Adele is a private person. For that reason, she has somehow managed to maintain a persona away from the public eye. Yet, in the years of her stardom, the world has seen her change. Latest, she was separating from her partner and swearing off her day-to-day fame before she made headlines for losing weight.
However, her physicality is not the only changed aspect of her. The singer of the chart-topper Hello sat down in conversation with not one but two journalists for the first time in five years, speaking of her life and the new album it has birthed, a single from which is now imminent.
She believes that this album is much more self-reflective as she told Vogue. “I realized that I was the problem,” Adele says. “Cause all the other albums are like, you did this! You did that! Fuck you! Why can’t you arrive for me? Then I was like: Oh, shit, I’m the running theme, actually. Maybe it’s me!”
Despite coming so soon after her amicable divorce with Simon Konecki, it does not appear to be solely a tale of the lament of lost love.
She expresses in that interview, that even if this is a “divorce album,” it is not the conventional kind, it can be, when separating from the father of her child. “It was more me divorcing myself,” she says, laughing. “Just being like, Bitch, fuckin’ hot mess, get your fuckin’ shit together!”
Moreover, it was also a time of a “lot of therapy,” for her, and it was a time where she was addressing not just the divorce but her anxiety that stems from her volatile childhood. “I was so fragile when I was writing it that I wanted to work only with a few people,” Adele adds about this album she credits to be so close to her heart. She calls music her friend.
She also wishes for this album to become her narrative once her son is able to understand the intricacies of his parent’s divorce. She hopes this record would have the answers to his “Sweet, simple questions,” that she does not know how to help him comprehend yet.
“It’s sensitive for me, this record, just in how much I love it,” Adele adds in her conversation. “I always say that 21 doesn’t belong to me anymore. Everyone else took it into their hearts so much. I’m not letting go of this one. This is my album. I want to share myself with everyone, but I don’t think I’ll ever let this one go.”
“I feel like this album is self-destruction,” she had said in her interview with Vogue, “then self-reflection and then sort of self-redemption. But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time.”
She currently lives in LA with her son, Angelo.
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