“Gwen and I wrote a song together about five years ago, I think, maybe six … called ‘Go Ahead and Break My Heart’, and it was on the ‘If I’m Honest’ album. And I remember at that time we were just starting to see each other and we were both going through horrible breakups, divorces, horrible in that it was just it was just sad. And there were times where Gwen and I would be like, ‘Are we rebounding here? Is that what we’re doing together? Because this makes no sense.’ And so we would always have these conversations like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re just getting over our crap with each other.’ And so that’s where that song was born out of, and it was interesting because all of a sudden there was this girl that I was just starting to see and spend time with and that I was obviously crazy about.
As we wrote this song and we wrote it on voice notes or whatever, sending them back and forth with each other, and it was only then did it dawn on me, not that it dawned on me, but it really was a shocker to me that, ‘Oh my God, I’m writing a song with Gwen Stefani.’ Only then did it hit me, she’s an incredible songwriter. These things she’s coming up with, and then her voice on the voice notes and the way she sounded just singing it like a little scratch vocal to show me what she was thinking. You talk to her and she sounds like Gwen, but when she sings, all of a sudden, it’s the girl; it’s ‘Don’t Speak. It’s that icon.
I’m still not really over that hump. I remember when we were recording the vocals for ‘Happy Anywhere’, [I was] texting the writers like, ‘Oh my God, you’re going to sh**… Gwen Stefani is singing your song right now.’ And they were freaking out. I still have those moments when we get into work mode, I know that it should be super like emotional and personal and this, because we haven’t done that many, we’ve done four songs together, and I’m still more in blown away fan shocked mode when I actually work with her.”
Blake on working with Gwen, Apple Music’s At Home With Sessions, June 2021