Gavin Rossdale opened up about how he and ex-wife Gwen Stefani take different approaches to raising their three sons.
The 57-year-old musician and the 53-year-old singer, who were married from 2002 to 2016, share sons Kingston, 17, Zuma, 14, and Apollo, 9. During an appearance on Thursday’s episode of the “Not So Hollywood” podcast, Rossdale was asked about how he makes co-parenting work with Stefani.
“I think you can go one or two ways,” the Bush frontman said. “You can either do everything together and really co-parent and see how that goes, or you just parent. And I think we just parent.
“We’re very different people,” he added. “I don’t think there’s much similarity in the way we bring them up, but I think that gives them an incredible perspective to then choose which of which pieces of those two lives they’d like to inherit and move on with and which part of themselves comes out of the whole process.
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“What’s important is to give them a wide view of things. And we definitely have some particularly opposing views. So, I think that would be really helpful for them to make up their own minds, as they should as individuals.”
The “Glycerine” singer explained he and “The Voice” judge split time they have with their children.
“So, when I have them, doing my thing, my way of things, and then the other way, the other way,” Rossdale said.
“I think that they are now at the age where they’re starting to appreciate which elements of which house they might take on into adulthood,” he elaborated. “And maybe none of it, you know, maybe they sort of like become something different.
“Whether you co-parent or parent — and I definitely parent — it’s just about I know that wherever they are, either house, they’re loved and supported.”
Fox News Digital has reached out to a rep for Stefani for comment.
The London native is also a father to daughter Daisy Lowe, 34, with fashion designer Pearl Lowe.
In 2021, Stefani married fellow “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton after six years of dating.
During his appearance on the “Not So Hollywood” podcast, Rossdale talked about the “amazing” experience of watching his sons grow up.
“Every week is a new development,” he said. “Every week is a new thing. And so it’s magical for them.
“I feel good. The main thing is I’m really connected to them. That’s all I care about. Super connected to them and to talk to them all the time, and I’m with them. And so that’s, I think, really essential. It’d be so sad to be any other way.”
Rossdale also shared details about which of his sons are already following in the footsteps of their musician parents.
“I’ve tried Zuma, he was playing drums,” Rossdale said. “My middle one was playing drums. And so we had a lot of drums in the garage in the beginning.
“He’s getting back into it, but Kingston just turned 17. He’s incredible as a songwriter, as a singer, as a musician. Really way better than I was ever at 17. So, who knows what the future holds for him, but he’s recording stuff and super legit and that’s what he wants to do, and he’s nuts.”
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“He’s very, very good,” Rossdale added. “He has this innate ear for melody, which is beautiful.”
The Grammy Award nominee said that Apollo is a “star quarterback” on his school’s football team. Rossdale explained that he planned his upcoming tour dates around Apollo’s football schedule so he could attend all of his games.
At the beginning of the episode, Rossdale said he had just left Zuma’s eighth-grade graduation.
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“It was really emotional actually,” he said. “Seeing what these kids have been through, and you see the footage of them from when they first went to the school, first day of school, and getting to know each other and all that stuff … so yeah, it was emotional.”
Rossdale also revealed he is single after going through a painful breakup with an unnamed woman.
“I did have a great time with a great person who left me in a spectacular way,” he said. “That was unfortunate. But then it really fed into my music, so I have a very twisted approach to life where I can just monetize my pain.”
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The singer shared that he met his last girlfriend at the premiere of his 2021 movie “Habit.” He explained that he has been on and off the celebrity dating app Raya but prefers to meet potential romantic partners in person.
“I think it’s better to meet people in real life,” he said. “It just feels better, but it is really hard to do that.”