Appearing in Time Magazine's recent 'The Year Ahead' edition, Adele gave a lengthy interview covering '25', motherhood, her upcoming world tour, her immense popularity, and the detrimental effects of social media. Even that rumoured Beyoncé collaboration came up. Here are 12 things we learned about her in the process.
1. She fully aware of what makes her music popular
Asked why so many people respond to her music, she said, "The fact that I’m not shy or embarrassed to be falling apart. Everyone falls apart, I think. A lot of people try to be brave and not shed a tear. Sometimes when you know someone else feels as shit as you do, or approaches things in a certain way just like you do, it makes you feel better about yourself. Even though my music is melancholy, there’s also joy in that. I hope I do bring joy to people’s lives, and not just sadness, but I think there’s there’s a comfort in it. But I honestly don’t know. If I knew, I would bottle it, and sell it to everyone else."
2. Her life is pointedly normal
She lives with boyfriend Simon Konecki and their son Angelo in London. “It’s as normal a life as I can have. I think people would be pretty surprised. When I’m not doing a photo shoot, it’s just me, my boyfriend and the baby. I think it’s really important so that you don’t get fucked up by everything. It’s important so you stay in touch with yourself. If you lose touch with yourself, no one’s going to want to talk to you or listen to anything you’re fucking doing. They’ll just point at you and laugh. At you, not with you.
3. Being a mother has helped her manage her schedule
“The other day I was saying, ‘Oh God, I’m finding this really hard again with a kid,'” she said. “I have no time for myself because in between doing this, all my spare time is with him. But then I realised, he’s been keeping me totally cool and calm about the whole thing."
4. She's already a brilliant mum
"He makes me so proud of myself, and he makes me like myself so much. And I’ve always liked myself. I’ve never not liked myself. I don’t have hangups like that. But I’m so proud of myself that I made him in my belly. Cooked him in my belly and then he came out of me! This human who’s suddenly walking around and doing his own thing. I can’t wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be or what movies he likes… Whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what.”
5. Artists don't need brands, they need 'packages'
Adele isn't a fan of personal brands. "I don’t like that word. It makes me sound like a fabric softener, or a packet of crisps. I’m not that. But there’s personality in an artist, and if you’re expecting people to let you in and give themselves to you, you have to be a whole package. I feel like some artists — and this isn’t shading any artist, just me trying to come up with my own explanation — the bigger they get, the more horrible they get, and the more unlikable. And I don’t care if you make an amazing album — if I don’t like you, I ain’t getting your record. I don’t want you being played in my house if I think you’re a bastard.”
6. She's not going to spoil her son
“I’m very self-conscious that I have a kid, and I don’t want him being one of those dickheads, who grows up being, like, ‘Driver, driver!' [snapping her fingers] 'I have no clean clothes!' Well, have you washed them? I really don’t want him growing up like that. I’m very conscious of it.”
7. She's a 'lioness' about her family
“My record is about my real life, so I have to talk about it. If you try to intrude or come near my family, I’m a lioness. Especially because my boyfriend isn’t famous. So I think it’s really unfair for anyone to want unlimited access to my family when we’re not a brand. Some people do, and if you’re happy to do it, then kudos — that’s fucking great. But I don’t want my family to be part of my package. If my kid decides that when he’s old enough to make his own decision that he wants to be known for being my kid, I’ll be annoyed, but I won’t stop him. I’ll be like, ‘It’s your choice now.’ But this was my dream. This isn’t theirs.”
8. She's a fan of surprise releases
"When you have a six-month build up, don’t expect me to be there the day your album comes out, because I’m bored. It doesn’t matter how amazing it is. You put seven songs out. I’ve heard the album. I’ve heard everything you want to say about it. I’ve heard it all over radio. Don’t expect me to not lose interest before it’s even happened.”
9. She would act for 'Hello' director Xavier Dolan again
“I’ve been pretty spoiled with him. He just knows what he’s doing. I have no interest in acting for the foreseeable future, at all, especially while I’m doing my music, because I can’t give my all into two things, but I would consider it for him. I liked how he made me feel when I was doing it. So I’d do it for him.”
10. She thinks that social media is sometimes bullshit
"Privacy is key to being able to write a real record, whether people like it or not. My life has changed so much, but I’ve made the realest record I can make, and it’s the real part of me. How am I supposed to write a real record if I’m waiting for half a million likes on a fucking photo? That ain’t real.”
11. There could be duets on the next album, but probably not with Beyoncé
Talking about the Beyoncé collaboration rumour for '25' – the one that never happened – she says, “Whoever started that rumour must have been having a laugh because anyone who knows me knows that my main priority in life outside of my child is Beyoncé. I really wanted to do a duet on this album. I spoke to someone about it who I wanted to do it with, and we got on like a house on fire, and then we just couldn’t logistically really get it to work. I can’t say who it is because I want to do it in the future. That’s the only reason. It wasn’t Beyoncé!”
12. She wants to 'fly' on her tour
On her world tour, Adele is planning something pretty spectacular. “I’m not just going to stand there! I really would like to fly through the arena for the beginning, but no one’s having it.”