Blur frontman previously labelled singer's music as 'middle of the road'
In September, Albarn confirmed that he had worked with Adele for her new album but doubted that the material would ever be used. He described her music as “middle of the road” while calling the star “very insecure”.
Adele later responded to the perceived criticism, saying that she “regrets” attempting to work with one of her musical idols. The singer said: “None of it was right. None of it suited my record… He said I was insecure, when I’m the least insecure person I know. I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved — because he has a child — and then he calls me insecure?”
Speaking to Time Out, Albarn said that his comment was taken out of context and used by the media to create a story. “I was Number Five on Twitter… I mean, how pathetic is that?” he said.
“It’s not even true: it’s amazing how people will run with stuff that has no credence whatsoever and turn it into something and then watch the reaction.”
Describing the negative comments he received online over the remarks, Albarn said: “People were not kind, it was… enlightening”. He added: “I’m used to it. Listen, I’m here because I love writing music and it’s a privilege”.
Albarn was quoted by The Sun as saying: “Adele asked me to work with her and I took the time out for her… Will she use any of the stuff? I don’t think so.”
He continued: “The thing is, she’s very insecure. And she doesn’t need to be, she’s still so young”. Albarn also described her new music as “middle of the road”.
“It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments,” Adele told Rolling Stone of the session with Albarn. “The saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him,” she added.
Adele’s new album ’25’ was released on Friday (November 20). It looks set to break first-week sales records after selling 538,000 copies in 72 hours.