Marking this as her first sit-down interview in five years, Adele spoke to British Vogue about new love, divorce, her new album, and her new piano ballad ‘Easy On Me,’ which is set for an October 15th release.



“It’s sensitive for me, this record, just in how much I love it.  I always say that 21 doesn’t belong to me anymore. Everyone else took it into their hearts so much. I’m not letting go of this one. This is my album. I want to share myself with everyone, but I don’t think I’ll ever let this one go,” Adele says of her new collection of music.  So what should the fans expect to hear on her new album? “I feel like it is self-destruction… then self-reflection and then sort of self-redemption. But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time,” Adele shares.



Adele, now 33, ‘dove into unexplored issues with her father,’ which she says she’d been avoiding as an adult, and also led to patterns in her love life, “Not being sure if someone who is supposed to love you loves you, and doesn’t prioritize you in any capacity when you’re little. You assume it and get used to it.  So my relationship with men in general, my entire life, has always been: You’re going to hurt me, so I’ll hurt you first. It’s just toxic and prevents me from actually finding any happiness,” she told British Vogue.



Adele then opened up about her divorce – she split from her ex-husband Simon Konecki in 2019 and has since found love with mega-sports agent Richard Paul, “Rich just incredibly arrived. I don’t feel anxious or nervous or frazzled. It’s quite the opposite.  It’s wild — and there is no second-guessing. I’m a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who’s actually in charge. The last thing I need is someone who doesn’t know where they’re at, or what they want. I know what I want. And I really know what I don’t want,” she says.



Adele confessed her new album ‘was recorded for her 8-year old son,’ who she shares with Simon.  She recalled ‘the many questions’ her son had about their split, “Really good questions, really innocent questions, that I just don’t have an answer for,” including, ‘Why can’t you still live together?’ For the record, Simon lives just across the way from my Los Angeles home so things changed as little as possible for our son.”



In addition, Adele told British Vogue that ‘when her boy is in his 20s or 30s he can understand who she is now,’ “I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.  After going through a divorce, my requirements are sky-high. There’s a very big pair of shoes to fill.”



As for the album, it won’t be a divorce record, “I assumed it would be about my divorce, but it’s kind of not.  The range of the album is described elsewhere as stretching from my usual singer-songwriter gear to midnight chanteuse to chilled Balearic club at sundown.  I feel like this album is self-destruction, then self-reflection and then sort of self-redemption. But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time.”  Fun fact – Adele wrote the album’s first song back in 2018.



Adele lost 100 pounds over the course of two years, and turned heads when she posted a photo back in May of 2020 that racked up more than 12 million likes and a quarter-million comments, “But I needed to get addicted to something to get my mind right.  It could have been knitting, but it wasn’t. People are shocked because I didn’t share my ‘journey.’ They’re used to people documenting everything on Instagram, and most people in my position would get a big deal with a diet brand. I couldn’t give a flying f—. I did it for myself and not anyone else. So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”

For Adele’s full interview, click here.

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