This post-divorce announcement phase in Gwen Stefani’s outrageously fascinating career is one those times where as a manager, you take your client into a dark room, tie them to a chair and slap them, even if they’re crying. You tell them you know they’re hurting and that you know their greatest musical creations come from the most terrible heartache, then you vow to destroy any evidence of the video for ‘Used To Love You’. Unwatchable would be a generous term for what this is, of course now you have to watch it or you’ll never know. I actually do like the song.
The only person more upset about this divorce than the immediately involved parties is me. It took me years to accept that I’d lost Gavin, the love of my pre-adolescent life, to my most influential female hero. Their love gave me hope and now it’s flickered out. Once I had a dream that I was at Gwen and Gavin’s house and it was a real mess so I helped them clean up. They told me their life was in shambles just like mine only they had more stuff and were playing with higher stakes. I love you so much Gx, your greatness is too expansive to fill the confines of your pain, please Jesus someone just get her in the studio and lock the door.