Adele’s debut single ‘Hello’ off her hugely anticipated new album, racked up a record breaking 27million views on YouTube, is No 1 in 85 countries and had Kate Hudson crying into her pillow. It’s safe that Adele is on the top of her game right now. While her tunes are mostly autobiographical, the 27-year old singer has kept details of her personal life and new album relatively close to her chest – until now.
In her most candid interview yet, with Rolling Stones magazine, Adele spills all on her new music, how motherhood has changed her and why she was disappointed when she met her “idol”…
She’s totally over the ex who inspired her last album 21: “If I were still writing about him, that’d be terrible,” she says. “‘Hello’ is as much about regrouping with myself, reconnecting with myself.”
Marriage is far from her mind:“I have said a million times I’m not married and everyone still says we are,” she says about her beau of 4 years – Simon Konecki, 41. “We just haven’t felt the need to get married. We’ve got a kid together. I feel like that’s a big enough commitment.”
She’d love Rihanna to be in her squad: “I guess I have my own squad,” she says. “It’s not as interesting as some of the other squads that are around right now. But maybe Rihanna can be in my squad! That would be really cool. Oh, God. She’s life itself, isn’t she? I love her.”
She was disappointed by Blur frontman Damon Albarn: “It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments. And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him,” she revealed. “He said I was insecure, when I’m the least-insecure person I know. I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved — because he has a child — and then he calls me insecure?”
On why she quit smoking: “I absolutely loved it, but it’s not that fucking cool when I’m dying from a smoking-related illness and my kid is, like, devastated”) and has maybe one drink a week now.
Her hungover days are long gone:“I used to be able to drink anyone under the table and still be able to put on an all-right show,” she says. “But with kids, hangovers are torture. They just know. They pick up on it and just go for you.”
This album may never have happened:“I don’t know if I would’ve come back had I not had my kid.”
Madonna’s single Ray of Light
inspired her latest album 25:
“You know what I found so amazing about that record? That’s the record Madonna wrote after having her first child, and for me, it’s her best,” Adele said. “I was so all over the place after having a child, just because my chemicals were just hitting the fucking roof and shit like that.”
She’s frightened by fame:“I think it’s [fame] is really toxic, and I think it’s really easy to be dragged into it.”
By Emma Firth