Gwen Stefani was worried she wouldn’t like the song her boyfriend had written. How would you break the news to someone you cared about that you didn’t care for his song?
Fortunately for everyone, that didn’t happen.
Stefani told Chelsea Handler about the scenario during a recent interview about her duet with Shelton, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”
“The story is that he had written this song and sent it to me on my phone. He’s like, ‘I wrote this song.’ And I was like ‘Whoa, what if I don’t like it, huge turn off,’” she admits.
But then she played what would be the start of their first collaboration as a couple, and it sounds like she was hooked.
“I listened to it and thought, ‘Oh, my God, I love this,” Stefani said.
And then Shelton told her, “Write the rest of it.”
“There was a time when I was really insecure about writing,” Stefani said of the time she spent trying to get back in the songwriting saddle. “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 about, ‘I did that, but how did I do that?'”
The two ultimately debuted their flirty groove live on The Voice earlier this month, and the song will be on Shelton’s album If I’m Honest, out Friday (May 20).
The Stefani interview will be on Handler’s new Netflix series, Chelsea, starting Wednesday night.