No doubt about it, 2015 has been a year of triumph for Adele. Besides slaying us all with her new album, 25, and the announcement of her world tour, she’s now closing out her year with a stunning cover and a candid interview with Time magazine. The singer had plenty to say about fame, motherhood, and even Beyoncé—read on for insights on living life as Adele.
On the pressures of fame and staying “likable”:
“I feel like some artists—and this isn’t shading any artist, just me trying to come up with my own explanation—the bigger they get, the more horrible they get and the more unlikable. And I don’t care if you make an amazing album—if I don’t like you, I ain’t getting your record. I don’t want you being played in my house if I think you’re a bastard.”
On motherhood and her three-year-old son, Angelo:
“He makes me so proud of myself, and he makes me like myself so much. And I’ve always liked myself. I’ve never not liked myself. I don’t have hang-ups like that. But I’m so proud of myself that I made him in my belly. Cooked him in my belly and then he came out of me! This human who’s suddenly walking around and doing his own thing. I can’t wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be, or what movies he likes … Whatever my kid wants to do or be, I will always support him no matter what.”
On staying grounded and keeping her personal life separate from her public persona:
“I think it’s really important so that you don’t get f—ed up by everything. It’s important so you stay in touch with yourself. If you lose touch with yourself, no one’s going to want to talk to you or listen to anything you’re f—ing doing. They’ll just point at you and laugh. At you, not with you.
“My record is about my real life, so I have to talk about it. If you try to intrude or come near my family, I’m a lioness. Especially because my boyfriend isn’t famous. So I think it’s really unfair for anyone to want unlimited access to my family when we’re not a brand. Some people do, and if you’re happy to do it, then kudos—that’s f—ing great. But I don’t want my family to be part of my package. If my kid decides that when he’s old enough to make his own decision that he wants to be known for being my kid, I’ll be annoyed, but I won’t stop him. I’ll be like, ‘It’s your choice now.’ But this was my dream. This isn’t theirs.”
And, finally, on that rumor that she turned down the opportunity to do a duet with Beyoncé:
“Whoever started that rumor must have been having a laugh because anyone who knows me knows that my main priority in life outside of my child is Beyoncé.”