On Adele’s much-anticipated new single “Easy on Me” — a piano-laced ballad that the superstar teased with a trailer on Tuesday that announced its Oct. 15 release — she’s asking for a little post-divorce compassion as she re-enters the music world six years after her last album, 2015’s “25.”
“It’s not like anyone’s having a go at me, but it’s like, I left the marriage. Be kind to me as well,” Adele tells British Vogue in its November issue released on Thursday. “It was the first song I wrote for the album and then I didn’t write anything else for six months after because I was like, ‘OK, well, I’ve said it all.’ ”
As expected, the song — and its upcoming album — address Adele’s divorce from Simon Konecki, the father of her 8-year-old son Angelo, which was finalized earlier this year after the couple split in 2019.
But her new music isn’t as much about the breakup as you might expect: “I assumed it would be about my divorce but it’s kind of not. Well that song obviously is.”
Indeed, those expecting a fair amount of ex-bashing from Adele may be surprised.
“I have to really address myself now. Instead of being like, ‘You effing…’ ” Adele tells British Vogue. “I feel like this album is self-destruction, then self-reflection and then sort of self-redemption. But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time.”
One goal of Adele’s upcoming fourth album — whose title and release date have yet to revealed — is a very personal one for the divorced mom: explaining her part in breaking up their family to Angelo.
“My son has had a lot of questions. Really good questions, really innocent questions, that I just don’t have an answer for” such as “Why can’t you still live together?” she says. “I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.”
Another new song, whose title Adele doesn’t reveal, is designed to help Angelo understand how to treat his future romantic partners. “That one is obviously about stuff that happened, but I wanted to put it on the album to show Angelo what I expect him to treat his partner like, whether it be a woman or a man or whatever,” she says. “After going through a divorce, my requirements are sky-high. There’s a very big pair of shoes to fill.”
As for the reasons behind her breakup with Konecki, Adele says there was no big drama: “It just wasn’t right for me any more. I didn’t want to end up like a lot of other people I knew. I wasn’t miserable miserable, but I would have been miserable had I not put myself first. But, yeah, nothing bad happened or anything like that.”
Still, his parents splitting up hasn’t been easy on Angelo: “Obviously Simon and I never fought over him or anything like that,” she says. “Angelo’s just like, ‘I don’t get it.’ I don’t really get it either. There are rules that are made up in society of what happens and doesn’t happen in marriage and after marriage, but I’m a very complex person. I’ve always let him know how I’m feeling from a very young age because I felt quite frazzled as an adult.”
As Adele gets set to re-emerge back into the spotlight, she admits that all of the attention still doesn’t come naturally to her: “I mean, I have to sort of gear myself up to be famous again, which famously I don’t really like being.”
She also sounded off on critics of her weight loss, noting she was “f–king disappointed” that it was women having “brutal conversations” about her new appearance.
And she promises that this album will reveal an Adele, at 33, that we’ve never see before: “I was drunk as a fart on ’21’; I really don’t remember much, I just remember being really sad. On ’25,’ I was obviously sober as anything, because I was a new mum. That one, I was sort of more in tune with what I thought people might want or not want . With this one, I made the very conscious decision to be, like, for the first time in my life, actually, ‘What do I want?’
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