Comedy is key! If there’s something Gavin Rossdale is really happy about when it comes to his three sons it’s their humor — which he calls his “favorite thing” about them.

“If you’re funny your life is easier,” the 53-year-old told Us Weekly. “You can learn to laugh through the hardest of times. I think humor is a beautiful tonic and a great way to learn and to think and reflect. So when [my sons] say things to me involuntarily, like when they’re funny or make me laugh, it makes me the proudest person in the world.”

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The Bush frontman shares Kingston, 12, Zuma, 10, and Apollo, 5, with ex-wife Gwen Stefani, who is currently in a relationship with The Voice judge Blake Shelton. While the singer is all about his children, he did once joke that kids aren’t exactly a positive thing all the time, saying that parenting is “a nightmare” and kids “ruin your life.” Gavin added, “It’s wonderful. It’s the best. They just give you a new life.”

Gavin and the No Doubt lead singer, 49, divorced in 2016, but the pair has done everything in their power to make sure their kids are fine through it all. “Their priority is making sure they maintain a safe and secure home for their children regardless of what’s happening,” a source close to Gwen once told People shortly after the split. “When you’re separated and have kids, you’re much more emotionally invested.”

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The pair has been quite open about their divorce, especially Gwen. “[Marriage] was the one thing I didn’t want to fail at. People can say whatever they want to about me, and I don’t get too affected,” the “Orange County Girl” singer told Glamour in an interview. “But I didn’t want them to think I was a failure.”

“I don’t think you’ll talk to one person who didn’t make it in a marriage who’s not gonna feel that way,” Gwen added. “The intention of being married is the vow, right? You want to put everything into it to make it a success.”