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5 Gwen Stefani Facts that Will Surprise You


American singer Gwen Stefani is a woman of many talents, including songwriter and fashion designer. She’s also mom to 3 boys. While many of her achievements are well-known, including her Grammy nod in 2006 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, these other Gwen Stefani facts may surprise you. For example, did you know that Gwen Stefani and Madonna are related?

#1 Gwen Stefani has Ska Music Roots

Did you know that her on-again, off-again music group No Doubt has ska roots? Yes, when the group first formed in 1986, they primarily did ska type music. Over time, as the group released albums, they picked up punk, pop and rock sounds that made for original hit songs such as “Hey Baby” and “Spiderwebs.”

#2 Gwen Stefani and Madonna are Related

It’s a bit of a stretch, but Gwen Stefani and Madonna are distant relatives. Their family connection is through the mother-in-law of a great aunt. So, they are distant cousins with great vocals – now that’s a surprising fact (the cousin part, not the talent).

#3 Her Workout Routine Features Traditionally Male Exercises

While it’s no secret that the singer has amazing abs, as she often shows through her short shirts during her concert performances, it may surprise you to learn that her workout routine is very male-oriented rather than being one targeted to a female body. She prefers traditional male activities such as boxing and lifting free weights.

Given her toned stomach muscles, arms and legs, I’d say the method is working well for her! Way to kick aside male stereotypes too. If you’re looking to get back on track with your workouts for the New Year or any other time, this fitness guide can help you.

She sings to the crowd

Gwen Stefani in concert at Forum, Copenhagen. Photo source: Laust Ladefoged, CC By 4.0, via Flickr

#4 ‘Hollaback Girl’ Set Records

Her hit single “Hollaback Girl” is a favorite with fans at concerts like the one above. But Gwen Stefani facts lesser known include that it was the first song to sell one million digital downloads legally. That’s pretty amazing considering it was part of her first solo album! It also got several Grammy nods at the 48th ceremony of the awards show.

#5 Gwen Stefani’s Wedding Dress is in a Museum

Remember the unique white-and-pink wedding dress that the singer wore for her 2002 wedding to former “Bush” lead singer Gavin Rossdale? The lovely dress is now on display with the lace veil at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Also in the collection is Kate Moss’ dress that she wore in 2011 when she wed musician Jamie Hince.

Do you know any shocking Gwen Stefani facts?



  1. Aquileana June 24, 2014

    Another interesting fact as to her:

    >Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Stefani donated $1 million to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake–Tsunami Children in Emergency Fun..

    I think her male routine of exercises is really worthwhile… She looks “femininely compact”…

    “Don’t speak” by her group “No doubt” is also an amazing song, which I still love…

    Thanks for sharing this spotlight, Christy.

    Best wishes, Aquileana :D

    1. Christy Birmingham June 26, 2014

      Thanks Aqui for the lovely comment and for adding more details to the post! That’s great to add about her monetary donation – what an awful time that all was with the earthquake…

      Also, “Don’t Speak” is an amazing song, you are right there. Do you know the song “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt as well? It’s got such a unique beat to it.

      Thank-you for your thoughtful comment here! :)

    2. Aquileana June 27, 2014

      Yes, that ‘ s a good one too :D
      Happy weekend ahead, Christy, Aquileana :)

    3. Christy Birmingham June 30, 2014

      Smiles and music time then, sweet AP! xo

  2. D.G.Kaye June 25, 2014

    Fascinating! I love her. :)

    1. Christy Birmingham June 26, 2014

      Thanks, DG! Yes, she’s so confident that I wanted to feature her here :)

  3. Sue Dreamwalker June 27, 2014

    Again this lady is new to me here in the UK,, but I am well behind the pop scene and fashion lol so not so surprising.. However I loved reading and maybe I should take up boxing lol to get rid of my emerging flabby arms LOL ;-) xxx Thank you for sharing these facts.. Hugs Sue xoxox

    1. Christy Birmingham June 27, 2014

      Awe, Sue! Your beauty radiates from within, of that I am sure — we all see it and love it so much xoxo Thanks for joining us here and for saying hi to boxer Stefani too hehe :)

  4. lisa vitagliano November 12, 2014

    gwen is not related by blood to madonna. they just share a relative.

    1. Christy Birmingham November 13, 2014

      Are you related to anyone famous? :)

  5. shehannemoore August 23, 2016

    You know Christy Gwen is not the only one of many talents. I am thinking the dudes need to get their paw in gear and sort out a new award. Telling you now you’d be there as a nominee. x

    1. Christy B August 25, 2016

      Awww you and the dudes are awesome – especially when you keep them in line! xx

    2. shehannemoore August 26, 2016

      I try my humble best but I fear that trying may not be succeeding somehow xxxxxxxxxxx

    3. Christy B August 28, 2016

      The most important thing is to try xx Sending love

  6. shehannemoore August 29, 2016

    Yeah. It ain’t easy with them x

    1. Christy B August 31, 2016

      Giggling :)

    2. shehannemoore September 2, 2016

      Lol tried leaving a comment last night on your latest blog but wordpress were just not for taking it. I think there were problems. Nice post. Love Robert Frost’s poetry.

    3. Christy B September 4, 2016

      Thanks, Shey! I hope the problem resolved itself on WP now.. It’s very nice that you took time to visit! Hope your weekend has been wonderful xx

  7. shehannemoore September 5, 2016

    It has sorted now Christy. Or I’d kick so kick their butts…NOT XX

  8. grevisangel73 February 18, 2017

    My last name is Stefani also, but I don’t think we are related. I would like to know her geneology.

  9. Invisibly Me March 18, 2017

    I never knew that about her dress, nor about Hollaback making the record books for digital sales (quite a catchy track it was too!) x

    1. Christy B March 20, 2017

      Great you learned new tidbits about her here! This season she’s a judge on the TV show The Voice :)

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