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Gwen Stefani reveals awkward conversation about famous ex-boyfriend with son Apollo: 'It was weird'

Gwen will reunite with Tony Kanal when No Doubt perform at Coachella 2024

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Jenni McKnight
US Lifestyle Editor
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Gwen Stefani has recalled a "weird" conversation she had with her youngest son, Apollo, after it was revealed, she will reunite with her ex-boyfriend, Tony Kanal, at Coachella 2024. 

The Hey Baby singer admitted that her nine-year-old was intrigued to find out what his mom's ex looked like after it was announced Gwen would reunite with her No Doubt bandmates for their first performance in nine years in April. 

"I had to literally lay in bed with Apollo and he’s like, 'But mom, what is Coachella? Everyone's saying it. What is this? It sounds like it’s a big deal,'" the 54-year-old People

gwen stefani and son apollo© Instagram
Gwen's son Apollo quizzed her on her ex-boyfriend, Tony Kanal

"So, we had to watch the Don't Speak video, and he's like, 'But wait, which one was your boyfriend?'" she added, referring to bassist Tony, whom Gwen dated for several years. 

"It was so weird and so funny," she recalled. "I literally had to tell him each band member." 

Gwen and Tony began dating when they were teenagers and stayed together for several years but when they split, he admitted having to continue working together was "brutal". 

Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal
Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal dated for several years

"We were on tour for the [album] Tragic Kingdom for 28 months. We were going through a breakup, and in every interview, we were talking about it," he previously said. 

"So, we were opening this wound on an hourly basis. It was so brutal, but I don't know how we made it through," he added. 

Despite the uncomfortable situation, Gwen and Tony managed to remain friends. She ultimately went on to marry Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and have three children with him before they split. Gwen is now married to Blake Shelton

Gwen Stefani and her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale, posed with Tony and his wife Erin © Getty Images
Gwen and her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale, remained friends with Tony and his wife Erin

Tony, meanwhile, married American home designer, Erin Lokitz, in 2014, and they went on to welcome two daughters. 

Apollo's interest in his mom's musical history, made Gwen realize just how much time has passed since she was last with No Doubt, which also includes guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young. 

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani at the 2023 CMT Music Awards held at Moody Center on April 2, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Variety via Getty Images)© Christopher Polk
Gwen is now married to Blake Shelton

"That's how much time's gone by because [Apollo]'s going to be 10! It's just another miracle and a blessing. And it was surreal for me," she noted. "I feel like we're in the future and lightning just struck and [No Doubt] is like, 'Here we are!'" 

Speaking about what fans can expect from their upcoming performance, Gwen teased: "It's just going to be cool. It's just going to be: get up there and do what we always do, which is play our music and try to connect and be so grateful that we got this amazing career that we never expected to have." 

Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont of No Doubt © Getty Images
Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont of No Doubt

"You've got to remember; we were in No Doubt for nine years before Just a Girl got on the radio. We weren't doing it to make it. And so now to be here in 2024 and have that excitement of the announcement? It's beyond." 

No Doubt's reunion was announced earlier this month when Gwen teased the news by first sharing a video of a Zoom call with her bandmates after texting them to say she missed them. 

Fans think Gwen looks 'unrecognizable' in resurfaced throwback photo© Getty
Gwen became a household name when No Doubt shot to fame

She then shared a poster of the line-up for April's festival, with No Doubt featured prominently on the bill alongside headliners Lana Del Dey, Tyler, The Creator, and Doja Cat.

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