Gwen Stefani, known by most as the lead singer of the popular ska band No Doubt, was born on October 3rd, 1969 in Orange County, California to Italian father Dennis and Scottish-Irish mother Patti. She was raised in southern California along with her older brother Eric and her younger siblings Todd and Jill. She was on the swim team while attending Loara High School, and also worked part-time jobs at Dairy Queen and at the make-up counter of a department store. She attended California State University in Fullerton. During her high school years, Gwen was content with life and dreamed of nothing more than being a mother and homemaker -- that is, until her brother Eric formed the band No Doubt with his friend John Spence in 1986.
Gwen agreed to join No Doubt as co-lead singer, and after John Spence committed suicide in 1987, she became the sole lead singer. Also in 1987, Gwen began a relationship with fellow band member Tony Kanal, after some initial resistance by Kanal in an attempt to avoid tension for the band. By 1991, No Doubt was gaining recognition and signed with Interscope Records. Their self-titled debut album in 1992 was a flop, but Gwen did not give up. After seven years, Gwen's relationship with Tony Kanal ended in 1994, and Gwen's brother Eric left the band, making things even harder. Gwen took that pain and used it to write some of the songs on the band's second album Tragic Kingdom, which launched them into success. Fans came to know Gwen's signature look and style as she graced countless magazine covers, while the band continued to grow in popularity throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.
After meeting her future husband Gavin Rossdale at a gig in late 1995 or 1996, the two began a long-distance relationship. Though it was rocky at times, they eventually got married on September 14th, 2002 with a ceremony in London. Two weeks later on September 28th they had another private ceremony in Los Angeles.
In 2004 No Doubt took a break from producing songs, and Gwen decided to launch a solo career, as well as branching out into other fields such as acting and creating her own fashion labels. Though she initially only planned on releasing one solo album, Gwen's solo project quickly expanded. The 2004 release of Love.Angel.Music.Baby. was a huge success, earning her Grammy nominations, #1 chart status, and global recognition. Gwen also formed her own posse of four Asian girls, aptly named Love, Angel, Music, and Baby (or The Harajuku Girls as a whole), as a tie-in to the fashionable Japanese-style feel her album had. The Harajuku Girls also appeared in several of Gwen's music videos.
Also in 2004, it was discovered that Gwen's husband Gavin had a daughter through another woman. That did not destroy their marriage though, and in 2005 they announced they were having a baby of their own. On May 26th, 2006, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale was born in Los Angeles. On December 5th, 2006, Gwen released her second solo album, The Sweet Escape which, similar to her first solo album, contained several collaborations with well-known artists.
On August 21st, 2008, Gwen gave birth to her second son, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale. Not wasting any time, she reunited with No Doubt in 2009 as they commenced a summer tour. Another album is currently in progress and Gwen and her band are showing no signs of slowing down.… Expand