Adele: ’21’ lyrics come from my drunk diary’

Singer says 'a drunk tongue is an honest one'

Adele has revealed that she wrote some of the lyrics for her hugely successful second album ’21’ while drunk.

Speaking to The Sun, the singer admitted that she used to keep a “drunk diary” and would go through it the next day for lyrics and inspiration.

She said:

I used to have to lock myself away in my house, get pretty drunk and write a drunk diary – and that was the first time I could admit things to myself. A drunk tongue is an honest one in my opinion and the next morning I would read it through with an awful hangover and, in the cold light of day, had to absorb my feelings about myself. I was a bit scared that I wouldn’t be articulate enough. When I was 18 or 19 I didn’t regret anything, I was very much a teenager and thought I knew it all. I started realising my own flaws and my disappointments and I started regretting a lot of stuff. It was quite an awakening.

Adele also revealed that she submitted a song for the 2010 romantic comedy Love And Other Drugs, but that the track was rejected by producers. She said: “I really wanted to have the soundtrack for Love And Other Drugs. I was in for a good shot but I submitted the wrong song. I love that kind of movie. Maybe next time.”

The singer also said that she would love to do a soundtrack for Taxi Driver director Martin Scorsese, she added: “I want to do a Martin Scorsese film, but I don’t know if I am trained enough to offer something that good for one of his movies.”

Adele tours the UK next month.