As deadly wildfires continue to ravage Southern California, many celebrities are sharing their own personal stories and experiences with the inferno, including Gwen Stefani.
The pop superstar, who was born and raised in the Golden State, recently spent some time overseas in Dubai, and couldn’t have predicted what was about to happen when she arrived back home.
Turns out that she returned to California as the blaze was drawing near her home. And her country beau, Blake Shelton, was unable to be by her side. Luckily, though, Gwen and her sons were unharmed, and she is thankful for that.
“I’m OK,” she insisted, while appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Dec. 8. She then recalled the thoughts that ran through her mind the moment she realized she might potentially have to deal with the blaze by herself.
“I was home alone, and literally Blake flew out the morning of [the start of the fires,] and I was like ‘You’re going to leave me here in the fire? This is crazy,’” she said.
Even though Blake wasn’t able to bring Gwen to safety, she says her eldest son did the one thing he could to help his mama in her time of need.
“What I was really proud of is Kingston kept texting me,” she said. “He was like, ‘Mom, I’m praying for you. I hope that God puts a force field around us and the winds blow the other way,’ because we were scared. It’s scary, and who knows what’s going to happen next … I kept thinking, ‘Should I put the sprinklers on now?’ Like, it is really scary, especially when you’re going to sleep by yourself. And, you saw my house, what my house is like,” she told Ellen. “My son’s like, ‘Don’t wear your ear plugs tonight. Turn your ringer on, so you can hear if someone calls.'”
Gwen also revealed that she was concerned about Ellen, due to the proximity of the fires to the talk show host and comedian’s neighborhood.
“I was thinking about you a lot last night,” she told Ellen. “I was thinking about your house in Santa Barbara, and the winds were going that way. Then I just started thinking about you, because I knew I was going to come see you.”
“We had to evacuate,” Ellen then confirmed.
Since Monday, Dec. 4, at least a half-dozen out-of-control fires have spread across Southern California. According to CNN, the fires have not only sent 190,000 residents out of their homes, but also destroyed nearly 160,000 acres of land so far.
Our hearts go out to the victims affected by this horrific event.