In a new, wide-ranging quick-hit interview with The Guardian to promote his band Bush's new album, "The Kingdom," which comes out on July 17, Gavin Rossdale has reflected on life, love, his children, his body, the actor who should play him in a movie and his most embarrassing moment — which focuses on his headline-making split from Gwen Stefani in the wake of a nanny cheating scandal.
According to Gavin, his most embarrassing moment was "the gross and lopsided spectre of the crumbling of my marriage." It's been nearly four years since he and Gwen announced their shocking split after nearly 13 years of marriage and 20 years as a couple. The British rocker also said he was happiest "last year, when I had all four kids — Daisy, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo — staying with me on my birthday. It was magical." He's dad to Daisy Lowe, 31, a model, with old friend Pearl Lowe, and has sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 11, and Apollo, 6, with Gwen, 50.
Gavin said he deplores "judgement" in others, and as for himself, he hates "my ability to switch off and tune someone out without realizing it, almost as a defense mechanism." Physically speaking, the avid tennis player most dislikes that "I've got soccer player legs."
The quick-hit interview also touched on Gavin's biggest disappointment: His band was so much bigger in America and other countries than in his native Britain. Bush never quite blew up there the way they did in the States, where they became one of the biggest selling rock bands of the 1990s — Bush sold more than 10 million albums in the U.S. alone — and were all over the Billboard charts, won American Music and MTV Video Music Awards and even scored a Grammy nod. "Sometimes it was disappointing not to have the fan base at home in the UK that we had elsewhere," Gavin told The Guardian.
He said that "being misunderstood" makes him unhappy, and that the worst thing anyone's ever said to him was "'You lied to me,' when I did." What keeps him awake at night? "If I am still in the argument I've had in the day," he replied.
Gavin, who appears to be single at the moment, said he has sex "as often as I can" and that if he had to pick someone to play him in a film about his life, "an egotistical answer would be Timothee Chalamet."
He also weighed in on his most treasured possession and its link to The Eagles, his greatest achievement and the song he'd like played at his funeral. The most important lesson life has taught him? "That life is just a series of chapters, and it's essential to try not to bring older chapters into new chapters," explained Gavin, who said he wishes he was in Australia right now, where he was meant to be on tour before the coronavirus pandemic changed the live music industry, "instead of stuck in my kitchen in L.A."