Gwen Stefani donates $1 million to Japan
March 24th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Gwen Stefani donates $1 million to Japan

With a clothing line named Harajuku Lovers and a song called "Harajuku Girls," there's no doubt that Gwen Stefani has a soft spot for Japan.

Now, the singer is showing her love by donating $1 million to the rescue and relief efforts in the earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged country.

"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation, and respect for the Japanese people and their culture," says the singer, who first toured there in 1996 and became fascinated by the music, art and fashion in Tokyo's Harajuku district. "The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."

Besides giving her own generous donation to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, Stefani is also letting fans get in on the act.

Next week, she'll announce a charity auction in which the public can bid on a chance to join her at an L.A. fundraiser, and she'll sell a limited-edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt of her own design on NoDoubt.com. One hundred percent of the tee's proceeds will go toward helping Japan.

“We are very grateful to have such a generous donation from Gwen Stefani for our relief efforts in Japan," said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. "Save the Children has been in Japan for 25 years and we are working closely with our teams on the ground to address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and their families whose lives were turned upside down by this tragedy."

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  1. bebegun

    i have always liked her, what a beautiful soul she is,

    March 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Judy Prebell

    God Bless You Gwenxoxoxo

    March 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stoptalkingcrap

    It really doesn't matter why she gave it, it will still help others in need! I choose to believe she did it because she cares! I do wish however some of these celebs would concentrate on people here at home! There are many familys living with out right here! Still its great she is helping people! Perhaps if the haters on here put half as much effort into helping others as they do bad mouthing her the world would be a little better off!

    March 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ken

    She's not very pretty but she's dedicated and should be a model for others.

    March 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. forgive my tranny gressions lol

    Hey dude u suck your life is worth pennies and u have no love life stay with me u dropped out of school in the 10th grade and your parents don't love u....really she sucks since Gwen turned black....u suck breathing our air get a life

    March 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. QB Mark Sanchez

    That's my girl.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mimi

    Im totally getting a shirt. I was waiting for her to give back. I'm amazed she didnt do it sooner. I think Sandra B set the bar when she did the first million dollar donation.

    March 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. red neck

    you people are penises.now say it out loud.. now you have penis on your lips! yea!!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EL MERO PERRO ''EMP''

    Thats awsome Gwen. . you go girl. . .someday Ill be that ritch and Im gonna help people too. . Its all about loveing thy neighbor fo real!! http://www.cdbaby.com/elmeroperroemp1

    March 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tamika

    Great job gwen we need more celebs and people like you in this world. may god bless you in all you do. and i pray for all people who have negative comments towards gwen

    March 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. factChecker

    The negative comments remind me of a favorite saying - "To the unclean mind, all things are unclean."

    March 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mr. chorizo

    Chupame las nalgas...!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Justin

    Only $1 million? Horrible right? It's not like she earned all the money she has by working. People these days...

    March 25, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. kas

    This does not surprise me. She has a HUGE heart. It's funny that people think there's an ulterior motive when a celebrity donates $$ towards a good cause. When was the last time any of those rich financial industry CEO's who received their bonuses through our tax dollars ever donated to such a cause??

    March 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bluto

    Wow. Is the Loser's Club all here today or what? That million really brings out the haters. I can't wait for new jersey doug to demand to see her birth certificate and pancake to claim she's a secret muslim.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    One planet, one people. We are all in the same boat. Tables can be turned and we could find ourselves in the same situation. We all need to know that what come around goes around. You will be judged by your comments. Gwen, you are doing a very beautiful thing in this world. Love trumps all...

    March 25, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  17. Name*Steve

    I think what Gwen is doing is very commendable, great job Gwen!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  18. what about u.s.a.?

    I think it's great and a shame @ the same time,our country is always solving every1 else's problems while,we have millions homeless and jobless,no thanks to greed I can't seem to find customers to repair their homes ,when I used to be in high demand,we should fight for our own economy,you all voted for him change what?? Thanks to this regime all I am making is change!!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Bluto

      I voted to change from a Republican legacy whose dad bought him the job, but it was too late to save our economy. We can't stop the billion a day to Afghanistan from going to Halliburton, but maybe we can slow it down. But you correctly identify the problem: you are out of work and can't go eat in restaurants, and then the waitress makes less money and can't hire you to do repairs. Someone has to spend money to break this lockdown, and guys like you screamed "Socialism" when the elected president did it, so he stopped. Go borrow money from Dubya – he is a billionaire. Cheney has ten times as much. You don't see them helping anyone, do you?

      March 25, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Bluto

      Is that you, Rick?

