Adele has revealed that years of living as “such a recluse” fueled interest in her life and her intense fame.
The 34-year-old musician believes that by staying out of the limelight between album launches and press tours or concerts, she has fueled the media and general interest in her life.
But she says her boyfriend Rich Paul, who she’s reportedly been dating for about a year, stopped her from just “hanging out at home,” encouraged her to “go to that birthday party or eat at that new house.” restaurant to try’ ‘.
Speaking on BBC’s Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 today: ‘Fame (is) intense and incredible. I fueled it by being such a hermit, sometimes it was two years and I was not seen anywhere. I was hanging out at home.’
Adele has spent the past two nights singing in London’s Hyde Park to rave reviews and a host of celebrities in the guest space to watch her sing
Adele, pictured here with boyfriend Rich Paul, says she’d love to have a few more kids if she can, but if not, she has her nine-year-old son Angelo
But now she says she has a ‘whole set up of how’ [she] moves and no one knows, just so she can go out and be completely carefree.”
She explained: “The relationship I have, in him is like, “if you want to go to that restaurant, you have to go and try the food in that restaurant. And if you want to go to that birthday party, you can’t miss these things.” , what’s the worst that could happen?”.’
The Grammy and Oscar winner also spoke about how she is still close friends with her ex, Simon Konecki, and father to her son Angelo, nine.
“It was never difficult between us,” she said. “We are such good friends and over my corpse was my child who had a messy divorce in his life.
“There are no problems and there were no problems, so that made it easier. I was blessed to have him, you know, he’s the best, and I certainly approached it all with grace and it paid off.”
Speaking of the future, Adele said: ‘I would definitely want a few more children, it would be great if we can do that, otherwise I have Angelo. And I just want to be happy.’
But unhappiness ultimately accounted for her seven-stone weight loss and how she turned to exercise to comfort her mental health issues.
Adele’s relationship with sports agent Rich Paul started after meeting at a birthday party and then going out for dinner
She explained: ‘I understand why they are fascinated’ [by my weight loss)]because I didn’t share my journey like everyone else. Most people would have a DVD by now, and I was silently doing it for myself.’
However, she added that she felt terrible for some of her body-conscious younger fans who thought she betrayed them by losing weight.
“I felt terrible for some people who felt that other people’s comments meant they didn’t look good or not pretty,” Adele said.
“I felt terrible, some of the ones I saw were young, they were just 15. There were a few other people who felt very betrayed by me, like, ‘oh, she gives in to the pressure of it,’ what not did really bother me.
“Because at 4 a.m. you don’t hold my hand when I cry from fear and need distraction and things like that.
Adele’s father Mark Evans in 2019, working as a delivery man for a courier company in South Wales
“100pc (exercise) gave me focus, somewhere I could expend my energy, good or bad, it made me feel like I was getting stronger… mentally, getting stronger physically.”
Adele also shared that she thinks she is a sad person in general.
“One of the first songs…never as a full song or anything, it was called This is my life, I do believe I’m channeling something from somewhere else, I’m a sad person, and I don’t always know why, but it was deep.
“I was talking about pain, my grandfather died when I was 10 and I was really traumatized by that, so maybe it was because of that and I didn’t realize it then.”
The London-born singer also confirmed that she made peace with her father before he died.
Although she decided not to see him again when she was 13, she said she made the decision because he continued to disappoint her, seeing him briefly when she was 15 but not for years.
Adele has revealed how the fans’ ‘cruel’ reaction caused by the cancellation of her Las Vegas stay in January left her feeling like a ‘scale of a person’
The star was reportedly unhappy with the staging, which featured her singing the songs in a fake swimming pool. But her decision infuriated fans, many of whom had forked thousands to travel long distances to the shows
“When I heard a few years ago that he was ill, I got a call and drove there right away,” she said. “It was hard, but it was definitely one of the greatest moments of my life in a good way.
‘I made peace with him when I heard he was ill. And we got on really well, which was great but also very sad, he was really fucking funny, I don’t remember that from when I was little. But it was really fun, we laughed, and we gossiped and we cried, it was great for both of us.’
Adele also revealed how the “cruel” reaction from fans caused by the cancellation of her Las Vegas stay in January left her feeling like a “shell of a person.”
She describes coping with the ramifications of the decision to cut three months of performances as akin to “grieving.”
“The reaction was brutal, brutal. I was a shadow of a person for a few months. I just had to wait it out and just grieve about it I guess – just grieve the shows and get over the guilt. But it was brutal.’
The London-born singer, best known for hits such as Rolling In The Deep, Skyfall, Hello and Easy On Me, pulled the plug on shows at Caesars Palace 20 – 24 hours before they were due to start.
The star was reportedly unhappy with the staging, which featured her singing the songs in a fake swimming pool. But her decision infuriated fans, many of whom had spent thousands traveling long distances to the performances.
A rebellious Adele – who has performed in London’s Hyde Park for the past two nights – says the decision to cancel the shows was not an easy one, but on balance she thought it was the right one.
She adds: “I definitely felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated, and I was afraid to let them down and I thought I could make it and make it work, but I could.” no – and I support that decision.
‘You can’t buy me – you can’t buy me for nothing. I’m not going to do a show just because I have to or because people are being abandoned or because we’re going to lose a lot of money. I’m like, “the show isn’t good enough”.’
The songs Adele chose as her Desert Island Discs were B52’s Rome, which her mother used to play, and Gabrielle’s Dreams, which she says is reminiscent of her childhood.
She also chose Shola Ama’s You Might Need Somebody, Nina Simone’s He Needs Me and Etta James’ I’d Rather Blind, all for their soulful or haunting voices.
Her list also included For All We Know by Donna Hathaway and what she calls the soundtrack of her life, Destiny’s Child’s Bills Bills Bills.
Adele appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs at 11:15 am today. The program will be repeated Friday at 9:00 am.