After releasing two snoozy singles, “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire,” which left us nostalgic for Gwen Stefani’s heyday, the 46-year-old powerhouse disappeared from the spotlight—a move we later discovered was a result of her tumultuous marriage with Gavin Rossdale.
Early August, Stefani publicly announced she filed for divorce from her husband of 13 years, providing the perfect fuel to stoke a raw solo album worthy of the woman who once gave us emotive tracks like The Sweet Escape’s “Early Winter” and “4 In The Morning.”
Some would’ve cracked under the rightful pain, but Stefani—a true pop icon—channeled her torment into the heartbreaking single, “Used To Love You,” co-penned with Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and JR Rotem. Bringing together the stripped-down candor of No Doubt’s Rock Steady ballad “Running” with the subtle ’80s sheen of Stefani’s solo release “Cool,” this heart wrenching glimpse inside a love gone awry highlights the importance of a really fucking smart lyric.
“I don’t know why I cry, but I think it’s cus I remember for the first time since I hated you, that I used to love you,” she sings, delivering a simple, straightforward chorus that puts words to a familiar feeling we’ve all experienced (and denied) at some point in our lives. Watch Stefani’s official music video, below, and weep for days.