      March 25, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  19. truth

    NICE But DON'T make it a spectacle about it/don't boast because it looses it's value, as it would be done in secret.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  20. JustKidding24

    I wish i can donate something in her

    March 25, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie the Pimp

      "No doubt Gwen has a big heart" Those aren't hearts . . .

      March 25, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  21. david

    dat's cool.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  22. Jason

    To the people trashing her one phrase comes to mind pony up

    March 25, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  23. macdaddymac

    Its a stunt to get her name back out in the news because no doubt has a new disk out very soon lol. Still nice though

    March 25, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  24. sladkayagirl

    Sweet jesus, how repugnant and nasty can people be? Way to ruin a magnanimous gesture. No doubt the critics on here haven't opened up their wallets or donated their time to relief efforts.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  25. She's Hot

    .

    March 25, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  26. Who Cares

    Amazing someone who has it all give a few pennys.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  27. Big L

    More celebrities should be giving. One thing they fail to realize is you can't take all that money with you.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  28. j who

    Love gwen shes so beautiful and this is a beautiful gift. yea maybe more celebs should donate but dont knock her blessing. way to go gwen keep doing what you do.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  29. question

    If a million means nothing then why cant they donate it to the steadilly falling economic status? not hating just saying.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  30. That Girl Jenny G.

    Don't u guys know that once ur a celebrity there is no such thing as privacy anymore... and besides if u had millions just 1 million would mean nothin right so why cant it go 2 some1 who desperately needs it

    March 25, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  31. zoe

    Losing!

    March 25, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  32. OmahaAnnie

    Glad she donated but why is this an announcement. If someone gives, regardless of the amount it, should not be for accolades.

    March 25, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  33. noithatasimax

    I love her, she so great

    http://asimax.vn

    March 25, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  34. Charlie Sheen

    She might be great because she donates a million dollars, but does she have dragon blood, NO,.... WINNING

    March 25, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  35. mara

    By the way Gwen is not the showy type at all!! She may have also done this so that MORE celebrities give as well!! Why do people always see the negative and can't take things at face value? GO GWEN YOU ROCK!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  36. bailey

    That was a very generous thing to do. Who cares if 1 million is nothing to them. The fact that they did it is great. Gwen is using her celebrity status for a good cause, and helping people who need help. She and others who give money should be commended.

    March 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Satan

    Boring and Who Cares. Put tht million towards smthing useful.

    March 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  38. chuck

    Guess we should all have motives like you your the reason no one trust others actions a$s u me now who's the a hole

    March 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. RR

    WELL DONE, GWEN!!! Love ya.

    March 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mouse

    Good 1 like Sandy Bullock did! no doubt about it baby!

    March 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  41. mnytrgrf

    Gwen is good. CEO is very grateful, i guess, because 22% of it will go to cover administrative costs...like 220,000...

    March 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Cristine

    Who cares if she claims that on her taxes, she is helping so many people.Nice job Gwen

    March 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  43. nina

    i love all her music and i am happy for her generous contribution god bless you Gwen.

    March 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Charlie

    This is bananas! Just kidding lol! No doubt she's doing it sincerely. I know you are good, I know you good, I know you're real good =).

    March 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  45. lilly doll

    Good for her she's awesome.

    March 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Bill & Ted

    If she really wanted nothing in return, she would have made the donation anonymously! Dude, she expects some kind of payback for her "gesture".

    March 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  47. ruemorgue

    Way to go! I just finished listening to No Doubt's best hits CD while driving home and there's *no doubt* - she's good!

    March 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. dwaine pettygrove

    One million and she makes how much? Stars should give more. Do nit get me wrong giving money is good, but they could easy give more. Its like 20 bucks from me. I get no press.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  49. longhairdontcare

    a millie a millie a millie laos pride

    March 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  50. sockpuppet

    "publicity stunt"? Who cares what her motives are, if it's a publicity stunt or a tax break? Either way it's a million bucks to some kids that need it–I don't see YOU coughing up a million dollars. And maybe, just maybe, she actually gives a dang about her fellow human beings. Why does everyone have to be so cynical all the time?

    March 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Exactly! Who cares what her motives were? She did it, and people will benefit from her generosity. If she gets some publicity and a tax break - good for her! It's win-win.

      March 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  51. sandrad

    @her accountant...hmmm how much effort have u put towards helping others? Dont be hating on her, shes always helped out people in whatever way she can.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. stejo

    Always loved her, way before she had $1 mill to give. I think this is awesome, and anyone complaining...well, time for you to pony up, too.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      I once read an interview with her telling a story about when she first came home from her first major tour. She was saying how weird it was to come home to her family's house and lay down on her own bed that she left one year before. When she left she was a broke, unknown singer for yet-unknown No Doubt living with her parents. When she came home from one major tour she was a millionaire and known all over the country. At least she seems to keep her self grounded with statements like that.

