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Gwen Stefani opens up about her children's dyslexia in rare interview

The Hollaback Girl singer got real about obstacles her children face

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Jessica Finn
Jessica Finn - New York
Senior US WriterNew York
16 December 2020
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Gwen Stefani opened up in a new interview about how both she and her sons have had to battle dyslexia, which is a genetic learning disorder.

During her chat with Apple's Zane Lowe, Gwen admitted she didn't know that she herself had dyslexia until she had her children. The Voice coach shares three children, Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, six, with her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale

“One thing that I’ve discovered through having kids is that I have dyslexia — everyone has things that happen and mine was that,” the Grammy winner said during her interview earlier this week.

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“And I feel like a lot of the problems that I have had or even decisions that I’ve made for myself stem from that, because now the children — obviously, it’s all genetic — they have some of those issues.”

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Gwen Stefani with her sons Zuma, Apollo and Kingston. She says her children have inherited her dyslexia 

The Hollaback Girl singer says her children have advantages she did not have as a child which make overcoming something like dyslexia easier.

“They have these incredible teachers and schools, and they don’t have to have shame about it,” Gwen explained. 

“They understand that their brain functions in a different way. All of our brains do, you know what I mean?” she added.

 The singer says she failed at school despite being generally a good girl. “I was a good girl. I didn’t do any bad stuff. It was just really hard for me to function in that square box of school that everybody was supposed to be understanding. And my brain didn’t work like that; it still doesn’t.

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Gwen is engaged to Blake Shelton who proposed to her in October

"But it works in different ways that are probably a gift that other people can’t do.”  

Gwen is now engaged to country crooner Blake Shelton.  In October, Blake proposed to Gwen, with the pair sharing the exciting news on social media shortly afterwards. What's more, Blake revealed that he had received help from Gwen's three sons, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo, who he has a close bond with.

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