She’s the queen of the break-up song; the heart-rending lyricist who hits the nail on the head when it comes to heartbreak and now Adele has announced that she feels she can finally bid adieu to the ghost of her ex.
In an interview with The Guardian, the multi-award-winning singer has spoken out about the healing-power of a new relationship, how fame has changed her life, and the feelings of doubt that lie behind each iconic anthem.
“It sounds obvious,” she says, “But I think you can only learn to love again when you fall in love again.”
“My love is deep and true with my man, and that puts me in a position where I can finally reach out a hand to the ex. Let him know I’m over it.”
Although it must be difficult to be in a relationship with someone whose songs are largely about a past relationship, the singer maintains that they’re separate things, saying that her boyfriend, charity executive called Simon Konecki is “fine with it.”
“’Your writing isn't anything to do with me,’” the singer reports Konecki saying.
“It takes a strong man, I think, to be like that,” she says.
On Friday, the singer’s long awaited third album, 25, will be released. The album’s first single, Hello, has already racked-up an astonishing 380,534,401 YouTube views at time of writing, sold over half a million copies in the UK alone, and accelerated straight to number one in the charts here and in the US – under a month after release.
And yet, this 27-year-old Tottenham-born dreamer-turned megastar, is not resting on her laurels, revealing to the paper that she is “60% excited, 40% shitting it” about the reception of her new album – despite the unprecedented success of her previous two.
“You can’t make assumptions,” she says. “I don’t think anything’s a given. You don’t know.”
Other than a modest approach, the difference at the heart of her new album, 25, and the previous success of 21, is that 25 didn’t come to the singer quite as easily as 21 did.
The singer reveals that this is, in part, due to her new role as a mother – she was unable to completely immerse herself in her song writing.
“I couldn’t give in to any of that in order to access my creativity. There was no opportunity…. Because now I’m responsible for someone,” says the singer.
But despite this, Adele says that having her son, Angelo (age) has endowed her with a confidence she didn’t have before.
“I felt so mega having given birth; the confidence from that, I felt unstoppable,” she says.
“I felt proud of what I’d achieved with 21 for the first time. And now everything I do, in every channel of my life, is part of a legacy that I’m making for my child.”
But there is a price Adele has had to pay for her fame and fortune:
“When I walk into a room full of people that I don’t know, they stop talking,” she says.
“If I go up to someone and ask what they do for a living, they’ll say, ‘Oh, that’s not very interesting, compared to what you do.’ But it is interesting. I’m interested.”
Sometimes, she says, it’s simply easier for her not to attend an event- be it a friend’s birthday or engagement – because the event becomes all about her presence.
“It’s lonely. It makes you lonely,” she says.
“It’s very easy to give in to being famous," she says. "It draws you in. Really, it’s harder work resisting it. But after a while I just refused to accept a life that was not real,” she says.
It’s undeniable that with such success and notoriety, things will change – whether she wants them to or not, but Adele believes that fame doesn’t change the famous, “it’s everyone else that changes,” she says.
There is one thing different about the multi-million pound star, though, which she admits in her interview:
“I started shopping at Waitrose,” she says.