Gwen, 46, told GMA's Lara Spencer that she's still coping with her divorce, saying it's "still painful" to think about what happened.
"It's super hard to have your family break up," said the mother of three boys. "I have gone through a lot, but I feel like you have to be grateful for that. Because if I didn't do that, then I wouldn't have this. And so you have to be grateful for all of it."
Of course, when Gwen says she "wouldn't have this" if not for her divorce, she's referring to her budding romance with country music star Blake Shelton. He was apparently on her mind when she sat down to write "Make Me Like You," off her new album, "This Is What the Truth Feels Like."
"It just came out," "The Voice" mentor says of the song. "It was like, I had been feeling that way. It's just exactly what I felt that day. 'I miss you right now. Here it is. And everybody in the room was just kind of like, 'Whoa, this is happening right now.' It was written fast. Like, 10, 15 minutes."
Music continues to be a sort of therapy for the pop star, who says she worked through her roller coaster of emotions by writing songs for her new album.
"I felt like, 'Wow, I can't go down. This is not who I am. I'm not going to fail,'" she revealed. "I had to make something good out of it. So I tried to write because I know that that was my gift. And I was like, 'I'm going to do this. I'm going to make this into music.'"
Gwen added, "I just want to write a record. I don't care about anything except for getting this out, and healing, and being honest, and real, and truthful."
She says she didn't create "This Is What the Truth Feels Like" so that she can gain commercial success. Instead, she needed to do it in order to survive. "Like, nothing matters," she said. "I'm just trying not to die right now."
The singer added, "It feels like I'm supposed to be doing this right now and sharing my story. And I really hope that this record brings pleasure and, I don't know, documents people's, you know, lives in this moment. And I just—I'm so happy to share it."