With her band’s new album “Push and Shove” set to see in its release on September 25th, Gwen Stefani nabbed herself a little added European exposure by covering the October 2012 issue of ELLE UK.

Always the fashionista, the 42-year-old singer showed off her colorful self in a McQ floral dress with an edgy Peter Pilotto top for the Matt Irwin shot front page while dishing about everything from the challenges of being a parent to making a musical career comeback.

Highlights from Miss Stefani’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to ELLE UK!

On her ELLE UK cover gig:
“This is actually my third British Elle cover shoot. It feels really, really good. It was really easy, It was really fun. And its just exciting because the reason why you’re letting me do the Elle cover is because the new No Doubt record is coming out – and so, that makes it all the more real.”

On being a parent:
“Being a mom is hard.”