Gwen Stefani talked about how songwriting helped her through her struggle with dyslexia.
The 53-year-old singer first revealed in 2020 that she has a learning disability characterized by difficulties with reading, spelling and writing.
Oct. Stephanie was honored at the 52nd Annual Matrix Awards for Women in Communication in New York on the 26th and reflected on the impact dyslexia has had on her life in her acceptance speech.
“Being dyslexic has definitely had its challenges in my life. I would say the dyslexic advantage has probably made me who I am,” the “Don’t Talk” audience member told DailyMail.com.
She continued, “The moment I wrote my first song – I had no idea I could do it. It just happened – it unlocked something in me.”
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The three-time Grammy winner joked that despite her challenges with spelling, she “went on to teach the whole world how to spell banana.”
Stefani’s husband, Blake Shelton, presented her with the Matrix Award in recognition of her professional achievements. Shelton, 46, said in his speech that he was “so excited” and “extra proud” of his wife, according to People magazine.
“Definitely my favorite award for marrying me, Blake Shelton.
“Thank you so much, you’re such a baby, you’re so great.”
In a December 2020 interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Stefani shared that she first discovered she had dyslexia when her children had difficulty learning to read.
“One of the things I’ve discovered through having children is that I have dyslexia – everyone has things that happen and mine was like that,” she said.
“And I feel like a lot of the problems I had, or even the decisions I made for myself, because kids now — obviously, it’s all genetic — they have some of those problems.”
The No Doubt singer shares sons Kingston, 16, Zuma, 14, and Apollo, 8, with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, 57.
“But now they get all these benefits,” she continued. “They have these incredible teachers and schools, and they don’t have to be ashamed of it. They understand that their brains work differently. All our brains do, you know what I mean?”
Stephanie admitted that she struggled with learning and that she “failed at school” when she was younger.
“I was a good girl. I didn’t do anything bad. It was really hard for me to work in the square box at school that everyone wanted to understand,” she explained.
“And my brain didn’t work that way; it still doesn’t. But it works in different ways, a gift that maybe other people don’t.”
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