Details: You met your wife, Gwen Stefani, while touring with No Doubt in 1995. Do you remember your first date?
Gavin Rossdale: I threw a party in New Orleans just as an excuse to hang out with her. We drank a bunch of hurricanes and went around the French Quarter. We had our first kiss that night, just walking around, being careful to step over the puddles of pee. The next day we had that sort of cute, embarrassed, sober meet-up.
Details: You have two sons together—Kingston, 4, and Zuma, 2. Who’s on diaper duty at home?
Gavin Rossdale: Whoever’s nearest, really. We have good people around us. If there’s no one there, I can do it, but otherwise I sort of slide away—I get very interested in my BlackBerry at that point. A friend once told me, “By the way, they never thank you for changing their diapers when they grow up, so don’t sweat it.” I thought it was good advice.
Details: Is it true you and Gwen bathe together to conserve water?
Gavin Rossdale: The first half is true, maybe not the latter. Or, the ecological benefits are a healthy consequence.
Details: Keep your romance alive, save the planet?
Gavin Rossdale: Exactly! And stay clean! But no, we don’t stage bath-ins.
Details: How do you explain the paparazzi to Kingston now that he’s old enough to understand?
Gavin Rossdale: We haven’t found the words to explain it. I’ll want to take my kid to the beach, and there’s six grown men chasing us. He’s running around in his underwear as every child should, and I have to go up to them and say, “Can you not photograph my son running around in his underwear?” The pictures show up anyway. He went through a really angry stage. He’d scream at them, “Get away! Don’t take a picture of my mom!” They’d say, “Wow, Kingston’s really moody.” You’re a fucking grown man running after a 4-year-old! What do you want him to do?