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Watch: Adele releases video of 'very intimate' new song Hello

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Adele's long-awaited new single Hello has finally dropped.

The ballad was leaked online ahead of a planned debut on Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 breakfast show on Friday morning.

The singer told the DJ that she though she was "going to belch" with nerves ahead of the single's first airplay.

"My hips just started hurting, as I'm getting so nervous," she said. "There's a heartbeat in my hips for some reason."

Watch the video here:

The 27-year-old described her new album, 25, as "very intimate" and "very conversational" and revealed that she had actually penned an album about being a mum to her son Angelo, but "scrapped" it because it was "pretty boring".

Earlier this week she released a lengthy statement confirming her new album and apologising to fans for her four years off.

In the open letter posted on her official Facebook page, she explained that her highly-anticipated third album, out on 20 Novemeber, is inspired by overcoming feelings of regret and baggage in her mid-twenties.

“I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else,” she says. “I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time...I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done.”

While her past works focussed on her break-ups, she says the new release is a ‘make-up record’.

Read Adele's full statement:

When I was 7 I wanted to be 8. When I was 8 I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12 I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I’m ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it! I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored. Wishing I wasn’t so matter of fact all the time. Wishing I’d gotten to know my great grandmother more, and wishing I didn’t know myself so well, because it means I always know what’s going to happen in the end. Wishing I hadn’t cut my hair off, wishing I was 5’7”. Wishing I’d waited and wishing I’d hurried up as well.

My last record was a break up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my 20s. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk. I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back. When I was in it I wanted out! So typical. I’m on about being a teenager, sitting around and chatting shit, not caring about the future because it didn’t matter then like it does now. The ability to be flippant about everything and there be no consequences. Even following and breaking rules ... is better than making the rules. 25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.

Love, Adele

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Adele says she is "making up for lost time" in her new album

The singer teased a 28-second song snippet from the album in a surprise TV ad over the weekend.

Despite being the music industry's most talked-about comeback in years, the ad that aired during Saturday night's X Factor was simple and unshowy, relying on Adele's emotion-filled voice to provide the impact, as her lyrics flashed up on a blank screen.

"Hello, it's me. I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet to go over everything. They say that time's supposed to heal you, but I ain't done much healing."

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The advert teasing Adele's new album (Credit: Columbia Records/ITV)

The singer's excited fans took to social media in their droves as soon as the ad was aired.

Calling the album 25 is in keeping with the pattern of her first two albums 19 and 21, the latter of which won six Grammy Awards after its January 2011 release and sold 4.74 million copies in the UK and 11 million in the US.

Adele released the James Bond theme tune Skyfall in October 2012, earning her an Academy Award.

Watch the teaser for Adele's new album 25:

Images: Adele/Facebook, Rex Features

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