Gwen Stefani doesn’t think her sons are focusing on school when they’re with their dad

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Forrest Films' 'Bennett's War'

Several days ago, Gavin Rossdale spoke to a SiriusXM show about how his three youngest kids are stuck in Oklahoma and have been there for about two weeks. Gwen Stefani took their kids to Blake Shelton’s huge Oklahoma ranch and it doesn’t seem like she’s bringing them back to LA anytime soon. Gavin and Gwen have joint custody, and Gavin is a hands-on dad, and he’s used to having a lot of time with his kids. I remember that when Gavin and Gwen were first finalizing their divorce, the court even sided more with Gavin on the custodial issue, because Gavin barely tours anymore and he was the one planning to be in LA more consistently. So, while I understand completely why Gwen isn’t putting the kids on a plane back to LA during a pandemic, of course I also think think it’s a bit shady. Now this curious little item from Us Weekly:

Not on the same page? Gwen Stefani has faced difficulties homeschooling the three sons she shares with her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale.

“Gwen is having a bit of a stressful time getting the boys’ consistency when they are with their dad,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “The boys are used to having very structured days, but the coronavirus has made that impossible.”

The “Don’t Speak” singer, 50, is “worried when Gavin has the boys that they aren’t focusing on school as much as they should be,” the insider says, also noting how the remodel on her the home she shares with boyfriend Blake Shelton “is almost at a standstill” during this time.

“Everyone is looking forward to the time when this is over,” the source adds.

[From Us Weekly]

Ah, so now *someone* wants us to know that Gwen thinks Gavin isn’t doing a good enough job homeschooling their children during the quarantine. But, literally, who is doing a good job home-schooling these days? From what every celebrity parent has been saying, having the kids trying to learn anything at home these days is a complete disaster. Imagine trying to make three boys try to learn their lessons while Blake Shelton is gassing up the go-karts on the ranch?

Gavin Rossdale, Kingston Rossdale, Zuma Rossdale and Apollo Rossdale are seen in Los Angeles

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  1. Nikki* says:

    Not good to air gripes about the kids publicly. Doesn’t make issues any easier to resolve!

    • Mellie says:

      That’s exactly what I was coming on here to say…my husband’s mom still (30 some years post divorce from her ex-husband) bad-mouths his dad and always did and it caused great harm to their relationship, still does. My mom did the same thing to my dad (now deceased), it’s just terrible and very harmful to the relationship. People need to grow up.

    • Lightpurple says:

      And it can backfire

    • Jules says:

      this will not end well…

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah, this isn’t good on either side. I imagine co-parenting is tough enough, but add in the quarantine and the distance, it’s probably very difficult. But none of it should be aired out via the media. The parents need to talk to each other.

  2. Aang says:

    She needs to keep her opinions about their dad out of the press. And I know so many divorced moms who think that they are 100% in charge of the kids. They give the father no room to parent and question every thing the father does when the kids are with him.

  3. BayTampaBay says:

    I still do not get Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton as I would never put those two together.

    Does Gwen still have her shoe line? I cannot find it anywhere.

  4. Em says:

    I’m sure there’s more to the story. There always is when it comes to divorce and custody issues. She should keep this private.

  5. Erinn says:

    I mean, this is probably a direct response to the previous story. It reads very much “Sureee, we took them out of state when we should have stayed put, and they are on a huge ranch but it’s cool because their dad MAYBE didn’t focus enough on school work”

    I don’t think there are any winners in this one. Neither are 100% right, neither are 100% wrong. I know if my kids were out of state and on their moms bf’s ranch – I’d be at least a bit worried. There’s a lot of ways to get hurt on a ranch, and Blake really doesn’t seem like someone who values safety that much. Or at least I assume people who like to drive over box turtles for fun aren’t super into safety.

    I know many couples who are struggling to make the co parenting work right now. It’s definitely not an easy time for anyone.

  6. Hyrule Castle says:

    Looks like Gwen needs to do some research about the value of learning through play.

    Or, for older children, learning through real life experiences.

    Gardening, knitting, baking, playing chess, just reading and talking are all very simple ways to teach skills.

    The whole world is available to learn from. Traditional school is just but 1 way.

    And for most children, it’s the least effective.

  7. Jayna says:

    I’ve never once seen Gwen bash Gavin on his parenting, so I find this US Weekly story suspect. I’m sure they have their issues co-parenting , but it’s never been for public consumption. Gavin was supposed to be out of the country on tour from April through October. There’s no way she could be away in Oklahoma for an extended time without an agreement in place between them.

    I don’t even believe Gavin was complaining so much as just stating the effect the pandemic is having in shared parenting.

    In the last few years he’s been off touring a lot and said his children miss him and that especially Zuma would give him a hard time. He said he loves touring. That’s the one time he sniped on Gwen. He said the year they divorced he had a tour scheduled and gave it up to work on the marriage, but that it was for nothing because Gwen divorced him anyway and so he should have gone. He sounded pissy about it. No mention of his massive betrayal of his wife and the hell he put her through and what his children were going through that year.

    • cucazz says:

      the tour will be rescheduled..just like EVERY artist is doing right now, because of pandemic..And.. Gwen ONLY has been bashing Gavin since the divorce..whereas he always keeps things quiet..She only wants attention and media exposure..she won’t give a damn about her family’s privacy..

  8. Arpeggi says:

    I live alone in a 750 sq ft apt and I still have a really tough time focusing on work stuff these days. I don’t understand how people can expect kids to focus on their school work and/or their parents to efficiently WFH. It’s ok to be unproductive and to decide to start 120 seedlings and clean your bathroom for the 10th time (or just stare at your computer without reading a word for 15min). Kudos to those who manage to get things done, but it should be totally ok if it doesn’t happen and if the kids play more video games and go run in the yard for a while.

  9. Ash says:

    I can only imagine how difficult it is to navigate co-parenting and temporary home schooling situations right now. On a positive note: Gwen looks stunning in that top photo in the green jacket. I love her crazy style and I wanna know where she got that pink lipstick!

  10. Jodi says:

    i have strong opinions about this. parental rights and custody are in place for a reason and one parent should not be allowed to unilaterally take away from another parent’s legal time with their own kids. i don’t know the whole story and i’m only the peanut gallery but so often i see parents decide one thing when the court has clearly said another. Gavin has a right to see his kids. if Gwen has legit concerns about his parenting, she needs to go through the courts and get it in writing. the parenting plan is the parenting plan. she has no more rights to her kids than Gavin does. having said that, i read an article about a mom whose rights were stripped during this virus craziness bc she was a medical doctor and the ex husband didn’t want to put the kids at risk. it’s a tricky situation and i think it’s just making custody arrangements even harder. when are parents going to stop using their kids as pawns?

  11. Misty says:

    I watched them on Fallon and they were talking about all of them starting a garden. Being from Oklahoma too and at one point living out in the country (and he’s literally in the middle of nowhere) there’s a lot to do chore wise, agricultural wise, all the things. Also, they made it sound like most of her family was there too. I think they have a lot of learning opportunities there as well. Sounds like this article is just hyping things up.