Her fiance Blake Shelton was recently named People’s Sexiest Man Alive.
Not to be outdone, Gwen Stefani has nabbed a magazine cover of her own, fronting Marie Claire’s holiday issue.
The 48-year-old divorcee reflects on the heartache she had endured before meeting Blake, in the issue.
‘For a long time, I could not understand why I’d had so much heartache in my life,’ she admitted. ‘I have parents who are still married and in love. I had such loving role models. I don’t understand it.’
‘I don’t understand it’: Gwen Stefani spills about her past heartache as she covers Marie Claire
But she said she now sees that the pain had a purpose.
‘What I learned was that my heartbreak was supposed to happen, that it was my purpose to write about and share my story,’ Gwen told Marie Claire.
‘I met at least 50 to 100 people before each show on my tour and got to hear that my truth and my story translated, and I feel very lucky and honored knowing that.’
Before Blake, the platinum blonde – who modeled Cartier rings on the magazine cover – had only gone through two serious romances.
When you got it: In one of her eye-catching photos for the magazine, Gwen showed off her enviably trim midriff in a slinky white Roberto Cavalli frock
She dated her onetime No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal for seven years, and had a 20-year-relationship with her now former husband Gavin Rossdale.
The marriage lasted from 2002 until 2016 and produced three sons – Kingston, 11, Zuma, nine, and Apollo, three.
Gwen had filed for divorce in August 2015.
By that November, Blake and Gwen had officially confirmed they were an item, after a swirl of rumors to this effect.
‘I had such loving role models’: The 48-year-old divorcée confided inside: ‘For a long time, I could not understand why I’d had so much heartache in my life’
She told Marie Claire about visiting ‘my best friend’ Blake’s Oklahoma ranch, saying: ‘It’s very tribal. Blake has a sister, she comes with her kids.
‘We cook and get muddy and dirty. There are ATV’s. Being a mother of three boys, it’s kind of the perfect place. Everything is real now, whereas before, things didn’t seem so real.’
The frequent church goer also talked to magazine about worship, saying: ‘Spiritual exercise got me somewhere. Some people like to meditate, do yoga, or just take quiet time, but for me – instead of how you talk to yourself, you pray.’
Said Gwen: ‘You surrender and ask for guidance. It’s not all about you.’
The Fullerton-born pop star, who released her first holiday album You Make It Feel Like Christmas last month, discussed her professional ambitions as well.
‘I would love to do something like [write a musical], just be a part of a writing thing, because that confidence has come back now, and I know I have something to offer.’
Smoldering: Gwen Stefani covered Marie Claire ‘s holiday issue in a sheer polka-dotted David Koma dress, accessorizing with Cartier jewelry
So sweet: Gwen called Blake ‘my best friend’ in the magazine
The songbird said: ‘It used to be such a stress; there was so much doubt in me – now it’s like: “Well, just go and write and write a song.”‘
In one of her eye-catching photos for the magazine, Gwen showed off her trim midriff in a slinky white Roberto Cavalli frock.
Wearing flashy jewelry, she lifted both her hands up to the sides of her forehead, displaying her scarlet-painted fingernails.
Gwen flashed a bit of leg in black La Perla underwear for another photo, draping herself in a thick Normal Kamali jacket and pulling on Capezio tights.
Thigh’s the limit: Gwen strutted her stuff in a pair of camel suede thigh-high boots as she arrived at a studio in Midtown, New York, for filming on Monday morning
Green goddess: The mother-of-three looked incredible as she wandered around the set of The Today Show in a dazzling emerald gown
Talented: The musician was filming a performance segment for the show