Adele talks divorce, weight loss, new boyfriend and more in new interview

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Friday, October 8, 2021
Adele breaks her silence on her divorce, new love, and upcoming album
Global superstar and 15-time Grammy winner Adele is opening up in a historic new Vogue interview.

LOS ANGELES -- Adele is officially back in the spotlight, covering both Vogue and British Vogue at the same time.

The historic dual covers for the November issue were released Thursday. The cover of British Vogue features a stunning portrait of the singer sporting a yellow corseted dress, voluminous hair and her signature cat-eye, while Vogue's cover shows Adele in an emerald green gown posing on the rooftop of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

In both interviews, Adele opens up about some deeply personal topics, including her divorce from Simon Konecki, her mental health, her 9-year-old son, Angelo, her relationship with her late father, and her current boyfriend, sports agent Richard Paul.

She told Vogue making her new album became a way of explaining things to her son for him to listen to when he's older.

"I realized that I was the problem," she said. "Cause all the other albums are like, 'You did this! You did that! F--- you! Why can't you arrive for me?' Then I was like: 'Oh, s---, I'm the running theme, actually. Maybe it's me!'"

"It's sensitive for me, this record, just in how much I love it," she added. "I always say that '21' doesn't belong to me anymore. Everyone else took it into their hearts so much. I'm not letting go of this one. This is my album. I want to share myself with everyone, but I don't think I'll ever let this one go."

Adele's new single, "Easy on Me," drops Oct. 15.

Other major takeaways from the singer's interviews include:

1. She's still friendly with her ex-husband, who lives across the street from her in Beverly Hills: Although their marriage didn't work out ("Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that; it was just, 'I want my son to see me really love and be loved," Adele told Vogue), the singer and Konecki remain close and share custody of their son. "I'd trust [Konecki] with my life," she told British Vogue. "I definitely chose the perfect person to have my child with. ... That -- after making a lot of knee-jerk reactions -- is one of my proudest things I've ever done."

2. She's very happy with her boyfriend: Adele told Vogue that she and Paul, whom she met at a party a few years ago, were friends before their relationship turned romantic. "He's just so f------ funny," she said. She added that he "just incredibly arrived" just before her father died earlier this year and has made her feel safe. "I don't feel anxious or nervous or frazzled. It's quite the opposite. It's wild," she said. "I'm a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who's actually in charge. The last thing I need is someone who doesn't know where they're at, or what they want. I know what I want. And I really know what I don't want."

3. Her body transformation was 'never about losing weight': In her interview with British Vogue, Adele said that she became "quite addicted" to working out because "I needed to get addicted to something to get my mind right." Now she works out two or three times every day: weights in the morning, a hike or boxing in the afternoon and cardio at night. "People are shocked because I didn't share my 'journey.' They're used to people documenting everything on Instagram, and most people in my position would get a big deal with a diet brand. I couldn't give a flying f---," she said. "I did it for myself and not anyone else. So why would I ever share it? I don't find it fascinating. It's my body."

4. She wants her son to remain grounded: Her son, Angelo, doesn't quite understand that his mom is famous, Adele told Vogue. She's also working hard to help him learn about privilege. "It's not only going to be because he's a white man. It's also going to be because I'm his mom. And I want him to notice that," she said. "He needs to earn his way through life."

5. She and her father mended their relationship prior to his death: Much has been made of Adele's complicated relationship with her father. "We actually got our peace, again contrary to reports," she told British Vogue. "I played him my album just a week before he passed, over Zoom. One thing that definitely happened in my divorce was that it humanized my parents for me. Big time. I went to hell and back! ... And in that I found the peace to forgive him."