      March 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  53. the_dude

    This is so great. Good for her! 1 million for her is probably like me donating $10 from my own pocket. Her current net worth is somewhere in the 300 million range from what I read. So congrats to her again on the awsome donation!

    March 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      So..... your networth is $3000! Maybe we should send you some money.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  54. mike

    She was okay till she turned black. Her solo music is crap. That has publicity stunt written all over it.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • LgMcB

      What?? There are millions of people all over the world who disagree that her solo work is crap. And what's with bringing up race here? Because it would be bad if she had?? She has diversity and that truly showcases her talent. She can rock with No Doubt and do more poppy and smoother music on her own. She also sang a great duet with Brian Setzer that shows she can do swing too.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Cane

      Hate much, Mike?

      March 25, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      Mike,
      I agree her solo music sucks and she turned "black" for some reason. Her NO Doubt band was awesome. i don't know how she turned from that to where she is now. Anyway, her donating $1,000,000 is really very cool of her. Much richer music and Hollywood stars should follow her lead quickly.

      March 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Lorella

    I think it's a truly beautiful and compassionate gesture of kindness. I believe her thoughts and heart are in the right place and no, I don't agree with the comment that it's a publicity stunt.

    This is an exemplary example of leveraging celebrity status the right way! Great for Gwen!

    March 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Salvador

    Her river of life runs deap and pure

    March 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  57. smd

    Awesome that is...now only if we could get some celebs to donate to our own country

    March 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Superhiro

    Doesn't really matter if it's a publicity stunt. It's still real money she's donating to real people in need.

    March 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. hm

    Good for her, at least someone is directly sending funds rather than just doing a "fundraising" CD like a lot of other artists... got the love for her harajuku (spelling?) girls.

    March 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  60. tyler

    Simply a nice gesture, from someone who appears to be a kind person.

    March 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Her Accountant

    Its a publicity stunt. On her taxes we list the donation under "Marketing".

    March 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      if so, she SO ROCKS for giving.......................hahahahah, you comment was humorous

      March 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silly

      Your not her accountant. If you were you certanly wouldn't have posted this comment. Idiot!

      March 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tex

      To me, it is so incredibly lame and pathetic when the public peanut gallery brings up the cliché "It's a publicity stunt!!" whenever a celebrity uses some of their wealth and/or fame for good. Who gives a **** !? The end result is the same: improving the lives of people less fortunate!
      What did YOU do to help....?? Ah..! Yeah, that's what I thought...

      March 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikal

      what a short sighted & mean comment. yes, good question. what have YOU sent to help there hater?! many 'luminaries' give many dollars to charities helping people. get off your negative ass & try it.

      March 25, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • some emo kid

      Money is money, even if it generates publicity; publicity for her means she makes more money and can then donate more. Surprising that an 'accountant' doesn't understand finances. If she gave me a million as a publicity stunt, she would have publicity but I would have a million. Understand better now?

      March 25, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie the Pimp

      I used to work at a pizza place where we gave the cops free pizza. If they were in uniform, we didn't care if it was an individual pizza, a big pie to go, or the whole family including granny and the kids. IF they were in uniform and armed, they ate free. One night a guy tried to rob the place, and a cop got up and arrested him – worth every penny. We wrote it off as 'advertising.'

      March 25, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  62. Superhiro

    Glad to hear this. Kinda feel like more stars should be doing this right now.

    March 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DweezNutz

      You would feel that way, Hiro! Why don’t you dumb gooooks just STFU and fix your own country rather than pestering others for hand-outs.
      Have a rice day ¦)

      March 26, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  63. ninacolada

    This is good news. Keep it up!

    March 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Head Diva In Charge

    It is nice to see celebrities use their fame for good, not evil (Charlie Sheen).

    March 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrBo

      Charlie Sheen is not Evil, he's WINNING

      March 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cateyes7

      #WINNING

      March 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenn

      The fact that she did give the money is great. I'm sure 99% of people on here haven't donated anything. So good for her.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Poor Broke College Grad/Graduate Student

      I wish celebrities would set up college funds for those of us who owe $40-60K in school loans.

      March 25, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Freethinkn

      Yeah, Poor Broke, cause student loan debt is the same as losing EVERYTHING........

      March 25, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Asperigas

      Gwen has great legs and much money. Im sure her heart very big too. Thank you.

      March 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • T9j

      Student Loans? Dude, u so needed to buy a guitar and join a band instead being a straight-a sissyboy.

      March 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |

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