Adele graces Vogue’s March 2012 cover looking gorgeous photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The lovely songstress opens up to the magazine and talks about fame, family and what the future holds. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was the highest-selling artist of 2011 and her second album, ’21’, sold more than seventeen million copies worldwide and remained at or near the top of the charts all year long.
Adele had throat surgery last fall and had to cancel the rest of her tour. “I’ve been singing properly every day since I was about fifteen or sixteen,” she says, “and I have never had any problems with my voice, ever. I’ve had a sore throat here and there, had a cold and sung through it, but that day it just went while I was onstage in Paris during a radio show. It was literally like someone had pulled a curtain over it.” When realizing that the problem was serious, Adele confesses that, “I knew my voice was in trouble and obviously I cried a lot. But crying is really bad for your vocal cords, too!”
Now, the 23-year-old singer admits that she got back not just her voice but also her life. “I think I just needed to be silenced. And when you are silent, everyone else around you is silent. So the noise in my life just stopped. It was like I was floating in the sea for three weeks. It was brilliant. It was my body telling me to fix me. I had so much time to kind of go over things and get over things, which is amazing. I think if I hadn’t had my voice trouble, I would never have broached those subjects with myself.” “Now I just feel really at peace. And really proud of myself. I’ve never fully appreciated the things that I’ve achieved until now. In fact, my entire life has changed in the last ten weeks. I’ve never been so happy, and I love it,” she says.
Speaking about performing for the first time in five months at the Grammys and being nominated in for six awards, Adele told Vogue that, “I burst into tears when I found out. And I would love, absolutely love, to win. This record is coming to an end, and that would be the final brick on it.”
Adele confesses that she’s not so much into the red carpet. “I hate the red carpet. I don’t feel insecure, I just feel like, Oh, I don’t want to do this. I literally get a stomach cramp. At the VMA’s last year I felt really out of my comfort zone because there were so many superstars there. But that’s been the case from day one. I never feel like, Oh, yeah, I should be here. And I was missing my best friend’s hen night. So I was a bit bitter that I wasn’t there, to be perfectly honest,” the singer says.
When it comes to performing on stage, Adele told the magazine that she always feels nervous. And she even cries sometimes. “You can see the fear behind my eyes. The first TV show I ever did was Later . . . With Jools Holland, when I was eighteen, and I was sandwiched between Björk and Paul McCartney. And the fear in my eyes is exactly the same fear that’s in my eyes when I come on singing now. The more records I sell and the bigger this all gets, the bigger the shows get. It’s like a vicious cycle,” Adele explains.
Moreover, she tells she wants to keep her shows rather simple. “I definitely think that less is more. I don’t think I could pull it off, doing an elaborate show. There are a couple of songs that are worthy of a few explosions and dancing teams and stuff like that. But I would feel really uncomfortable displaying my music like that. I just want to sing it. I don’t want to perform with my body,” Adele says.
On her new boyfriend, Simon Konecki, a 37-year-old former investment banker, Adele confesses that, “He’s wonderful. And he’s proud of me, but he don’t care about what I do or what other people think. He looks after me. I don’t think I would have gotten through the recovery for my surgery if it hadn’t been for him.”
As for her future, the lovely singer says that, “I am f****** off for four or five years. If I am constantly working, my relationships fail. So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don’t know what I’ll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch.”
Adele was raised as a single child by a single mother. Speaking about her mother, Penny, the singer says that she is the total opposite of her. “She’s the calmest person, really strong and clever and beautiful. She is so slender, like this Turkish Greek goddess—she’s tan with big black eyes. And she is so easily moved. A real emotional person. She had me really young. And there was loads of stuff she wanted to do that she didn’t get to, so she’s making sure she’s doing it now. She is always up for an adventure. She does paragliding at the moment. Total opposite of me! I am a safety freak, a neat freak, can never be late,” Adele told Vogue.
The beautiful singer shares with the magazine that after the Grammys and after making the shows she cancelled last year, she wants to go away for a while. “I want to set up my home. I need to lay some concrete. And I think that will really cure my paranoia of feeling like I am missing home, missing out,” she says.
Read Adele’s full interview in the March 2012 issue of VOGUE magazine.
Photos courtesy of Vogue