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After being absent from the public eye for the past three years, Adele exploded back onto the scene with her first single, Hello. It’s been breaking records left and right, and has everyone anxiously waiting for the release of 25.
She sat down with i-D magazine, and shared a candid, emotional and poetic conversation with journalist Hattie Collins. Here are 10 things we learned from that interview.
1. She buys a new notebook every album
She explains the process of beginning a new album: “I buy a new pad, sniff it – ’cause smell is important – and then I get a big, fat sharpie and write my age on the front page. 25 has five exclamation marks after it ’cause I was like, ‘How the f—k did that happen?!’ 21 to 25.”
2. 25 is about nostalgia
Her Twitter letter gave us a little insight on what her upcoming album would be about, but in this interview she expands on those ideas: “This record is “about getting older and becoming nostalgic. It’s about what was, what is, what might have been. It’s about missing things that you had no idea were so precious, like being 18-years-old and drinking two litre bottles of cider in Brockwell Park with your mates.”
3. She didnt’t want to make another record about heartbreak…
..fully aware that she would never top 21. “I was very conscious not to make 21 again,” she says. “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?”
4. She loved 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 c—t after saying for all these years I’d never act, because I really enjoyed it,” she says. When she had to cry on command, she listened to Labrinth’s heartbreaking song Jealous.
5. Being a mom is hard, but it’s her greatest accomplishment.
On motherhood: “It’s f—king hard. I thought it would be easy. ‘Everyone f—king 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 It used to be that my own world revolved around me, but now it has to revolve around him.”
6. She’s deeply attached to England
Contrary to popular belief, she doesn’t live in the U.S.: “When I’m away, I really, really miss my life at home. The way that I feel when I’m not in England, is…” she pauses, “desperation. I can’t breathe anywhere else. I dunno. I’m so attached to my whole life here. I get worked up that I’m missing out on things.”
7. She suffers from Drunk Tongue
“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…” We feel that, Adele.
8. Amy Winehouse’s Frank changed Adele’s entire career path
Adele originally wanted to be a heart surgeon: “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.”
9. Fame scares her
You can kind of tell that Adele doesn’t like being in the spotlight, she’s probably been caught the paps a total of three times in the last year. She says, “I’m just frightened of [fame], 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.”
10. She wants to make records forever
“I’d like to be able to stand the test of time and the speed that the world is moving. 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 f—king happy.”
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