Gwen Stefani confirmed reports of her pregnancy Wednesday night while onstage at her final U.S. tour stop in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
“I want you to sing so loud that the baby hears it,” the 36-year-old singer told the Bank Atlantic Center crowd during a sing-along to her song “Crash.” She patted her famous-but-expanding midsection at the end of the show. Though word of her pregnancy broke Tuesday, her label reps had refused to confirm it.
“I’m really horrible with secrets,” Stefani told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Saturday. “It’s amazing we kept it quiet as long as we did, I suppose.”
Stefani called off plans for a second solo album earlier this month, saying she needed time off to rest (see “Gwen Stefani Holding Off On That Second Solo LP — For Now, Anyway” ), but that turned out not to be the whole story, and Us Weekly reported on Tuesday that the reason why Stefani needed a break was that she and husband Gavin Rossdale were expecting. The magazine said it had confirmation from the singer’s mother and father-in-law.
“We are delighted,” the magazine quoted Douglas Rossdale as saying. When asked if she was excited, Patti Stefani reportedly said, “Yes.” But when the report came out, Stefani’s rep was adamant there was nothing to it, saying, “Her mother and father-in-law did no such thing. Check your sources.”
“[Us Weekly] called my father-in-law in England,” Stefani told the Los Angeles Times. “He’s a retired doctor and just the sweetest man. And they said something like, ‘Congratulations, it’s confirmed, everybody knows. … And he was like, ‘Uh, well, we’re delighted.’ Oops. Then it was like a wildfire.”
Stefani has often talked about wanting a baby, and made reference to it in songs such as “What You Waiting For” (with the clock ticking) and more explicitly in “A Simple Kind of Life,” in which she wishes for a “mistake” with her birth control: “I always thought I’d be a mom/ … You seem like you’d be a good dad.”
Stefani and Rossdale married in September 2002 in two ceremonies, one held in London and another held in Los Angeles. This will be Stefani’s first child and Rossdale’s second; he discovered in 2004 via a paternity test that he was the father of 16-year-old model Daisy Lowe, whose mother, Pearl, was his former girlfriend.
Check out Best of RAW in Overdrive, where Gwen Stefani talks about her hopes for starting a family.
This story was originally published on 12.22.2005 at 4:38 PM EST