Adeleâ€™s Favorite Singers are Beyonce, Bette Midler and Stevie Nicks, Sheâ€™s Also Terrified of Drugs and Drinking
by Roger Friedman – October 31, 2016 1:02 pm
Adele, the singer with powerful pipes, puts some of her powerful opinions on display inÂ Vanity Fair‘s December coverÂ interview, touching on her postpartum depression, giving up drinking and her indifference to money, plus her thoughts on Donald Trump and her exasperation with the sea of cellphone lights at her concerts.
The big take-away: You could take it all away â€” the success, the cash, the fame â€”Â and Adele wouldn’t mind.
â€œIâ€™d still like to make records, but Iâ€™d be fine if I never heard (the applause)Â again,â€ Adele tells VFÂ contributing editor Lisa Robinson.
One thing she won’t miss: All those cellphones lighting up during her concerts, as audiences focus more on their little screens than on her, she says.Â â€œPeople would rather have a photo to show to people than actually enjoy a moment,â€ she says. â€œItâ€™s weirdÂ â€”Â when I first started out, nearly 10 years ago, no one had their phones out. Iâ€™d go onstage to people. Now I go onstage to 18,000 phones. ”
She’s suspicious of WiFi: She suggests there’s aÂ new threat to worry about: “This Wi-Fi, you watch, itâ€™s going to…kill our insides â€¦ itâ€™s just floating around. Iâ€™m telling you, weâ€™ll find out in 25 years.â€
How she overcame postpartum depression:Â “My knowledge of postpartum â€” or post-natal, as we call it in England â€” is that you donâ€™t want to be with your child; youâ€™re worried you might hurt your child; youâ€™re worried you werenâ€™t doing a good job,” she says. “But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate…Eventually I just said, Iâ€™m going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever…I want without my baby. A friend of mine said, â€˜Really? Donâ€™t you feel bad?â€™ I said, I do, but not as bad as Iâ€™d feel if I didnâ€™t do it.â€
Her sadÂ side: â€œThe music Iâ€™ve always been drawn to is sad. Iâ€™ve always been pretty melancholy. Obviously not as much in my real life as the songs are, but I have a very dark side. Iâ€™m very available to depression. I can slip in and out of it quite easily.”
On money and fame: â€œI donâ€™t care about money. Iâ€™m British, and we donâ€™t have that â€¦ thing of having to earn more money all the time. I donâ€™t come from money; itâ€™s not that important a part of my life….Â the problem is you canâ€™t talk about the downside of fame, because people have hope, and they cling to the hope of what it would be like to be famous, to be adored, to be able to create and do nice things.â€
Her heroes are BeyoncÃ© and Bette Midler:Â â€œBeyoncÃ©’sÂ my Michael Jackson,â€ she says. â€œIâ€™ve obviously loved (Midler) for years. I like her humor, but sheâ€™s a… great singer, a realÂly amazing singer. When I watched her show, I felt like I was realÂly watching the last legend. No oneâ€™s made like that anymore.â€
Her Favorite Singers Are Bette Midler and Stevie Nicks:Â â€œStevie Nicksâ€”â€I canâ€™t find the words to describe how much I love herâ€â€¦About Bette, she says, â€œIâ€™ve obviously loved her for years. I like her humor, but sheâ€™s a fucking great singer, a really amazing singer. When I watched her show, I felt like I was really watching the last legend. No oneâ€™s made like that anymore.â€
Why she’s no longer a “massive” drinker:Â â€œHaving a hangover with a child is torture. Just imagine an annoying 3-year-old (son Angelo) who knows somethingâ€™s wrong; itâ€™s hell….I can see from an outsiderâ€™s perspective that I will never write songs as good as the ones that are on 21, but Iâ€™m not as indulgent as I was then, and I donâ€™t have time to fall apart like I did then….Since Iâ€™ve had my baby, Iâ€™m not as carefree as I used to be.â€
About thatÂ GOP presidential candidate: â€œWe only know Trump from The Apprentice, so we think a reality star is running for president. I just donâ€™t think anybody should be building walls or (stuff)Â like that right now. I think we need to look after each other. Everyone must vote.â€
The December issue of VF will be on newsstands nationally on Nov. 8, Election Day.