Adele details newly avowed 'self-redemption' record after divorce and body image conversations

'I feel like this album is self-destruction… then self-reflection and then sort of self-redemption'
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For the first time in five years, Adele has given an interview and caught us all up on the last half-decade of her life.

Speaking with British Vogue as well as gracing the November issue cover, the “Rolling in the Deep” songstress opened up going through a divorce, body image, and her newly avowed “self-redemption” record. Her first single from the new project arrives on October 15.

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Ahead of anything, Adele tells British Vogue journalist, Giles Hattersley, “I have to sort of gear myself up to be famous again, which famously I don’t really like being.”

The artist has not spoken to the press since 2016, but now the powerhouse has fully confirmed her return…after last week’s mysterious global billboard stunt.

Now at 33-years-old, Adele explains, “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.”

The artist reveals that this new project was recorded for her eight-year-old son, Angelo, in an attempt to answer his questions about her divorce from Simon Konecki.

Adele shared, “My son has had a lot of questions. Really good questions, really innocent questions, that I just don’t have an answer for.”

“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.”

On her divorce from Konecki, Adele explained, “My anxiety was so terrible; I’d forget what I had or hadn’t said to Angelo about separating. Obviously, Simon and I never fought over him or anything like that. Angelo’s just like, ‘I don’t get it.’ I don’t really get it either. There are rules that are made up in society of what happens and doesn’t happen in marriage and after marriage, but I’m a very complex person. I’ve always let him know how I’m feeling from a very young age because I felt quite frazzled as an adult.”

Moving forward, the Brit joked about how moving to California has made her more, “LA,” noting “I’ve got fit and ’ealfy.”

But on a more serious note, Adele does open up about body image and circles back to that May 2020 Instagram post that opened up the internet gates of hell leading to the topic of “Adele’s weight loss.”

The image of the singer in her backyard, on her birthday, in a little black dress, revealed her loss of “100lbs behind closed doors.” She explained, “I think one of the reasons people lost the plot was because actually, it was over a two-year period.”

Insightfully Adele clarified, “It was because of my anxiety. Working out, I would just feel better. It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone. I got quite addicted to it. I work out two or three times a day.”

She adds, “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**k. 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.”

Adele’s first single from 30 arrives October 15.

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