Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale get papped all weekend after split rumors

Last week, Kaiser covered a Star story that alleged (in no uncertain terms) that Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are on the verge of breaking up after a decade of marriage. Strangely enough, Gwen and Gavin have subsequently spent the entirety of this past weekend getting papped out in “happy family” mode with their two children, Kingston and Zuma, starting with a venture to a birthday party as photographed above. Naturally, I feel sort of guilty for jumping to the conclusion that this couple may very well have posed their way through a series of pap-friendly ventures. Still, this seems suspicious, right?

I’ve always really liked Gwen and Gavin as a couple and was a fan of both their respective bands, No Doubt and Bush, back in the 1990s. For many years, they seemed very solid, but Gwen’s had to weather an enormous onslaught of stories about her husband’s past. In her story, Kaiser floated the theory that learning of the drag queen ex, the love child, and the dalliance with Courtney Love may have cumulatively taken its toll on Gwen. Honestly, who could blame any wife for being upset if she in fact learned about these skeletons through the press? Gwen and Gavin dated for close to eight years before getting hitched, and it would be truly terrible if Gavin had kept all of these things from her during the entirety of their relationship.

Another potential source of conflict that I’ve considered while observing them as a couple over the years is that Gwen’s career (including fronting No Doubt, solo albums, and the fashion empire) is far more successful Gavin’s. Sure, they were both rock stars when they got together, but Gavin’s earning potential has cooled significantly ever since Bush broke up over a decade ago. His solo album failed to reach an audience; he’s since gotten the band back together, and they’re heading out for a tour this year. I doubt Bush will ever reach their previous commercial success ever again, and Gavin may secretly resent the fact that she’s the breadwinner in the marriage. While I realize that not all men would feel that way, it’s a possibility.

Gwen and Gavin spent all of Sunday together in front of the cameras as well. First, they went, um, fishing at L.A.’s Troutdale ponds with the boys. Notice that Gwen’s lipstick never wavers.

Then on Sunday evening, Gwen and Gavin took their kids to the playground at Malibu Country Mart. These photos look especially posed, and Gwen doesn’t look happy at all. Maybe she’s just tired after the long weekend in front of all those cameras.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN

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  1. Bite me says:

    They are always photographed … Am rooting for them

  2. missy says:

    This family is constantly papped, so I don’t think the photos had anything to do with the break-up rumors. Personally, I’d take Star mag’s story with a grain of salt. It seems like they were just regurgitating old rumors about Gavin’s past. Even if Gwen and Gavin do break up, I doubt Gavin’s past will be the cause.

    • carrie says:

      yes,i see them once per week in Popsugar (together or with kids in every possible situation)

  3. originalone says:

    Photo assumption says she’s not happy, but he’s holding on to her.

    I always thought their story was somewhere in the middle. She knows he loved men, but they both fell in love with each other, and wanted a family, so they gave it a go.

    Maybe he’s discovering that he’s more into men, or his ego is really not liking her being the bread winner.

    Whatever, I like them together, hope they tough it up. After the Seal/Klum disaster, I really don’t need another solid-looking couple breaking up to shake my last threads of belief in marriage!

  4. Rita says:

    I’ll never understand celebrities who feel the need to respond to break-up rumors. At most they should issue a statement denying it or say nothing. What’s the point of a papping response?

    • bitca says:

      Debated this w/an older friend yesterday, after posting a question like yours: why do celebs lie & pose & lie & pose til the moment one files?

      Friend was all, ‘it’s to maintain privacy.’ My take: ‘privacy? Please!’ Most celebs make their personal lives a part of their Brand (good example, but no pun *intended*).

      What else can they do to get media coverage? The mass public isn’t interested in the mechanics of how performing artists work. They don’t care about genuine or phony encomiums re bands, collaborators, co-stars, directors, &c. They want a sugar-coated taste of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. LATER, we want to eat up the PR-controlled dirt.

      My friend had a point, tho, when I suggested ‘I don’t comment on my personal life; sorry.’ After years of selling Happy Families, that reply = ‘yep; we are SO over.’ You can’t have it both ways.

      Matt Damon & Vanessa Paradis are among the few who try to compartmentalize their lives & work, ie not use the former to sell the latter. Vanessa was confronted by press, tho. English is not her native language, but my take was—despite the convoluted phrasing—she was indeed trying to issue an old-school ‘no comment.’

      Still, it’s rare to omit family/personal details in celeb Branding. For instance, does anyone NOT doubt it’s mere broodiness prompting all these female performers to get baby bumps?

