Gwen Stefani Revealed That Her Sons Have Dyslexia

During an appearance with Zane Lowe for his series At Home With, Gwen Stefani opened up about being diagnosed with dyslexia and how her sons also have it, saying, "it's all genetic." Stefani says that all three of her sons (who she shares with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale), Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo, have had trouble with reading. 

"One thing that I've discovered through having kids is that I have dyslexia — everyone has things that happen and mine was that," Stefani said. "And I feel like a lot of the problems that I have had or even decisions that I've made for myself stem from that, because now the children — obviously, it's all genetic — they have some of those issues."

Gwen Stefani and sons

Stefani went on to tell Lowe that she doesn't feel any shame about it and that she understands that everyone's brains just work in different ways. She also gave a shoutout to her sons' teachers and schools, calling them "incredible."

"But now they get all these benefits. They have these incredible teachers and schools and they don't have to have shame about it. They understand that their brain functions in a different way. All of our brains do, you know what I mean?" she continued.

As for her own experience with both anxiety and dyslexia, Stefani said that she was made to feel like she "failed at school." 

"I was a good girl. I didn't do any bad stuff. It was just really hard for me to function in that square box of school that everybody was supposed to be understanding," she said. "And my brain didn't work like that; it still doesn't. But it works in different ways that are probably a gift that other people can't do."

She added that her dyslexia affected her self-confidence, even though she was fronting a band and had written an entire album.

"At that time I had written that whole record not even knowing how to write a song and I had literally laid my entire life out for everyone to hear. And then I'm still in the band with Tony [Kanal] who I was so dependent on, because of probably my dyslexia," she said. "I didn't know any of this until now, but I think that I didn't have any confidence in myself, at the time, but when I would write a song or I would get on stage, it just felt so right and the only thing that was going right for me."

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