If you’ve been on social media for even a second over the past week or two, you’ve probably seen a million posts about Adele and her absolutely gorgeous new song.
“Hello,” said song, is shattering our hearts in a way that only Adele’s amazing voice can. “Hello” has also already received over 200 million views on YouTube, been downloaded 1.1 million times, and officially dethroned Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” as the most watched Vevo video of all time. And now, Adele’s domination has been made *~*official*~* with a totally perfect Rolling Stone cover. On Tuesday, Adele’s interview with the magazine’s Brian Hart was published, and as expected, Adele is as real and amazing as ever.
First, she clarified what “Hello” is all about — and it’s not about that same guy who broke her heart in 21. “If I were still writing about him, that’d be terrible,” she told Rolling Stone. “‘Hello’ is as much about regrouping with myself, reconnecting with myself.” Oh, and that line “hello from the other side” — not about death, thankfully. “It sounds a bit morbid . . . But it’s actually just from the other side of becoming an adult, making it out alive from your late teens, early twenties,” she explained.
She also explained that, although many think she “hates” being famous, she doesn’t. She’s just wary, for an incredibly good reason:
It’s undeniable that Adele is one of the most well-known names out there. But even she isn’t immune to the allure of the #squad mentality, alluding to Taylor Swift at one point:
Rihanna and Adele being BFFs? Yes, we can totally get behind that.
Adele also opened up about being a woman in the industry, explaining that she’s been talked down to by men as if they “know better.” “I’m a feminist,” she told Rolling Stone. “I believe that everyone should be treated the same, including race and sexuality.”
This is one of the reasons why she’s vastly annoyed by critics putting her on a pedestal when criticizing pop stars like Miley Cyrus, who tend to show their bodies more often in their videos and performances. “I’d rather not be the person that everyone gets pitted against,” she explained. “If they do decide to get their body out, I would rather not be that person because that’s just pitting a woman against another woman, and I don’t hold any more moral high ground than anyone else.”
She does think that the public finds her more “relatable” for her image, though:
When she’s touring her new album, will she be playing the songs from 21 we all know and love? That’s a resounding yes, thank goodness. “Being defined by any record is a dream come true when you’re an artist,” she explained. “. . .To the general public, it’s not about your body of work. In most cases, it’s about the song that reminds them of something in their lives. They take you into their heart. That’s, like, the biggest thing ever. You have to play that song.”
Oh, Adele, how we love you. We can’t wait until the release of 25 on November 20th, and in the meantime, you can read the full Rolling Stone profile here.
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