October 12th, 2010
02:24 PM ET
Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, who’s now married to singer/fashion designer Gwen Stefani, is a man who knows what he wants – mainly because he was willing to experiment a bit to gain such clarity.
Back in 2009, cross-dressing pop singer Marilyn told In Touch that he’d carried on a romantic relationship with Rossdale when he was a teen, a statement Boy George also made back in the mid-90s.
The 45-year-old rocker tells Details that he believes he’s avoided talking about his relationship with Marilyn because “at the outset there was a sort of fear—that was right at the beginning of Bush, and I didn't want it to be part of it.”
Rossdale went on that he “never wanted to appear closed about it.” Rather, he doesn't speak about it because “it's always been in the glare of a tabloid world. It's just one of those things: Move on. When you're 17, Jesus Christ. I don't think there's anything strange about any form of—you're learning about life. It's a part of growing up. That's it. No more, no less.”
When Details inquires if Rossdale would characterize his connection with Marilyn as a “one-time experimentation,” the musician agreed. “Yeah. That was it. You have to know what you like, and I know what I like,” he told the magazine.
Something else Rossdale seems to like is being a parent, although he admits to Details that he has to switch up his parenting style when it comes to being dad to the son's he's had with Stefani, Kingston, 4, and Zuma, 2, and being dad to his 21-year-old daughter, model Daisy Lowe, whom he learned about in 2004.
“With the boys it's traditional: I'm all they know, and I'm with them all the time. With Daisy, I don't know her in that context,” Rossdale explained. “The way I nurture those boys, I never got a chance with Daisy. I love my connection with her, but I don't have any say in who she is. With the boys it's my job to correct them and shape them. With Daisy, I just have to be respectful. I suppose it's more like a friendship.”
Another task at hand when it comes to parenting his sons is explaining the persistent paparazzi that trail the famous family.
“We haven't found the words to explain it,” Rossdale said. “I'll want to take my kid to the beach, and there's six grown men chasing us. He's running around in his underwear as every child should, and I have to go up to them and say, ‘Can you not photograph my son running around in his underwear?’ The pictures show up anyway. He went through a really angry stage. He'd scream at them, ‘Get away! Don't take a picture of my mom!’ They'd say, ‘Wow, Kingston's really moody.’ You're a [expletive] grown man running after a 4-year-old! What do you want him to do?”
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