15 F–king Quotes from Adele’s ‘Rolling Stone’ Feature to Remind You Why She’s No. 1

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She’s f–cking back from the other f–cking side.

Rolling Stone follows Adele through a day in the life of a 27-year-old who has the world tugging at one leg in anticipation of a record breaking album prior to its release, and a 3-year-old son at the other, just waiting to spend time with the woman whose early success has immortalized her as an icon.

The 25 artist opens up to reporter Brian Hiatt about tracks on her new album, the stresses of life and motherhood in your late-twenties, and dishes on modern music culture on its periphery, discussing the term ‘squad’ as if it were a mythological creature. Treat yourself later by reading the full profile on Rolling Stone with an Adele amaretto sour in hand, but for now, here are 15 quotes from the spread to remind us that the voice behind “Hello” is just as endearing as ever.

On not being noticed by fans while running errands in her everyday attire: 

“Maybe if I went out in full, done-up, hair-and-makeup drag. Which it is: borderline drag! I’m not brave enough to do it.”

On titling her album 25 even though she is 27-years-old:

“I’m going to get so much f–king grief: ‘Why is it called 25 when you’re not 25?'”

On the meaning behind the lyrics, “Hello from the other side”:

“It sounds a bit morbid, like I’m dead, but it’s actually just from the other side of becoming an adult, making it out alive from your late teens, early twenties.”

On the Spice Girls:

“The Spice Girls had a mad percussionist.”

On the music that she’s f–cking waiting on:

“I’m just f–king waiting for Frank f–king Ocean to come out with his album. It’s taking so f–king long.”

On her fear of the dark side of fame, using Amy Winehouse as an example:

“We were all very entertained by her being a mess. I was f–king sad about it, but if someone showed me a picture of her looking bad, I’d look at it. If we hadn’t looked, then they’d have stopped taking her picture. That level of attention is really frightening, especially if you don’t live around all that showbiz stuff.”

On motherhood:

“I’ve been to every f–king park, every shop, every supermarket you could ever imagine.”


On working out:

“I don’t like looking in the mirror. Blood vessels burst on my face really easily, so I’m so conscious when I’m lifting weights not to let them burst in my face.”

On growing up:

“What annoys me the most is that you don’t realize how amazing it is to be a kid.”

On her ideal squad:

“I’ve heard about a squad. I wish my squad was all supermodels. We are, in our brains. I guess I have my own squad … But maybe Rihanna can be in my squad! That would be really cool. Oh, God. She’s life itself, isn’t she?”

On not letting motherhood stop her from producing an album:

‘I don’t want to wait until my kid is 16 to show him who I am.’ Because I’m very proud of what I achieved … So I feel f–king so fortunate that the stars just aligned for me and allowed me to have the most ridiculous ride ever.”


Her response to being told by producer Rick Rubin that he didn’t believe 25 was authentic on its first pass:

“I just said, ‘I don’t really believe myself right now, so I’m not surprised you f–king said that.'”

On eating carbs on her cheat day:

“I’m going in! Going HAM — hard as a motherf–ker!”

On being asked to do Playboy “so many f–king times”:

“Is that because I’m a woman or because I’m fat?”

Her concert-going pet peeve:

“It’s like when I go and see certain bands — not to name any — and they don’t play their f–king biggest hit? C-nts! That really annoys me.”

Read Adele’s full feature on Rolling Stone and preorder 25 before it hits shelves on Nov. 20. Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Adele at the 2013 Oscar Awards.