Gwen Stefani has revealed that she's found the past couple of years gruelling - what with No Doubt's reunion, running her fashion label and the small matter of being a mother and wife - so much so that she's admitted something had to give. That something was excercise.
Although you wouldn't know it to look at her, Gwen has told Marie Claire that she made the decision to stop working out, as well as learning the art of delegating, to help her deal with her hectic schedule.
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'I was swimming upstream, trying to balance everything that's been going on with having kids and a family. There's no way to do all these things.'
She added: 'I would be up all night because my second baby didnít sleep, and he had a lot of ear infections. Then Iíd wake up in the morning and do my workout, which I always felt I had to do, and then meetings for my three clothing lines, and then hang out with my kids, take them to preschool Ė da, da, da.
'At four oíclock, Iíd be like, "Alright, Iím out of here. Iím going to go to the studio and try to write a record." Iíd sit on the couch [with my band mates] and be like, "Letís do this now, because Iím missing time with the kids. I could be having dinner with them and putting them to bed." It was really hard.'
Her solution? To be a little easier on herself.
'I've learned to delegate.' Speaking about her fashion label, L.A.M.B., she added: 'It still looks awesome, but did I pick the buttons? No, I didn't. I missed two fashion weeks because they were when school started. I can't miss the first week of kindergarten.'
The full interview with Gwen is in our January issue, available on newsstands now.
As Gwen Stefani admits it's hard, if not impossible, to have it all, do you agree? Have you had to make sacrifices for your family? Let us know in the comment box below.