single, ‘Don’t Speak’, claiming she feels weird listening to it: “It’s still weird. Even last night when I sang the song it’s still weird. I just rolled my eyes and walked away [like] really? You’re still feeling that?”
Kanal agreed, telling The Guardian the process of releasing and publicizing the song was ‘brutal’: “We were on tour for Tragic Kingdom for 28 months. We were going through the breakup, and in every interview we were talking about it so we were opening this wound on an hourly basis. It was so brutal but I don’t know how we made it through,”
After the emotional breakup with Kanal, Stefani met Gavin Rossdale, going on to date for seven years.