Adele is blazing the promotional trail in support of her forthcoming album ’30.’
A week before its November 19 arrival, the superstar singer graces the cover of Rolling Stone.
Beyond posing it up for a demure shoot lensed by Theo Wenner, the British belter opened up about her journey back to the spotlight with this project – both personally and professionally.
During the candid interview, Adele opened up about key moments during the creative process, including her split from husband Simon Konecki, the death of her dad, and the song ‘I Drink Wine’ – which is billed as an “upcoming single.”
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On Some Fans Rejoicing at News of Her Divorce in Expectation of Sad Music:
“During something like that, that kind of significant thing to happen in life, your mind sort of goes to those places: ‘Why don’t they like me? Why would they write that if they’ve followed me for 10 years?’ But in reality, that’s not their responsibility. In reality, their responsibility as a fan is to want a good record and to hope I deliver. So I took it with a pinch of salt, and it was fine.”
On Finally Releasing ’30’:
“If it wasn’t coming out now, I think I probably would never put it out. I know I would’ve changed my mind and been like, ‘It’s moved on. Let’s start the next album.’ And I couldn’t do that to this album. I feel like it deserves to come out.
On Her Body Transformation:
“If I can transform my strength and my body like this, surely I can do it to my emotions and to my brain and to my inner well-being. That was what drove me. It just coincided with all of the emotional work that I was doing with myself as a visual for it, basically.”
On Her Live Plans:
“It’s too unpredictable, with all the rules and stuff,” she says. “I don’t want anyone coming to my show scared. And I don’t want to get Covid, either.” She shoots down the rumors of a Las Vegas residency, which she hasn’t signed up to do “because there’s f*cking nothing available.”
Excerpt On New Music:
In rehearsal, Adele and her band test out the upcoming single “I Drink Wine,” a standout from 30 that’s already gone viral on Twitter, based off the name alone. It’s a song about shedding one’s ego, complete with a bit of a Seventies Elton John and Bernie Taupin flair. “I took everything so personally at that period of time in my life,” she explains, “so the lyric ‘I hope I learn to get over myself’ is like [me saying] ‘Once I’ve done that, then maybe I can let you love me.’ ”
On Her Father & His Death:
“I don’t think I understood the true deepness of how I felt about my dad until we spoke.
I think I’ve never been fully in any of my relationships,” she reflects, with Konecki as the closest exception. “I always had this fear from a really young age that you’re going to leave me anyway, so I’m going to leave or I’m not going to invest myself in anything.
It was like I let out one wail and something left. I’ve felt so calm ever since then. It really did set little me free.”