Why Did Iconic '90s Rock Band No Doubt Break Up? The Real Reason

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Jan. 17 2024, Published 11:19 a.m. ET

Adrian Young, Tom Dumont, Gwen Stefani, and Tony Kanal at the Billboard Music Awards on Dec. 8, 1997
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With hits like "Don't Speak," "Just a Girl," "Hey Baby," and "Spiderwebs" among their most recognizable repertoire, it's hard to believe that No Doubt ever broke up — because who doesn't know every word to all of those songs?

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But the group that featured Gwen Stefani as the lead singer stopped performing together circa 2004 after rising to the highest ranks of celebrity in the late 1990s. What happened? Read on for details.

Gwen Stefani of No Doubt performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on May 30, 1997, in Mountain View, Calif.
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Why did No Doubt break up if they were so successful?

As No Doubt fans know, the band, which formed in the 1980s in California, was made up of singer Gwen Stefani, guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young.

The band won Grammys and rose to the top of the charts with mega-hit songs, with their most successful album being "Tragic Kingdom" released in 1996.

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However, according to Pitchfork, 2004 would mark No Doubt's last performance as a band — until 2008, when they briefly reunited for the album basically no one heard, "Push and Shove."

From there, they would perform sporadically, but of course, Gwen became a huge solo star and No Doubt faded into the past as a nostalgic memory.

It turns out that according to Us Weekly, No Doubt didn't necessarily break up, but they moved on to do other things, with the most notable example being Gwen's prolific album "Love. Angel. Music. Baby."

By the time the band got back together to work on a new project, the magic that made No Doubt so popular was gone.

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"'Push And Shove,' the title actually makes so much sense to the songs. That whole time period was just a really hard time. Everything was like we were in molasses and nothing was coming easy," Gwen told Fault in 2023.

She went on to confess in part, "I feel that record was where No Doubt was most confused. We just had come back together, and we wanted to do it so badly, but for me, I was completely depleted from my world tour and giving birth."

Indeed, Gwen is a mom to three boys: Kingston born in 2006, Zuma born in 2008, and Apollo, born in 2014. Their dad is the singer's ex-husband, former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. As fans are well aware, she has since gotten remarried to Blake Shelton.

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Gwen Stefani is more famous than ever.

Following her rise to fame with No Doubt, Gwen has of course become part of our national fabric as more than a singer.

She is hugely successful as a solo artist, having earned multiple Grammy nominations in the years following the band taking a hiatus.

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Beyond her music career, Gwen was also a judge on The Voice, having sat in the big chair for seven seasons.

In December 2023, it was announced that the star would not return for the next season. Instead, she plans to release new music.

"I'm actually putting out music, so I'm excited about that," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I've been working on this for a long time. I've finally landed in that place where I'm obsessed, where I can't stop listening, so I feel like I'm somewhere."

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