Gwen Stefani has been ''unlucky in love'' in the past.

The 'Hollaback Girl' hitmaker opened up about tough times as she kicked off her 'I'm Just A Girl' residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino's Zappos Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday (27.06.18).

Speaking in a pre-taped video, which was played during her show, she said: ''When I was a little girl, I had this plan that I was going to be a mom and have a bunch of kids and be a wife and have that perfect family. That's something I dreamed of for a long time. But my own love life experience wasn't what I thought it would be.

''I feel I had so much love to give inside me, but I was unlucky in love, which has been a blessing, because I've been able to write about that and share that and have this friendly, blessed musical career. But there was a point in my life where I felt like I was losing everything. I mean, there's unlucky in love, but then there's unlucky in love and I lost my ability to have any confidence - not just about songwriting, but about everything. My hopes and my dreams. I was actually losing myself.''

However, Gwen - who has Kingston, 12, Zuma, nine, and Apollo, four, with her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale - feels grateful to have Blake Shelton in her life.

She added: ''I look back at all the times that my heart was broken and it was always music that healed me. I realised I had to find that again and recognise my gift again and find my confidence and get back and I needed to express all the pain and the anger and the betrayal that I was feeling. I had to remind myself that there is a light and a purpose and I just needed to find the truth and follow it.''