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Gwen Stefani put on the spot about new track’s Gavin Rossdale connection

Gwen Stefani, shown performing in New York on Oct. 17, 2015, dishes about her new track's personal connection on "Today."

Gwen Stefani, shown performing in New York on Oct. 17, 2015, dishes about her new track’s personal connection on “Today.”

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Gwen Stefani’s new break-up track “Used to Love You” immediately got tongues a-waggin’ that the song was about her ex, Gavin Rossdale, whom she divorced over the summer.

So, during her “Today” show appearance with her costars from “The Voice” on Tuesday, Matt Lauer tried to get to the bottom of the rumors -- all while making the No Doubt frontwoman a little uncomfortable.

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“Your personal life has been in the headlines. Are fans misinterpreting something here or is it all right there in front of us in terms of the meaning of the song?” Lauer asked during a roundtable interview.

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“Um! Oh, my God! Put me on the spot! I’m like, whoa, whoa!” the 46-year-old replied.

Thankfully, fellow “Voice” coach Pharrell Williams cut in to ease the tension telling her that’s the whole reason she has the platform. Stefani took that and answered thoughtfully and honestly.

“What I’ll say about that is that I’ve never put a record out where I’m actually going through things in real time,” she said, citing her “Tragic Kingdom” album that drew from experiences that she said she was long removed from before she started promoting the album. But that didn’t appear to be the case with “Used to Love You” and its accompanying music video.

“I wrote that song, like, a couple weeks ago, and then I sat in front of a camera in a dressing room randomly not making a [music] video, just to do some video for the screens behind me, and then it went out and it was the video and it’s like all very real,” she continued.

Then Lauer asked her if she was happy with the reaction to it.

“It’s nice to do music and have that support from everybody,” she said. “I don’t know these people, but for whatever I feel their energy and their love coming back at me, and that’s really comforting.”

Stefani, 46, and the 49-year-old Bush frontman -- a match made in 1990s grunge heaven -- announced their split in August after nearly 13 years of marriage. They wed in 2002 after six years of dating and have three sons together.

“While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment,” they said in a joint statement.

Follow me on Twitter @NardineSaad.


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