Hello. How are you? Adele wants to see Britney’s Piece Of Me show in Vegas.
Adele is breaking records left and right and remains one of the biggest forces in music to date. If she could do anything in the world, what would it be? Why does she live a low-key life? And what does she want to do?
She answers all that and more in her new interview with i-D magazine. Below are some highlights:
On what’s next:
“I’d like to tour properly. I’d like to see Britney in Vegas. Dunno about more kids. Maybe after what Xavier said, I’ll go into acting… I’d like to make another record,” she decides with a sense of finality. “I’d like to be able to stand the test of time and the speed that the world is moving. I’d like to make records forever with the time I’ve been given for this one. If I can do that I’ll be really fucking happy.”
Comparing ’21’ to ’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?” she says. “Also, how I felt when I wrote 21, it ain’t worth feeling like that again.” How did she feel? “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 acting in the “Hello” video:
“[The director] said I was quite good. I had to cry and everything. You know what, I feel like a bit of a cunt after saying for all these years I’d never act, because I really enjoyed it.”
On being a mom:
“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. I had a great childhood. I was very loved, which I realise now is so important, being a mum. The way I was brought up, the morals are the same, but the environment is very different to how I’m raising my child. It was fun and it’s worlds away from what I do now and I’m very conscious of that.”
“The song is about hurting someone’s feelings but it’s also about trying to stay in touch with myself, which sometimes can be a little bit hard to do. It’s about a yearning for the other side of me. When I’m away, I really, really miss my life at home. The way that I feel when I’m not in England, is… desperation. I can’t breathe anywhere else. I dunno. I’m so attached to my whole life here. I get worked up that I’m missing out on things. So Hello is about wanting to be at home and wanting to reach out to everyone I’ve ever hurt – including myself – and apologise for it.”
On “I Miss You”:
“It’s about intimacy on every level. It’s about sex, it’s about arguing, one of the most intimate moments in my life. ‘Cause you just blurt it out. It’s a bit like, a drunk tongue is an honest one. That’s definitely my motto, in life. That’s why I don’t really like drinking no more. The panic you get when you wake up the next morning.”
On “When We Were Young”:
Described as a shimmery disco ballad produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and co-written with Tobias Jesso Jr.
On her time off:
“Sometimes I wonder if I’ve missed it by a year, bringing it back. But you know, I was being a mum. I couldn’t rush it. And you’ve got to give people a chance to miss you.”
“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,” she lets loose another tumultuous laugh. “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!”
Read the entire interview here.