Adele Didn't Want to Make Another 21 for Her Next Album

Adele Covers I-D Magazine, Winter 2015 Issue (Photo: I-D Magazine)

Adele Didn't Want to Make Another 21 for Her Next Album

Adele Adkins opens up to i-D magazine in a rare interview.

Published October 27, 2015

Adele’s return to music has been what everyone is talking about. Today, i-D magazine shared their exclusive cover story with the 25-year-old singer, where she talks about being a mother, following up the success of 21 and more.

Adele revealed a lot of details about her personal life and the process of 25, so here are some highlights from her first interview in three years:

She buys a new notepad for every album. "I do it every album. I buy a new pad, sniff it 'cause smell is important  and then I get a big, fat sharpie and write my age on the front page. 25 has five exclamation marks after it 'cause I was like, 'How the fuck did that happen?!' 21 to 25."

25 is about becoming older and nostalgic. "I think the album is about trying to clear out the past. Becoming a parent and moving past my mid-twenties, I simply don't have the capacity to worry about as many things that I used to really enjoy worrying about." 

She didn’t want to remake 21. "I was very conscious not to make 21 again. I definitely wasn't going to write a heartbreak record 'cause I'm not heartbroken, but I probably won't be able to better the one I did, so what's the point? Bit cliché, innit?" she says. "Also, how I felt when I wrote 21, it ain't worth feeling like that again."

The director of "Hello" encouraged her to act. "He said I was quite good. I had to cry and everything. You know what, I feel like a bit of a c**t after saying for all these years I'd never act, because I really enjoyed it."

I-D also got to hear seven records from 25, and they break down each one. Head over here to read the entire story, and be sure to pick up Adele's 25 on Nov. 20. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

(Photo: I-D Magazine)

Written by Eric Diep


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