We’re not sure anyone has yet recovered from Adele’s return to the world of music, heartbreak and tears (so many tears). We had her new hit song Hello on repeat for the entire duration of the Bank Holiday Weekend and, testament to her unwavering popularity, she’s even managed to knock Taylor Swift off the Billboard number one spot with this ballad. We shared the video the minute it dropped last week and now we’re even more excited to be reading the Oscar winner’s first interview in three whole years.
In an exclusive with ID Magazine, Adele is, thankfully, as down-to-Earth and affable as ever, elaborating on her fear of fame, her unwillingness to play the game like so many of her competitors do and her love of motherhood. You can read the full interview over yonder – it’s hilarious, and you’ll feel as though you’re sitting on a couch with her, just chatting – but here’re some choice quotes to brighten up your Wednesday morning.
After the death of her granddad at 10 years of age, Adele Atkins set her sights on becoming a heart surgeon, “I wanted to fix people’s hearts” she said. And though she eventually got distracted by ‘fun and boys’, we still reckon her trade lends itself to mending hearts, albeit in a more emotional way. Her mum thought the same, upon hearing the unmixed version of Someone Like You years later, “She was pretty teary. ‘You are a surgeon,’ she said, ‘You’re fixing people’s hearts.'”
On the subject of her creative process, Adele likes to keep things simple, by strolling to the shops and buying a new notepad: “I do it every 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 fuck did that happen?!’ 21 to 25.”
On the difference between album 21 and 25: “I was very conscious not to make 21 again. 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? Bit cliché, innit? Also, how I felt when I wrote 21, it ain’t worth feeling like that again. I was very sad and very lonely. Regardless of being a mum or a girlfriend, I didn’t want to feel like that again.”
On motherhood? “It’s fucking hard. I thought it would be easy. ‘Everyone fucking does it, how hard can it be?’ Ohhhhh…” she sighs dramatically, “I had no idea. It is hard but it’s phenomenal. It’s the greatest thing I ever did. He makes me be a dickhead, and he makes me feel young and there’s nothing more grounding than a kid kicking off and refusing to do what you’re asking of them. It used to be that my own world revolved around me, but now it has to revolve around him.”
We also hope she never stops giving zingers like this: “I gave birth a few nights before the Skyfall premiere, that’s why I didn’t do anything for it. He was about to drop out my fanny at, like, any moment.”
On the toxicity of fame: “I’m just frightened of it, 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… It’s basically a bit like Stars In Their Eyes when you go into the smoke and you come out as someone else… I get worried of them looking at me going into the smoke and never coming out. It’s a bit toxic, fame. I’ve got enough toxins in me body, I don’t need any of that!”