Adele has given an interview to the Observer Music magazine about keeping the temptations of global fame at arm’s length and learning to deal with her past relationships.
“It sounds obvious, but I think you only learn to love again when you fall in love again,” she says. “I’m in that place. My love is deep and true with my man, and that puts me in a position where I can finally reach out a hand to the ex. Let him know I’m over it.”
When We Were Young, perhaps the most soulful track on her new album, 25, released this week, again tackles her feelings for a former boyfriend who dropped her when she was younger. But this time the lyrics display a more resilient attitude than the raw hits on her previous album, 21.
The singing star has returned triumphantly to the music industry this autumn after three years spent cloistered with her boyfriend, Simon Konecki, and their young son, Angelo.
Her new album is a follow-up to the record-breaking success of 21 in 2011 and to her first 2008 album, 19, and it had been awaited with unprecedented interest around the world. The single Hello has now been streamed 4.7 million times by listeners online and more than 600,000 copies have been bought.