Just in time to follow up her performance on The Tonight Show last night, Gwen Stefani covers the March issue of Cosmo, and opens up inside on her career and her husband.

She has been getting a lot of exposure recently by way of her repeated statements, via a variety of platforms, that the whole idea of her success and general popularity still blows her away. All things considered, it’s a pretty interesting take on things, especially given the way she is presenting it, which is fantastically real.

The issue will be on newsstands on the 10th, and you can catch some highlights below, and the full article at Cosmo.com here.

photo: Matthias Vriens-McGrath
photo: Matthias Vriens-McGrath

 On her marriage to Gavin Rossdale:

We go through so much together—it’s a miracle that we could stay together this long. [Gavin’s] on a short tour right now, and he wrote me the sweetest note this morning. It’s good to have those days when we both do our own things. I think that’s what keeps relationships going, when both people can be themselves and have their own individuality. That’s especially important for women—it’s hard to find time for yourself.

On marrying a “hot guy:”

I never really saw myself landing a guy that hot. I don’t know if I was a nerd in high school, but I definitely wasn’t the super-cute cheerleader so I never saw myself getting somebody like that. But I do think he’s quite handsome. It’s not the most important thing about him, but it is nice…and he makes really cute babies!

On her gratitude for her long and successful music career:

My parents taught us, ‘[music] is your hobby. People don’t make it. It just doesn’t happen.’ It still shocks me that people care about me. I trip out about it all the time. It’s mind-blowing! For me, I’ve never gotten to a point where I felt, ‘Okay, I’ve made it, I’m number one!’ It’s an amazing feeling to hit number one, but it’s not that different a feeling from not being number one. It’s really about the journey—that’s where the joy comes. It’s not about the end result, because there isn’t really ever an end.

photo: Matthias Vriens-McGrath
photo: Matthias Vriens-McGrath

For more of Gwen Stefani’s exclusive interview and photo shoot with Cosmopolitan, pick up the issue on newsstands February 10 or click here to subscribe to the digital edition!

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