It’s probably a good thing that Adele isn’t Drunk Adele anymore, because I’ve got a scar that can tell you being drunk and getting on a swing is not exactly something you should do. Adele is fine on that swing though, because she’s put her drunk days behind her ever since she got pregnant with her son around four years ago. According to Adele, she wrote her best songs during those childless drunk days.
In the same Vanity Fair interview where she pinned a medal of honor on people who don’t have kids, Adele talked about what made her album 21 so good. Adele’s latest album, 25, has sold roughly 8.6 trillion copies and will probably be nominated for every single Grammy award this year, but Adele thinks it’s missing the wine-soaked emotions of 21.
“I can see from an outsider’s perspective that I will never write songs as good as the ones that are on 21, but I’m not as indulgent as I was then, and I don’t have time to fall apart like I did then. I was completely off my face writing that album, and a drunk tongue is an honest one. I would drink two bottles of wine, and I would chain-smoke. Then I’d write the lyrics down and the next morning think, Fuck, that’s quite good. Then I’d find the melody. But since I’ve had my baby, I’m not as carefree as I used to be. I’m scared of a lot of things now because I don’t want to die; I want to be around for my kid.”
Adele also talked about how she doesn’t plan on ever going full-fame whore. Adele wants to make records, and doesn’t feel the need to trot herself out for the paps in her downtime.
“I love being famous for my songs, but I don’t enjoy being in the public eye. I love to make music, and I love doing shows…But there is such a massive difference between what I do for my work and what I do in my real life. I don’t think anyone should be famous for going to a grocery store or a playground.”
You can read all of Adele’s interview with Vanity Fair here. There’s also a teeny-tiny bit of shade thrown at a certain type of artist by Adele’s boss at Columbia Records Rob Stringer when describing Adele’s music. “She has time to really think about her music, because she’s not spending all that time doing private gigs or Coke commercials.” Coke commercials? Oh come on Rob, don’t rub it in.
Here’s Adele working some classic Adele for Vanity Fair. If Adele ever decides to move from writing songs to writing Danielle Steel-style novels, every single one of these shots would be perfect for her book jacket flap author photo.
Pic: Tom Munro/Vanity Fair