Lilian Min
October 21, 2015 11:27 am

Have you noticed that you haven’t used your tear ducts lately? Haven’t done a session of pajamas-and-hairbrush karaoke in a while? Well, your diagnosis: A lack of new songs from British crooner/feelings interpreter Adele, whose last album 21 came out in 2011. Yes, she contributed the amazing theme song to the James Bond film Skyfall, but for those of us hankering for proper new Adele tunes, she says: Soon, and listeners are in for a different Adele experience.

In a heartfelt letter posted to Twitter, the singer explained why 25, her third studio album, has taken so long to form. (To be fair, the wait between 19 and 21 wasn’t inconsequential either.) She opens with a meditation on aging, writing, “I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too.” But after growing away from those teen years (and with a family now), Adele’s mind has shifted from writing backward through her experience and instead to translating her music for the realities of her life now. Or as she puts it: “I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to.”

“My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself,” Adele shares, “Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap band in the middle of my twenties . . . I made the decision to go into who I’m going to be forever without a removal van of my old junk.” And though she’s built her career out of translating her saddest experiences into her music, she’s more than happy to be done with that: “I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back. When I was in it I wanted out!”

As for how long it took to piece the record together? Adele caps her missive off with a half-apology, half-explanation: “25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.” Word, and we’re excited that she’s putting out her music on her own terms, on her own life schedule.

Read the entire letter below:

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H/T Time. Image via Shutterstock.

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