Adele is back. Her new song "Hello" is a heart-stomping masterpiece that has already broken records including the most views on Vevo in 24 hours (beating out Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood"). It's now the top song on iTunes in 102 countries and is expected to reach the coveted No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100. With her new record due out Nov. 20, the hype for 25 has just begun and Adele has secured a spot as Saturday Night Live's musical guest on Nov. 21, too.
Today, her first interview in three years was released as the cover to i-D Magazine. Conducted by Hattie Collins (who interviewed Adele for the mag both when 19 and 21 came out), the interview dives deep into a myriad of topics including motherhood, rejection of her early cuts for the album (her manager and producer savant Rick Rubin both did not like the songs) along with an in-depth preview of tracks off the album. Of course, she also talks about her love for The Walking Dead and wanting to see Britney Spears in Las Vegas (who doesn't). Read some highlights from the interview below.
On her first potential tracks for the album:
My manager was like, 'This isn't good enough.'" Ouch. "Yeah, it knocked my confidence a bit, but I also knew, you know. And then I flew Rick Rubin over, to play him the songs and he was like, 'I don't believe you.' That's my worst fear: people not believing me. So I went back to the drawing board."
On Amy Winehouse:
"If it wasn't for Amy and Frank, 100 percent 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...Do you know what makes me super sad? That I'm never going to hear her voice again, other than how I've heard it."
On fame and her refusal to play by it's normal rules:
"I'm just frightened of it, you know? Frightened of it destroying me and it ruining me, and me getting lost and turning into some of the people that I love with my whole musical heart. I get frightened. And I get frightened for the people that I love, feeling like they've lost me... It's a bit toxic, fame. I've got enough toxins in me body, I don't need any of that!"
On her low-key life:
"It's not me trying to be like fucking anti-famous cunt-y, I just want to have a real life so I can write records. No one wants to listen to a record from someone that's lost touch with reality. So I live a low-key life for my fans.
On taking so long to deliver 25:
"For a while, it felt like this moment was never gonna come 'cause I couldn't access myself to write a record. So I'm super chuffed and really proud of the songs. I'm shitting myself about it all, but it will be exciting."
Trust and read the entire cover story (because it's definitely worth it) where Adele talks working with Max Martin, Bruno Mars and more out now at i-D. 25 drops Nov. 20 on XL Recordings but you can pre-order it now.