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Gwen Stefani in Harper's Bazaar: "It's Superfun Being a Mom – But It's Hard, Too!"

No Doubt Harper’s Bazaar is excited to have Gwen Stefani as their cover girl this month. In an exclusive interview, the singer and style icon talks about parenthood, her fashion sense and why she’s really not the wild girl you see on stage.

She’s just as down-to-earth as you’d expect – during her interview, she takes off her stiletto booties to give her feet a break after a busy morning – and she comes off as just the kind of mom you’d love to have in your playgroup.

Here’s a sampling of what she has to say:

On motherhood: “It’s superfun being a mom, but it’s hard too. Finding that balance between work and family is the hardest thing I’ve ever done – by far.”

Indulging 6-year-old Kingston’s latest craze: She recently took him to a costume shop to get him fitted for a Spider-Man wardrobe. “He just discovered superheroes, and he’s obsessed. It was like when I discovered Marilyn Monroe: ob-sess-ed.”

On her signature platinum hair: She spent eight hours getting her hair lightened when she was 25. “It was like I’d unlocked the key. I remember feeling like, ‘I have arrived. This is me. Finally.’ “

How she maintains her fabulous figure: “I hate talking about my body [all the time]; it’s ridiculous. There is no secret: You just have to eat healthy, work out, and torture yourself!”

Which famous client loves her Harajuku Mini baby-wear line: Charlize Theron, who dresses her baby son, Jackson, in Harajuku onesies all the time.

How she differs from her strong stage persona: A product of her strict Catholic upbringing, Gwen says she was “never a rebel.” She adds, “My mom calls me a peacemaker. I want everyone to be happy. But I have a superbig opinion on everything artistic that I do. I know what I like and I know what I hate – that part of me isn’t passive.”

How she deals with rumors that her marriage to Gavin Rossdale is in trouble: “None of that stuff matters….I know they can say anything; they can just make something up. But what are you going to do? It’s not part of my reality, so it’s okay.”

Read more atHarper’s BAZAAR.

[Photo: Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar.]

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