Adele Gave Some Incredible Quotes In Her First Big Feature Interview In Three Years

Adele’s been a bit quiet since releasing 21 – which became the UK’s biggest-selling album of the 2010s – four years ago. Since then she’s done a Bond theme (the masterful ‘Skyfall’) and become a mum, but hasn’t given a proper sit down feature interview in three years. So when she recently chatted to ID about her new, forthcoming album 25, there was plenty to talk about.

First: the music. The interview’s publication was preceded by the video for new single ‘Hello’, a haunting piano ballad, which she addressed during the chat, while we also learned that 25 features collaborations with Danger Mouse and Bruno Mars and even sees Adele go disco on ‘When We Were Young’.

She also discusses motherhood, growing up, Amy Winehouse fame and much, more more. Here are the best bits, but give the full interview a read. It’s a belter, reminding us why she’s one of the most relateable and funny pop stars around. Who else would reflect on pregnancy with the words “He was about to drop out my fanny at, like, any moment”? Never change, Adele.

On growing up

“Becoming a parent and moving past my mid-twenties, I simply don’t have the capacity to worry about as many things that I used to really enjoy worrying about. Oh yeah, I used to fucking love the drama of all of it, but now I’m a mum I only have so much head space. I’ve got to clear a lot of stuff the fuck out, which is really therapeutic, ’cause I can really hold a grudge. Life is so much easier when you don’t hoard your past.”

On not repeating 21

“I was very conscious not to make 21 again. I definitely wasn’t going to write a heartbreak record ’cause I’m not heartbroken, but I probably won’t be able to better the one I did, so what’s the point? Bit cliché, innit? Also, how I felt when I wrote 21, it ain’t worth feeling like that again. I was very sad and very lonely. Regardless of being a mum or a girlfriend, I didn’t want to feel like that again.”

On acting in the ‘Hello’ video

“[Director Xavier Dolan] said I was quite good. I had to cry and everything. You know what, I feel like a bit of a cunt after saying for all these years I’d never act, because I really enjoyed it.”

On being a mum

“It’s fucking hard. I thought it would be easy – ‘Everyone fucking does it, how hard can it be?’ Ohhhhh, I had no idea. It is hard but it’s phenomenal. It’s the greatest thing I ever did. He makes me be a dickhead, and he makes me feel young and there’s nothing more grounding than a kid kicking off and refusing to do what you’re asking of them. It used to be that my own world revolved around me, but now it has to revolve around him.”

On ‘Hello’

“The song is about hurting someone’s feelings but it’s also about trying to stay in touch with myself, which sometimes can be a little bit hard to do. It’s about a yearning for the other side of me. When I’m away, I really, really miss my life at home. The way that I feel when I’m not in England, is… desperation. I can’t breathe anywhere else. I’m so attached to my whole life here. I get worked up that I’m missing out on things. So Hello is about wanting to be at home and wanting to reach out to everyone I’ve ever hurt – including myself – and apologise for it.”

On meeting Stevie Nicks

“I was sobbing all over her oh my god. I don’t really like crying in front of famous people because it’s awkward and it can make them feel really uncomfortable. But I couldn’t contain myself.”

On the four-year wait between albums

“Sometimes I wonder if I’ve missed it by a year, bringing it back. But you know, I was being a mum. I couldn’t rush it. And you’ve got to give people a chance to miss you.”

On not hitting her groove immediately when recording the new album

“I started knocking out some shit songs – they weren’t shit, they were good pop songs, but I was just trying to bang it out, I didn’t want to think about it. And, you know, it got rejected. My manager was like, ‘This isn’t good enough.’ It knocked my confidence a bit, but I also knew, you know. And then I flew Rick Rubin over, to play him the songs and he was like, ‘I don’t believe you.’ That’s my worst fear: people not believing me. So I went back to the drawing board.”

On owing a debt to Amy Winehouse

“If it wasn’t for Amy and ‘Frank’, one hundred per cent I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar, I wouldn’t have written ‘Daydreamer’ or ‘Hometown’ and I wrote ‘Someone Like You’ on the guitar too. Contrary to reports, me and Amy didn’t really know each other, we weren’t friends or anything like that. I went to Brit School and she went for a little while. But a million per cent if I hadn’t heard ‘Frank’ this wouldn’t have happened. I adored her.”

On the Amy documentary

“I wasn’t going to [watch it]. I loved her and I went through my own massive grieving process as her fan. I’d finally got to a place where I felt really great about the impact she’d had on my life, in every way. I felt really, really fond of it all. But then I read this review of [the documentary] and that made me go and see it. I got super emotional with the funeral footage. But I wasn’t really that into the saved voicemails and stuff like that. I felt like I was intruding so I actually felt a little bit uncomfortable and that ruined it for me. I love watching her, but I kind of wish I hadn’t seen it. But you know, I love Amy. I always have, I always will. Do you know what makes me super sad? That I’m never going to hear her voice again, other than how I’ve heard it.”

On giving birth

“I gave birth a few nights before the Skyfall premiere, that’s why I didn’t do anything for it. He was about to drop out my fanny at, like, any moment.”

On fame

“I’m just frightened of it, you know? Frightened of it destroying me and it ruining me, and me getting lost and turning into some of the people that I love with my whole musical heart. I get frightened. And I get frightened for the people that I love, feeling like they’ve lost me.”