WASHINGTON — Grammy-winning singer Adele recently opened up about her forthcoming album “30,” her divorce, and her inevitable return to the spotlight.
The “Rolling in the Deep” singer had her first sit-down interview in five years with a media organization, her last being in 2016.
“I have to sort of gear myself up to be famous again, which, famously, I don’t really like being,” she said.
In the past five years, the “Hello” singer raised her son Angelo and got married and divorced her now ex-husband, Simon Konecki.
Adele said the new album explains her life changes but is ultimately a letter to her now 9-year-old son.
“My son has had a lot of questions,” she said.
“Really good questions, really innocent questions, that I just don’t have an answer for (like) why can’t you still live together? I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why 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,” she said.
Adele married the businessman in 2018 when she was 30 — the titular name of the album — and said the record would encourage those lost in a relationship to move on.
“Can you imagine couples listening to it in the car? It’d be so awkward. I think a lot of women are going to be like, ‘I’m done,’” she said.
The star explained what she hoped for in “30,” comparing it to her two previous blockbusters.
“I was drunk as a fart on ‘21’; I really don’t remember much, I just remember being really sad,” she said.
“On ‘25,’ I was obviously sober as anything because I was a new mum. That one, I was sort of more in tune with what I thought people might want or not want. With this one, I made the very conscious decision to be like, for the first time in my life, actually, ‘What do I want?’”
What she wanted, in part, was to resume working with Greg Kurstin, who paired famously well with her on “25,” and Max Martin, London producer Inflo (known for his work with Sault), and Swedish composer and producer Ludwig Goransson, who won an Academy Award for his “Black Panther” score and has worked closely with Childish Gambino. There are no featured guests on the record.
Adele also said “30” contains a rollercoaster of emotion.
“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.”
Adele also appeared on the cover of the American edition of a fashion magazine, with a completely different story as well as different cover shoots.
“Easy On Me,” the first single from “30”, is dropping on Oct. 15, 2021.
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Ojaswin Kathuria and Nikita Nikhil
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