IT’S been seven years since she last released new music and in that time she’s lost nearly 50kg, overcome the crippling anxiety that once ruled her life and gone through a divorce.
A lot has changed in the world too in those seven years. Back when her album 25 was released, TikTok didn’t yet exist, Twitter had just replaced the star symbol with a heart “like” and Instagram feeds were still in chronological order.
Now there are Instagram stories – and Adele surprised and delighted her fans when she took to the platform recently and played a clip of her upcoming single, Easy on Me, during her first live stream.
The song is the first single from her upcoming – and long-awaited – new album and its vintage Adele: from the heart and searingly emotional.
“I know there is hope in these waters but I can’t bring myself to swim when I am drowning in silence, baby let me,” she croons.
Adele is back and she’s all the rage. The 33-year-old made history this month by becoming the first person in history to grace the cover of both the UK and US editions of Vogue.
And one thing stands out: if her recent statements and her new single are anything to by, her new album is going to delve ever deeper into her personal wellbeing.
In response to a fan’s question about what her new album will be based on, she replied: “Divorce, babe, divorce.”
Yet Adele was reluctant to call the record a divorce album in her Vogue interview.
“It was more me divorcing myself,” she says. “Just being like, get your f***in’ s**t together.”
However, she admits the album was recorded in part to tell her eight-year-old son, Angelo, about her decision to leave his dad, charity owner Simon Konecki (47), in 2019.
“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 pursuit of my own happiness.
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