      Most ‘stars’ get away w Lie/Pose/Lie damage control. It’s become SOP—cause really, how often do they get called on it? And that is the thing that bugs me. Sorry bout the rant!

  5. Asli says:


    Gotta love the ”happy, happy, joy, joy” images these couple’s are trying to sell. Honestly, IMO if nothing was wrong they would’ve stayed out of the media. That’s what they did (mostly) when all of those stuff about Gavin surfaced. Why is this time any different? Stories about couples splitting are common in the tabloids but the majority aren’t true. Brad and Angie for starters. Seems like Brad’s been leaving Angie for Jen every week the last 4 years. Oddly, the only splitting-rumors that are true (in most cases) are the ones with photo-ops before the announcement.

  6. the original bellaluna says:

    Neither one of them looks happy. Too bad; I thought they were querky enough for one another.

  7. Kimlee says:

    I agreed the are always photograph but they are never all over each other like they were this weekend and they’ve been seen separately in the past weeks not saying that it means anything but it’s odd that after the rumor thier so much PDA.

  8. mln76 says:

    Yes they are constantly papped. Yes Gavin slept w/men EVEN WORSE Courtney Love. But this isn’t 2002 and I don’t think Gwen is going to have another hit anytime soon. Methinks its better for them to rock the family vibe with the adorable sons then to separate and each fade into obscurity no?

    • Kimbob says:

      Yes…your suggestion seems the most sensible one…definitely. Really, that’s good advice for anyone…to not focus on superficialities, and to grasp for/concentrate on what is most important, and move on.

  9. lucy2 says:

    I too think they’re often out and photographed, there was just a bit more scrutiny after the rumors.
    Hope the rumors aren’t true.

  10. Me says:

    Their boy in the top photo….im assuming its zuma…loks like he could cut a bitch.

  11. Cirque28 says:

    Gwen is a beauty. How does she manage not to age?

  12. Shelly says:

    Love Gwen. I’ve seen her front row at 2 concerts (one her solo tour and one with No Doubt), and she looks freaking amazing. Her abs and ass defy logic. Plus she is a fantastic performer and gives it her all and has fun when she’s on stage and interacts with the audience a lot.

  13. Amanda G says:

    They are always papped and they are always holding hands or have an arm around one another. This rumor is baseless. I could have seen them breaking up after Daisy but not now.

  14. Hautie says:

    I don’t believe that Gwen is wanting to divorce Gavin. Most likely there are dumps in the road. But I just don’t see it being marriage ending issues.

    And really, Gavin does not strike me as someone having issues with Gwen ability to earn cash.

    They live an extraordinary life style. And someone needs to have the income to support it.

    It is hard to go back to being poor. When you can live well.

    At least they are a long term couple. Whom have very similar backgrounds. And that helps a lot when things get dumpy.

  15. Medusa says:

    Hipster man-bun. Ugh.

  16. Dolkite says:

    Ugh, what an ugly outfit on that kid. My idiot roommate is a huge Gwen Stefani disciple (annoyingly, he refers to her as “Gwen” as if they’re close friends) and he was yammering about how she has some new line of kids’ clothes from Target and how he’s going to buy all of them to “support Gwen.”

    • Kathy says:

      I really like Gwen a lot.

      I get that her thing is fashion and she always looks great. But, I get a bit tired of her 3 hours of hair and makeup and picking out outfits look. Especially on a kid. With a chain? Really?

      I know I’m going to get ripped for writing any of this and I know kids like to play dress up and she’s rich and it’s her thing and on and on. But, seriously how much time/effort does she have to put into all this superficial stuff every day? I know she’s rich and an artist and has nannies, but sometimes after so many photos I just feel like, maybe she shouldn’t spend so much freaking time on the look. Sometimes it just feels like these two are always “on”.

      And, to be honest, I’ve never seen the appeal of Gavin. He looks/acts like a petulant, selfish, washed up, insecure man boy.

  17. original sandy says:

    like them and i am also rooting for them, cute family.

  18. testingtona says:

    This is THEE celeb couple for me. I LOVED No Doubt growing up, listening to those albums in middle school made me want nothing more than the woman who wrote them to end up happily married with a million babies….I just can’t imagine it being over (though if they do get divorced the next No Doubt album would be tremendous)

  19. JOJO says:

    MARK MY WORDS SHE IS PREGNANT AGAIN! She never wears baggy stuff like that she likes to show off her hot body. It will be announced very soon.

  20. Lynnie says:

    Who the f#ck dresses these people? Is this what money can do? Geez…