Gwen Stefani Confirms "Make Me Like You" Is About Blake Shelton, Gets Blindsided by No Doubt's New Punk Band

Singer appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss her new album This Is What the Truth Feels Like

By Zach Johnson Feb 17, 2016 1:19 PMTags

Gwen Stefani made history at the 2016 Grammys.

In partnership with Target, the 46-year-old singer became the first-ever person to film a live music video (for her new single "Make Me Like You") during a four-minute commercial break. "I can't believe that happened," she confessed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday. "That was a trip."

"They'd been talking about it since Christmas and planning it. Every little detail counts. There's hundreds of people working there," the pop star told host Jimmy Kimmel. "I personally worked on it probably like six days, maybe, at the most, [but] like 7 in the morning 'til 3 in the morning."

Stefani also cleared some confusion regarding the crash scene that appears in the "Make Me Like You" music video. "Everybody thinks that was me, but there was a stunt double," the singer said. "We did that on purpose so people would go, 'Oh, my God! It's live and she fell.'"

Of course, Kimmel had to ask Stefani about the music video's references to her love life. "You had a neon sign that said Blake's. Now, was that for Blake Lively or Blake Griffin, or perhaps maybe another?" he joked. Stefani tried to play coy, telling him, "I don't know. That was just a coincidence. I don't know why they put that. That was weird." Kimmel then tried a more direct approach, asking his guest, "That song is about Blake Shelton?" Stefani laughed at his boldness before answering. "It is, actually," she said. "I will admit that that song is about that guy, yeah."

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"Isn't it great that you can take something in your life and you can actually make something out of it that's a creative expression?" Kimmel asked. Stefani, who split with her husband, Gavin Rossdale in 2015, said her new album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, is about love lost and love gained. "What's so crazy is that sometimes tragedy, if you really absorb it, you can turn it into something beautiful," she said. "And this whole album is about trying to take something that's awful, and just, I don't know, healing from it and then turning it into something beautiful."

Later on, Kimmel brought up the other elephant in the room. "No Doubt, they've taken on a new lead singer," he told the frontwoman. "I hope this is not the first you're hearing about it."

"I actually first heard about it on the Internet, so that's funny you say that," Stefani admitted. "But no, they're doing a side project. They want to do a band; they want to be in a punk band. It's not No Doubt. All the guys from No Doubt are doing a new band, just to do new music."

"I don't know why they positioned it like it was the Sammy Hagar/David Lee Roth thing," Kimmel told Stefani. "Wouldn't it be something if they got Sammy Hagar to replace you?"

"That would've been [crazy]," she said. "They should have done that."

The future of Stefani's band remains uncertain. "If you call and you say, 'OK, that guy's out; I'm back in,' are you back with No Doubt automatically?" Kimmel asked. Stefani suggested she would have to text bassist Tony Kanal to find out, explaining, "There probably would be a vote."