Even the most perfect couples have their insecurities.
In a new interview with Chelsea Handler, Gwen Stefani explained how she and her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, came to co-write their duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” and how she was worried about what might happen if she didn’t like the song.
“The story is that he had written this song and sent it to me on my phone,” Stefani shared. “He’s like, ‘I wrote this song.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa, what if I don’t like it? Huge turnoff!'”
Luckily, Stefani did turn out to like the part of the song Shelton sent to her.
“I listened to it and thought, Oh, my God, I love this,” she continued. “He said, ‘Write the rest of it.'”
During her appearance on Handler’s new Netflix series, Chelsea, Stefani also talked about her own songwriting process, and how writing her half of the duet was difficult after the tough year she’s had.
“There was a time when I was really insecure about writing,” she said. “There was such a drought of time when I was so insecure. I think when you have a really long year, you start to compete with your own self and get insecure.”
The duet was definitely inspired by both Stefani’s and Shelton’s divorces last summer. Stefani divorced 11-year husband Gavin Rossdale, while Shelton split from his wife of four years, Miranda Lambert.
“I know that I don’t cowrite that much because I’m very insecure about it, I guess, and [Gwen’s] kind of got her circle of people that she writes with. But for us to reach out to each other as writers, it may never happen again,” Shelton said about the song earlier this month. “I hesitate to brag on it too much, but I really think that it’s as good of a song as I’ve ever written in my life.”