After more than six years in silence, Adele releases her new album 30 in typically grand fashion including a therapy-like interview with Adele and Oprah Winfrey, a music special, a new single and a tracklist– no wonder she gets anxious, I can’t even keep up with all the stuff she is doing, never mind her who actually has to sing.
Adele and Oprah spoke for two hours in the same garden in California where the presenter interviewed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Adele spoke openly about her childhood, mental health issues plus the polemic surrounding her divorce and weight loss. Her “I wish we could be friends” vibe is probably one of the reasons she is such a massive commercial success.
After the interview, Adele serenaded a small audience with the special Adele: One Night Only which included three songs from the upcoming album that will be released on 19 November. There was even a wedding proposal. Not for Adele, though, who got divorced in 2019 and is now in a relationship with sports agent Rich Paul.
Speaking about why she had shared so much private information in her music, the body-positive singer said:
“Music helps me in many situations, and I would like to do the same for people… to be reminded that they’re not alone.
“There were moments when I was writing the record, or I would listen back to something and be like, ‘That might be a bit too private’.
“But nothing is as scary as what I’ve been through over the last two [or] three years behind closed doors. So I’m not frightened.”
The Skyfall singer explained how her loss weight happened after the divorce and was the only way she found to control her panic attacks. “I had the most terrifying anxiety attacks after I left my marriage,” she explained. “They paralysed me completely and made me so confused because I wouldn’t be able to have any control over my body.”
Adele started going to the gym every day once she noticed that it helped.
Her response to the criticism received for going on a diet was:
“I’m not shocked or even fazed by it because my body has been objectified my entire career. I’m either too big or too small; I’m either hot or I’m not.
“But it’s not my job to validate how people feel about their bodies. I feel bad that it’s made anyone feel horrible about themselves – but that’s not my job. I’m trying to sort my own life out. I can’t add another worry. “
The interview, aired by CBS on Sunday, November 14, is available to stream both in the UK and US via Paramount+. There is no date for the release of the special in the UK.
Adele’s latest album 30 by Melted Stone and Columbia Records is about, in Adele’s words, “divorce, babe, divorce”. Her single Easy on Me was launched in October. 30’s tracklist has been said to follow a chronology of Adele’s life events.
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