Adele Talks ’25’ & Amy Winehouse’s Influence In First Interview In 3 Years: See Highlights & Photos
Yesterday (October 26), Adele was unveiled as the cover star for i-D‘s latest issue. It’s her first magazine cover of the 25 era, and her first interview feature in three years, and today the accompanying chat and photo shoot were revealed.
The British superstar discusses everything from motherhood to 25‘s Sliding Doors-inspired themes and her childhood aspirations to be a heart surgeon. But there are also some juicy tidbits about the album. At one point, she confirms that there’s a Danger Mouse track and a Bruno Mars track.
Below, see some interview highlights, and click through the photo shoot up top.
On getting older and moving on: “I think the album is about trying to clear out the past. Becoming a parent and moving past my mid-twenties, I simply don’t have the capacity to worry about as many things that I used to really enjoy worrying about…Oh yeah, I used to fucking love the drama of all of it, but now I’m a mum I only have so much head space. I’ve got to clear a lot of stuff the fuck out, which is really therapeutic, ’cause I can really hold a grudge. Life is so much easier when you don’t hoard your past.”
On 21‘s shadow: “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? Also, how I felt when I wrote 21, it ain’t worth feeling like that again…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 being a mother: “It’s fucking hard. I thought it would be easy. ‘Everyone fucking does it, how hard can it be?’ Ohhhhh, 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.”
On Amy Winehouse’s impact: “If it wasn’t for Amy and Frank, one hundred per cent 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 per cent if I hadn’t heard Frank this wouldn’t have happened. I adored her.”
On life after 25: “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 fucking happy.”
Read the full interview over at i-D.