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.
The break-up inspired Stefani to think more creatively. ”Before, I was really passive, all I cared about was being in love with my boyfriend,” Stefani explained. “I didn’t have any creative power, nothing. I don’t know that person any more. But I’d been really bad at school and didn’t know what I would do, I just sang in my brother’s band. But after the breakup I just started writing all these songs and suddenly I was: ‘Oh I think I’m really good at this!’”
“Don’t Speak” was my jam back in they day.