Adele recently appeared for an interview with Oprah Winfrey for her 'One Night Only Concert', for CBS where she candidly spoke about her dreams of having a nuclear family, her weight loss journey, her divorce, her strained relationship with her father, and much more including her new album.
Adele and Oprah Winfrey sat down in Oprah’s rose garden and shared that they felt embarrassed that she couldn’t make her marriage to Simon Konecki work. The 33-year-old singer said, "I’ve been obsessed with nuclear families my whole life because I never came from one. From a very young age, I promised myself that when I had kids, we’d stay together. We would be that united family. I was so disappointed in my son, I was so disappointed in myself. I just thought I was going to be the one that stopped doing those bloody patterns all the time".
Adele shares a nine-year-old son, Angelo, with Simon Konecki. They further discussed her fourth studio album, which is based on her marriage, which ended after seven years. She shared that Simon probably rescued her emotionally, for which she is grateful. She quoted, "I think Simon probably saved my life; he came at such a moment. The stability that him and Angelo have given me, no one else would have been able to give me... I could easily go down some dodgy paths... He came in and was stable, the most stable person I’ve ever had in my life. Even now, I trust him with my life. I feel like him and Angelo were angels sent to me."
The couple, who live across the street from each other in Los Angeles, are still friends, and Oprah Winfrey asked Adele about the new album, which is mostly based on her guilt and heartbreak from the divorce, to which Adele added, "He knows what kind of artist I am, that I have to dig deep and tell my stories." The new album from Adele arose from a long period of introspection and a commitment to sitting with uncomfortable feelings. She said, "Whenever I noticed how I was feeling, I would sit down, and I would sit with it. I had really been ignoring myself for a long time, which was wild when I realized that. "
The singer who drew attention with her impressive weight loss journey shared that her plan was never to lose weight, but it started with simple workouts to manage her anxiety. She shared, "I'm not shocked or even fazed by (people's reactions to her body transformation). Because my body has been objectified my entire career. I was body-positive then, and I'm body-positive now. It's not my job to validate how people feel about their bodies. " Adele shared that she can now deadlift 160–170 pounds, which started at 10 pounds, and also added that she trusted her trainer’s presence when she was feeling lost.
The 33-year-old singer lost 100 pounds in two years and mentioned during the interview that she felt like working out became her time and having a plan when she had no plans helped her to keep herself together. Talking about her strained relationship with her father, Adele shared, "My dad’s absolute lack of presence and effort with me." Oprah Winfrey asked Adele about what she was trying to repair in herself, to which she responded that as she was growing up, she understood that it was the alcohol, and it was not a choice her father was making intentionally. Adele further added, "During the last two to three years of my life, my dad got sick. That happened just after I left my marriage when I made the conscious decision to get to know myself and figure some things out. In April, when he died, we had our peace together. I felt that huge gaping hole being filled. We forgave each other".
In her interview, the singer, Adele was also asked about where the inspiration for her music came from, to which she explained that it’s a mystery to her. She laughed and replied, "I don't think, as a person, I have what my singing has." I'm pulling from somewhere else [and] I don't know how I can access it. It's wild because I don't think I'm that deep in real life". Asked why she had revealed so much private information in her lyrics, Adele explained that she wanted to reassure people going through similar experiences. "Music helps me in many situations, and I would like to do the same for people... to be reminded that they're not alone. There were moments when I was writing the record, or I would listen back to something and be like. That might be a bit too private. But nothing is as scary as what I've been through over the last two [or] three years behind closed doors. So I'm not frightened".
Adele is in a relationship with Rich Paul, and she opened up about him in the interview as well, where she said he’s hilarious, funny, and very smart. Adele mentioned that it’s quite incredible watching Rich Paul do what he does, and just the easiness of it is very smooth. He’s making it easy on me. She said, with a laugh, "he’s over there... "(This is) the first time I’ve loved myself and been open to loving and being loved by someone else," the singer added.
During the concert, Adele premiered three new songs from her forthcoming album "30", I Drink Wine, Love Is A Game, and Hold On, for which the singer quoted some lyrics, "I'm such a mess/The harder that I try, I regress/I am my own worst enemy/Right now I truly hate being me." She also shared that she often felt that way during her divorce and her friends would tell her to "Hold On." Adele added, "It was just exhausting trying to keep going with it. It's a process-the process of a divorce, the process of being a single parent, the process of not seeing your child every single day. It wasn't a plan that I had when I became a mum.
Speaking ahead of the TV special, Oprah Winfrey said she thought the song would become a "national anthem throughout the world for anybody struggling with anything. That song is so beautiful and poignant". Talking about Angelo, she shared that he couldn’t believe how many people were at the show ‘because he used to come to my stadium shows for rehearsals, and it’d be empty. Adele further added that Angelo got a glimpse of Adele’s true popularity after her latest video, "Easy on Me," premiered on YouTube.
Adele added, "The other day, he watched the Easy On Me video countdown... and he was like, '150,000 people were waiting!' Then he read the comments and was like, "People like you! So he's starting to get it a little, but not really." Talking about the concert, she said that even though the concert is in celebration of her new album but she is always going to start with 'Hello', because it is the beginning of her trying to know about herself. She went on to explain why the song was so important to her, pointing out that the lyrics were addressed to both her past and future selves. "It was a real homage to like, younger me, older me, all of these things when I wrote it. It's a song about 'I'm still here,' or something like that. 'Hi, I'm still here, I'm still here in every element of my life,' for example", she remarked.
The US prime-time event marked her first TV interview about her new album, which included a live concert at LA's Griffith Observatory attended by superstars such as Drake, Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Melissa McCarthy, and Seth Rogen. The star also performed a set of new songs and previous favorites in the shadow of the Hollywood sign at the picturesque Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
During the event, the star even assisted a local man in proposing to his girlfriend, Ashley, by serenading them with "Make You Feel My Love" after the shocked bride-to-be replied "yes" and went into tears. "Thank God she said yes," Adele joked, "because I had no idea who I was going to sing this song to next." The two-hour special, which aired on CBS in the United States, is not currently scheduled for broadcast in the United Kingdom. On Sunday, November 21, a second ITV show, An Audience With Adele, hosted by Alan Carr, will be televised.