"I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened."
So explains Adele of her years-long departure from the music scene and the long-awaited release of her new album, 25. The singer posted a note on her social media on Wednesday, revealing that, “25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing.”
If you’re hoping for more breakup anthems, you may be disappointed.
“My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record,” Adele writes. “I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done.”
The Grammy winner also captioned the note on Facebook, “Hello...,” a nod to the mysterious commercial featuring 30 seconds of one of her new songs that aired during a recent X Factor U.K. episode.
"Hello, it's me," her very recognizable voice sings in the snippet. "I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet to go over everything. They say that time's supposed to heal ya, but I ain't done much healing."
Adele first teased her next album back in May of 2014, tweeting, “Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year x.” Many assumed that meant 25 would drop sometime in 2014. Now, over a year later, it’s rumored the album will arrive on Nov. 20, which her return to social media appears to support.
The rest of the letter is a reflection on turning 25 and becoming an adult, with Adele recalling how she always wanted to be older than she was. “I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it all away,” she reveals. “Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and I wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored. Wishing I wasn’t so matter of fact all the time.”
“Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my 20s,” she continues. “Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk.”
In other music news, Beyoncé gave her first print interview in years. Here’s what she had to say: