Adele Opens up about Divorce and Weight Loss in First Interview Since 2016

Adele had her first sit-down interview in five years with British Vogue, to discuss her fourth studio album, “30,” her divorce and the inevitable return to the spotlight.

A Recluse

The star, who gave her last one-on-one interview in 2016, said, “I have to sort of gear myself up to be famous again, which, famously, I don’t really like being.”

Now, Adele is speaking of her “year of anxiety” that led her to live like a “recluse”.

“I thought, I’m just going to lock myself in a house,” she said of her anxiety-fueled retreat from the public glare, which began with two canceled shows at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2017 due to problems with her voice. “That’s what I did. I was very reclusive. It paid off. People are used to me being a recluse,” she said.

Nobody’s Fault

The 33-year-old singer also said it was during what she called her subsequent “year of anxiety” that her marriage to Simon Konecki, with whom she had a son Angelo in 2011, fell apart.

“Neither of us did anything wrong,” she said. “Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that. I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since,” added Adele, who currently lived in Los Angeles.

Change of Pace

Adele who also used the interview to confirm she is dating sports agent Rich Paul, also explained her dramatic weight loss in recent years saying: 

“It was because of my anxiety. Working out, I would just feel better. It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone.”

The Oscar and 15-time Grammy Award-winning soul star told fans to expect a slight change in sound with the new album, noting there “isn’t a bombastic ‘Hello’,” referring to her 2015 smash single.

Her lyrics have also taken a change, of course, she said.

“I realised that I was the problem,” she added. All the other albums are like, you did this! You did that!.. Then I was like… I’m the running theme, actually. Maybe it’s me!”


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