Gwen Stefani does Elle magazine

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Just in time for No Doubt’s comeback tour, Gwen Stefani appears on the July 2009 cover of Elle magazine.

The 39-year-old rocker turned pop star tells the mag that getting back together with her band came with some complications, plus she reveals her challenges with being a mom. Here are some interview highlights:

On being a mother: “It’s one thing when you have an infant, but when you have this two-or three-year-old going, ‘Mommy, what’s the deal?’ it’s harder. Kingston’s whole thing is, ‘I need, I need.’ He is insane right now. We’re just hoping for the best and that he’s not going to turn out to be a freak, but we’ll see.”

On celebrity: “Obviously, I’m not anything more than I am. I’m just, like, totally normal. The fact that any of this has happened, that we’re sitting here at the Beverly Hills Hotel just gets me going, like, What?”

On leaving No Doubt: “Everybody’s making it like there’s all this new tension, you know, like I stepped away from the band and now they’re jealous of me, and look, maybe there is a little bit of that.”

On how her priorities changed from band to family: “I wasn’t even married. Now I’m a wife and a mother of two. It’s a really different role. I always referred to No Doubt as a marriage, because that’s what it’s like to be together for so long and go through what we’ve been through. I can’t really have that relationship with them anymore. My priorities are always going to be my husband and my family now. That’s a huge, huge thing.”

Check out the new issue of the mag for the full story on Gwen Stefani, on newsstands June 15th. The last time the singer landed on Elle was back in February 2007, as photographed by Gilles Bensimon.

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