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Fergie Explains How Motherhood Affected the Timing of Her New Album

The celeb mom says she felt like pregnancy "reset" her -- and she chose to prioritize time with her son over heading back to the studio.

If Fergie's fans weren't entirely sure what took the singer 11 years to release the follow-up to her solo debut The Duchess, now they have their answer. The celeb mom recently spoke with EW, explaining that welcoming her now 4-year-old son, Axl, with estranged husband Josh Duhamel was a game-changer.

"I’m not going to sacrifice time with my child,” Fergie noted. “That’s just not going to happen. They can keep banging on my door [to release an album], but I’m like, “I’m with Axl. I’m off the grid! Bye!”

She went onto reveal that she started to feel a shift with her priorities when she was expecting Axl. “Getting pregnant reset me,” Fergie shared. “I just got on my game. People wanted me to release it and I was like, ‘It’s good, but I want it to be great.'”

In order to make that happen, she threw herself even more into the process than she had in the past. “I’ve never taken this much responsibility," the 42-year-old said. "I’m executive-producing [the album] and I kept wanting to make it better and better. I wanted to strive for greatness.”

And of course at the same time she was juggling her time with Axl. She elaborated, “It’s totally different [than the first time around], even the hours in the studio are different. Everything has to be so masterfully scheduled that it’s crazy.”

Props to Fergie for being so forthcoming about the natural ebb and flow of her creative process and what it takes to be a working mom in her industry. Seems like she managed to strike that elusive balance between striving "for greatness," while still managing to set boundaries with her personal life. Admirable indeed!