On Adele’s highly-anticipated new single “Easy on Me” — a piano-accompanied ballad that the superstar teased Tuesday with a trailer announced for its October 15 release — she’s asking for post-divorce mercy because She re-enters the music world six years after her last album, 2015’s “25”.
“It’s not like someone attacked me, but it’s like, I’ve given up on marriage. Have mercy on me too,” Adele told British Vogue in the November issue, released Thursday. “It was the first song Which I wrote for the album and then I didn’t write anything else six months later because I was like, ‘Okay, okay, I’ve said it all.’ “
As expected, the song — and its upcoming album — addresses Adele’s divorce from Simon Konecki, father of her 8-year-old son Angelou, which was finalized earlier this year after the couple split in 2019.
But her new music isn’t about breakups as much as you might expect: “I assumed it would be about my divorce but it’s not. Well that song apparently is.”
In fact, those expecting a fair amount of pre-bashing from Adele might be in for a surprise.
“I really have to address myself now. Instead of being like, ‘You feeling…'” Adele tells British Vogue. “I feel like this album is about self-destruction, then self-reflection and then self. – There is redemption. But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time.”
One goal of Adele’s upcoming fourth album — whose title and release date have yet to be revealed — is a very personal one for the divorced mom: explaining to Angelou her role in breaking up their family.
“My son has a lot of questions. Really good questions, really innocent questions that I don’t have the answers to” like “Why can’t you still be together?” she says. “I felt like I wanted to explain to her through this record, When he is in his twenties or thirties, who am I and why did I voluntarily decide to end my whole life in pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really sad sometimes. And it’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.
Another new song, the title of which Adele does not reveal, is designed to help Angelou understand how to treat her future romantic partners. “She’s obviously about the stuff that happened, but I wanted to put it on the album to show Angelou what I expect of her to treat her partner, whether it’s a woman or Men or whatever,” she says. “After going through a divorce, my needs skyrocketed. That’s a huge pair of shoes to fill.”
As for the reasons for her breakup with Konecki, Adele says there was no big drama: “It just wasn’t right for me anymore. I don’t want to end up like a lot of other people I knew. I’m not sad. Wasn’t sad, but I would have been sad if I hadn’t put myself first. But, yeah, nothing bad happened or anything like that.”
Still, her parents’ separation hasn’t been easy on Angelo: “Obviously, Simon and I never fought with him or anything like that,” she says. “Angelo’s like, ‘I don’t understand.’ I really don’t even get it. There are rules in society for what happens and what doesn’t in marriage and after marriage, but I’m a very complicated person. I’ve always told her how I am from a very young age. because I used to feel quite frazzled as an adult.”
As Adele prepares to hit the headlines again, she admits that all the attention still doesn’t come naturally to her: “I mean, I have to prepare myself to be famous again. , which I don’t really like to be.”
She also voiced critics of her weight loss, noting that she was “f—king disappointed” that it was women who were having “brutal conversations” about her new appearance.
And she promises that the album will reveal an Adele at age 33 we’ve never seen before: “I was drunk as a fart on ’21; I don’t really remember much, I Remember I was really sad. At ’25, I was obviously as cool as anything, because I was a new mom. The one, what I thought people wanted or didn’t want I was more in line. With this, for the first time in my life, I was really, ‘What do I want?’ Very conscious decision to be made.