6 Things We Learned From Adele’s i-D Interview
Adele's 25 is due in just a few weeks (November 20), and in one of her first interviews in support of the album, Adele opened up to i-D about her significant love of Amy Winehouse, the pressure that came with the monumental success of her last album 21 and why she waited five years to put out new music.
Did you read it? We did! Here's six key points we took away from the interview:
Without Amy Winehouse, there would be no Adele.
She said, "If it wasn't for Amy and Frank, one hundred percent I wouldn't have picked up a guitar, I wouldn't have written 'Daydreamer' or 'Hometown' and I wrote 'Someone Like You' on the guitar too. Contrary to reports, me and Amy didn't really know each other, we weren't friends or anything like that. I went to Brit School and she went for a little while. But a million percent if I hadn't heard Frank this wouldn't have happened. I adored her.”
25's lead single "Hello" isn't about an ex-boyfriend.
Speaking about the album's lead single Hello, Adele made it clear that the song's subject reaches further than an ex-boyfriend. She said, "No, it's not about anyone specifically. It's about friends, ex-boyfriends, it's about myself, it's about my family. It's also about my fans as well. I feel like everyone thinks I'm so far away and I'm not. Everyone thinks I live in f---king America, I don't."
She wonders if she waited too long to release new music.
Adele also spoke about some reservations she had regarding the upcoming release, thinking she might have spent too long out of the public eye: "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."
But she took her time for a reason -- Adele stepped into the studio with her friend Kid Harpoon back in 2013, but nothing really stuck. She said, "Just for a laugh. It was a 'dip my toe back in the water' thing really. Me and Tom get on great, so I went in with him 'cause I knew there was no pressure. We just chatted, mainly, and got chocolate tempura. I don't know why I wasn't ready, I just couldn't access myself.”
Adele's afraid of fame.
She said, "I'm just frightened of [fame], 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!”
She lives her life largely out of the spotlight in order to stay genuine in her writing.
"It's definitely harder to avoid it than it is to give into it. I think most people tend to give into it because it is easier, but I just can't. I'm uncomfortable with giving into that kind of thing. Me being photographed in Waitrose is being famous for no reason and that is something that I am not up for and I will not stand for, for myself. It's not me trying to be like f---king anti-famous c---nt-y, I just want to have a real life so I can write records. No one wants to listen to a record from someone that's lost touch with reality. So I live a low-key life for my fans.”
She wants to see Britney Spears in Vegas.
When asked what's next for her, Adele said, "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. 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 f---king happy."
You can read the entire interview over at i-D.
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