Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s split in 2015 was definitely one of the saddest celebrity breakups in recent years. It’s always a major bummer to see love stories come to an end, especially since Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale had been together for about 20 years and had been married for nearly 13 years when they divorced.
But in a new interview, Rossdale has said that he still thinks his ex-wife is “incredible.” And the reason why is tugging on some major heartstrings.
“We had 20 years together and that in itself is pretty incredible. It’s a lifetime. I still think she’s incredible,” the rocker said. “It was a lovely 20 years and we have three amazing children. There were a lot of positives, and with time they’ll become more and more obvious.”
He also admitted that he was not happy about going through the divorce in the first place.
“[Divorce] was completely opposite to what I wanted. Really not…but here we are,” he said. “Apart from death, I think divorce is one of the hardest, most painful things to go through.”
But on a positive note, he also added that he and Stefani are committed to an amicable co-parenting relationship for the sake of their three children.
“The one thing – the only good thing, because everything else is not good – is we care about the children and it’s about them. So we do everything to make this life change as seamless as possible,” he said.
NEXT: See celebrities who reportedly shocked their spouses with divorce–breaking our hearts in the process–in the photos below.
Celebrity Divorces Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Pitt reportedly found out about Jolie's decision to file for divorce one day before she did so in September 2016, after two years of marriage.
Celebrity Divorces Gwen Stefani Gavin Rossdale
Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
After 13 years of marriage, Rossdale reportedly believed up to hours before the divorce announcement in August 2015 that he could reverse Stefani's decision.
Celebrity Divorces Nick Lachey Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
Lachey said Simpson told him over dinner in November 2005 that she wanted a divorce after three years of marriage. "I basically said, 'Please, let's sleep on it,'" he said. "But when we woke up the next day, Wednesday, she was still sure."
Celebrity Divorces Katie Holmes Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise
Cruise said he was surprised when his wife of five years filed for divorce just five days before his birthday in June 2012. "I didn't expect it," he said. "To be 50 and to have experiences and to think you have a grip on everything, and then it hits you--this is it, what life can do to you."
Celebrity Divorces Nicole Kidman Tom Cruise
Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise
In a twist, Kidman reportedly was blindsided by Cruise and his decision to divorce her in 2001 after 10 years together. Kidman said, "(I thought) our life together was perfect. It took me a very long time to heal. It was a shock to my system."
Celebrity Divorces Britney Spears Kevin Federline
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
According to Federline, his wife of two years didn't even try to talk to him about her decision to file for divorce in 2006. "[I was] completely blindsided," he said.
Celebrity Divorces Hulk Hogan Linda Hogan
Hulk Hogan & Linda Hogan
Hulk reportedly first heard that his wife of 24 years was filing for divorce from a Times reporter who called him with the news in November 2007. He thanked the journalist for the "great information" and then hung up. He called the reporter five minutes later to say, "I'm kind of shocked. You caught me off-guard ... I just pulled over to the side of the road for five minutes to find out what was going on here."
Celebrity Divorces Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli
Though Garth admitted the couple's 11-year marriage was on shaky ground, she was still shocked when he wanted a divorce in 2012. In her autobiography, she wrote, "The ground that had been cracking and shifting finally split open and pretty much swallowed me whole."
Celebrity Divorces Robin Thicke Paula Patton
Paula Patton & Robin Thicke
Blindsided Thicke made several public attempts to win back his wife of nine years before she filed for divorce in October 2014, even titling his album Paula after her. Alas, he was unsuccessful.
Celebrity Divorces Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia Knight Pulliam & Ed Hartwell
Pulliam said she was given no warning from her husband of seven months that he was filing for divorce in July 2016--shortly after the actress had announced she was pregnant.
Celebrity Divorces Pete Wentz Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz
Reportedly, Wentz was seeking to make amends with his wife of two years when she blindsided him by suddenly filing for divorce in February 2011.
Celebrity Divorces Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw & JoJo Starbuck
Bradshaw was so shocked by Starbuck filing for divorce in 1980 that he said, "I don't accept her claim that it's over." He said he was determined to patch things up. Sadly, their four-year union didn't work out in the end.
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