Adele graces the cover of TIME magazine and speaks with her inimitable candor on motherhood, songwriting,and her return to music. She also reveals why she thinks she has become so popular internationally, and opens up about other music artists, social media and much more.
An Adele interview is truly an occasion. We all pause to see what she has to say. She’s known as much for her incredible vocal talent and poignant songwriting as she is for her unsparing and unfiltered remarks on anything an interviewer chooses to ask her about.
With TIME magazine did not disappoint. Just weeks after her ’25’ album has obliterated numerous records and made music history all over the world — becoming in the U.S., for instance the first album in modern history to sell more than 3 million copies in debut week — she is fittingly and rightfully on the cover of TIME magazine’s “Year Ahead” issue.
Among the topics, her staggering success which clearly, as she embarks on her world tour next year, will only grow. Asked why she believes she has become such a music superstar worldwide, Adele said, “The fact that I’m not shy or embarrassed to be falling apart.”
She went on to say, “Everyone falls apart, I think. A lot of people try to be brave and not shed a tear. Sometimes when you know someone else feels as s— as you do, or approaches things in a certain way just like you do, it makes you feel better about yourself. Even though my music is melancholy, there’s also joy in that. I hope I do bring joy to people’s lives, and not just sadness, but I think there’s, there’s a comfort in it. But I honestly don’t know. If I knew, I would bottle it, and sell it to everyone else.”
Much has happened since her ’21’ album was released in 2011. She took a hiatus from music, gave birth to her first child, a son, Angelo James Konecki, a year later with longtime boyfriend Simon Konecki. And motherhood has changed her, and she’s frequently spoken of it in interviews.
She told TIME magazine about her son, saying, “”He makes me so proud of myself, and he makes me like myself so much.”
Continuing, she added, “And I’ve always liked myself. I’ve never not liked myself. I don’t have hangups like that. But I’m so proud of myself that I made him in my belly. Cooked him in my belly and then he came out of me! This human who’s suddenly walking around and doing his own thing. I can’t wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be or what movies he likes… Whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what.”
She also shared her thoughts on “branding,” and told the publication, “I don’t like that word.” She elaborated and said, “It makes me sound like a fabric softener, or a packet of crisps. I’m not that. But there’s personality in an artist, and if you’re expecting people to let you in and give themselves to you, you have to be a whole package.”
As for other music artists, she didn’t name names, but make it clear she has behavioral standards. She said, “I feel like some artists—and this isn’t shading any artist, just me trying to come up with my own explanation—the bigger they get, the more horrible they get, and the more unlikable. And I don’t care if you make an amazing album—if I don’t like you, I ain’t getting your record. I don’t want you being played in my house if I think you’re a bastard.”
She shared her own reservations about fame and the deleterious impact it could have, saying, ““I think it’s really important so that you don’t get f—ed up by everything.” She added, “It’s important so you stay in touch with yourself. If you lose touch with yourself, no one’s going to want to talk to you or listen to anything you’re f—ing doing. They’ll just point at you and laugh. At you, not with you.”
And along those lines, she revealed her disdain for social media, saying, “Privacy is key to being able to write a real record, whether people like it or not…My life has changed so much, but I’ve made the realest record I can make, and it’s the real part of me. How am I supposed to write a real record if I’m waiting for half a million likes on a f—ing photo? That ain’t real.”
There’s much more to the interview, of course. Adele opens up about protecting her family from intrusions — making it clear that she is the famous one, not her partner or her son. She also opens up about how she has matured over the years. It’s a must read for Adele fans and the full interview is here. See Adele’s TIME magazine cover and photos below!