Adele ‘Ain’t Getting Your Record’ if She Thinks You’re a Bastard, Plans to Take Son on Tour
Adele has no time to listen to your nonsense.
Queen Adele reveals that she isn’t the Queen of England despite contradictory evidence in an exclusive interview with TIME magazine. She shakes off the glitz of her booming notoriety to Deputy Culture Editor Sam Lansky, questioning how the success of 25 turned into a global phenomenon.
“It’s a bit ridiculous. I’m not even from America.” Says Adele. “Maybe they think I’m related to the Queen.”
She hates the word “brand”, adding that its attribution to her makes her feel like a “packet of crisps”. Further, she refuses to buy your “amazing” album if you seem like a jerk. “I don’t care if you make an amazing album,” she says. “I don’t like you, I ain’t getting your record. I don’t want you being played in my house if I think you’re a bastard.”
Adele reveals the writing obstacles that she overcame in finding material to write about for 25, scrapping songs about her son Angelo and the relationship with her husband.
“I didn’t want to write about us, because I didn’t want to make us feel uncomfortable … That’s when I decided to write about myself and how I make myself feel, rather than how other people make me feel.”
She tells TIME that creating the album at her own pace was the key to its cohesiveness as a whole. “I write a song from beginning to end,” she says. “I don’t go in sections. It’s a story.”
Humbly, the artist foregoes praising herself by exuding genuine confidence.
“I’m not saying my album is incredible, but there’s conviction in it. And I believe the f-ck out of myself on this album.”
Adele plans to take her 3-year-old son on her North American tour, which sold out in record time when 10 million fans tried to purchase tickets. Still, the young old soul keeps her feet on the ground in the face of jesting criticism on her “Hello” music video. “People were going on about that I was calling on a landline,” she says. “I still use landlines.”
“Call me old-fashioned, call me ignorant, but whatever. Take it or leave it.”
Adele’s full interview with TIME appears in the Dec. 28 issue of the magazine, and is currently featured on TIME.com. Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of her best looks from 2015.