“I’d still like to make records, but I’d be fine if I never heard [the applause] again. I love being famous for my songs, but I don’t enjoy being in the public eye.I’m on tour simply to see everyone who’s been so supportive. I love to make music, and I love doing shows, and I needed to go back to work—not for money but because something was missing. But there is such a massive difference between what I do for my work and what I do in my real life.The real Adele alternates four identical sequined Burberry gowns for her concerts, and after the show she makes a quick change to get in the car and drive home with Simon. “I climb out of my Spanx.” She gets “pissed off,” she says, when she sees people in her audience checking their phones (to say nothing of her calling out an audience member in Verona, Italy, who was filming her with a professional camera on a tripod). “Just imagine an annoying three-year-old who knows something’s wrong; it’s hell.” She says she’s never had any interest in drugs, because when she was younger someone her family knew died of a heroin overdose and it “freaked the fuckin’ life out of me. I used to love to be drunk, but as I got more famous I would wake up the next morning and think, What the fuck did I say and who the fuck did I say it to?
She takes you places other artists don’t go to anymore—the way they did in the ‘70s. At the previous night’s concert she gave a shout-out to her new favorite L. She shows me her long fake nails, which she says are coming off straight after the tour.
She says she waited weeks to get her eyebrows shaped because the only woman she’ll let touch them lives in L. And how, after a month, she shaved her legs because she thought people in the front row at her concerts might notice them when she runs up the stairs to the stage. ’ I said, I do, but not as bad as I’d feel if I didn’t do it. I don’t care if I don’t ever get to do anything for myself again.” And while she does, of course, have a nanny, she is adamantly not one of those celebrity mothers who hands the kid off to a caretaker after a photo op in a fake playground.,” she says, “so we think a reality star is running for president.
I ask if Simon Konecki (her boyfriend of five years and the father of their four-year-old son, Angelo) minded her unshaven legs. “I’ll have no man telling me to shave my fuckin’ legs. Eventually I just said, I’m going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the fuck I want without my baby. Four of my friends felt the same way I did, and everyone was too embarrassed to talk about it; they thought everyone would think they were a bad mom, and it’s not the case. I just don’t think anybody should be building walls or shit like that right now. Everyone must vote.” She tells me how, when she couldn’t speak for seven weeks following vocal surgery in 2011, “I wrote everything down.
Shave yours.”We’re in the car for about 10 minutes when she starts talking about the joys and conflicts of motherhood. My boyfriend said I should talk to other women who were pregnant, and I said, ‘Fuck that, I ain’t hanging around with a fuckin’ bunch of mothers.’ Then, without realizing it, I was gravitating towards pregnant women and other women with children, because I found they’re a bit more patient. It makes you a better mom if you give yourself a better time. Which is nice, because it was the beginning of my relationship with my boyfriend, and now we have a record of all that for our kids.” She adds that she and Simon are not married, and she doesn’t need it; she thinks having a child together is the bigger commitment.
The most beautiful thing about Adele is that she has her priorities straight.
She is a gracious woman and the most humble human being I’ve ever met.”Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born 28 years ago in Tottenham, London, and was raised mostly by her single mother, Penny, with help from her paternal grandparents.
I don’t think anyone should be famous for going to a grocery store or a playground.” She tells me that, when she first got famous, people in her family sold stories about her, and friends from childhood sold photos.
“I appreciate when there’s money [involved],” she says, “but you go get a job.
“It’s weird—when I first started out, nearly 10 years ago, no one had their phones out. I can see from an outsider’s perspective that I will never write songs as good as the ones that are on , but I’m not as indulgent as I was then, and I don’t have time to fall apart like I did then.
I was completely off my face writing that album, and a drunk tongue is an honest one.
At that same time, she made her management deal with Dickins—who comes from a British music-business family—and they’ve been a team ever since.