Adele on Whether She Sings to Her 3-Year-Old Son: 'He Doesn't Really Like My Music'
By John Boone
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It’s been a big week for Adele fans. After years of anxiously awaiting her new album, the singer announced her latest record, 25, will indeed be released on Nov. 20. Then she premiered the first single, “Hello,” and it is everything we wanted it to be.
One person close to the Grammy winner isn’t a fan of her music though: Her 3-year-old son, Angelo. "Yeah I do,” she told BBC Radio's 'Chris Evans' Breakfast Show' when asked whether she sings to him. “He doesn't really like my music. So, 'Twinkle, Twinkle,' 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat,' 'Peppa Pig.'"
While Adele has no problem performing intimate sets at home, she revealed that she still gets nervous about singing in front of crowds. "I do really love performing but I can't get over my nerves,” she said. “I don't really enjoy it until I'm off stage."
"It doesn't feel that natural standing on stage with a light on you with loads of people watching you, waiting to be entertained. It just frightens me,” she added, admitting that she’ll sometimes forget the words to her own songs. “I just pass the microphone to the audience and say, 'Oh, you sing it.' Or I'll stop and ask if I can start again. And I have to ask my guitarist, ‘What’s me lyric?’”
As for why it took four years to finish 25, Adele told BBC 1’s Nick Grimshaw that she “wasn’t in the head space to access my creativity.” “I decided not to do it until I felt ready,” she reasoned, going on to say that she almost released a completely different record. “I did write an album about being a mum, but that’s pretty boring. I scrapped that.”
Now that “Hello” has debuted to rave reviews -- and a No. 1 spot on the iTunes charts -- the singer can relax a little, as she confesses, "100 percent, I was so frightened that no one cared.” She told Z100’s Elvis Duran that when she teased the song in a 30-second commercial during X Factor U.K., she guessed "everyone [was] going to think it's an advert for furniture stores."
As for her next record, which she is apparently already thinking about, Adele told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio that it won’t be titled after her age. “I think this will be my last age one,” she explained. “I’m sure I’m wrong with this, but I feel there’s been a massive change in me in the last couple of years."
She continued, “Having become a parent, and me and all my friends suddenly living grown-up lives and having responsibilities we haven’t had before…I feel like how I feel about myself is how I’m going to feel about myself forever. I feel like the idea of naming albums after my age is always to show a photograph of what’s going on in my life [at that time]. I feel like not that much is going to change profoundly in me from now on, in terms of how important years of my life are to myself.”
So what will her next album be called? “Adele,” she said. “I’m not joking.”
Now, here are seven questions we have about Adele’s “Hello” music video: