Adele says new album ’25’ is about ‘trying to clear out the past’

British singer will follow previous effort '21' on November 20

Adele has spoken about her upcoming album in a new interview with i-D.

The interview is Adele’s first in three years and sees the British singer discussing several tracks set to appear on ’25’, as well as recently revealed lead single ‘Hello’.

Previously describing the LP as more of a “make-up album” than a “break-up album”, Adele has now said that the album is a nostalgic look at her past and how quickly time has gone since her last release, 2011’s ’21’.

“I was like, ‘How the fuck did that happen?! 21 to 25’,” she says, adding of her early 20s: “Those were the most real and best moments of my life and I wish I’d known that I wasn’t going to be able to sit in the park and drink a bottle of cider again.”

“I think the album is about trying to clear out the past,” she added. “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… 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.”

Speaking about the four-year delay between the records, Adele continued: “I was being a mum. I couldn’t rush it. And you’ve got to give people a chance to miss you… For a while, it felt like this moment was never gonna come ’cause I couldn’t access myself to write a record. So I’m super chuffed and really proud of the songs. I’m shitting myself about it all, but it will be exciting.”

In the interview, Adele describes new track ‘I Miss You’ as being about “intimacy on every level. It’s about sex, it’s about arguing, one of the most intimate moments in my life. ‘Cause you just blurt it out. It’s a bit like, a drunk tongue is an honest one. That’s definitely my motto, in life. That’s why I don’t really like drinking no more. The panic you get when you wake up the next morning.”


Another song, ‘When We Were Young’, she says was recorded on neo-classical composer Philip Glass’ piano, while pop star Bruno Mars features on an unnamed track. The singer also worked with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry producer Max Martin for collaboration ‘Send My Love To Your New Lover’, which i-D describe as having a “calypso vibe”.

Of new single ‘Hello’, Adele says 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… About wanting to be at home and wanting to reach out to everyone I’ve ever hurt – including myself – and apologise for it… It’s not about anyone specifically. It’s about friends, ex-boyfriends, it’s about myself, it’s about my family. It’s also about my fans as well. I feel like everyone thinks I’m so far away and I’m not. Everyone thinks I live in fucking America, I don’t.”

Having recently announced her first live performance since 2013, Adele opened up more about her future plans, saying: “I’d like to tour properly… Dunno about more kids. Maybe… I’ll go into acting… I’d like to make another record… I’d like to make records forever with the time I’ve been given for this one. If I can do that I’ll be really fucking happy.”

Read the full interview over at i-D.

Meanwhile, Adele’s ‘Hello’ is on course to become fastest-selling single of 2015 in the UK.

The comeback single was released last Friday (October 23) and is fans’ first taste of her new album ’25’, due for release on November 20.

Watch Adele’s video for ‘Hello’ below.