Her bare complexion mirrors the stripped-down, honest interview she gives the magazine, opening up about her relationship with her son and her boyfriend, the stars she envies (Rihanna, for one), and how disconnected she's felt from her very own industry.
And no, her new single "Hello" is not about the ex boyfriend that her last album 21 was largely inspired by.
"If I were still writing about him, that’d be terrible,” Adele tells the magazine. “‘Hello’ is as much about regrouping with myself, reconnecting with myself. [The lyric ‘hello from the other side’] sounds a bit morbid, like I’m dead. But it’s actually just from the other side of becoming an adult, making it out alive from your late teens, early twenties.”
While she opens the door slightly to her life in this 6,000-word feature, she's still a very private person — not because she hates being famous, but because she's frightened of it, she says. "Watching Amy [Winehouse] deteriorate is one of the reasons I'm a bit frightened. We were all very entertained by her being a mess."
So, during her four-year hiatus, she sort of separated herself from the music industry: "I feel like I don't know what's going on in the charts and in popular culture. I've not lost touch with, like, reality. Just with what's current," she explains.
Her focus has instead been on her three-year-old son ("All the things I really like about myself, he brings out in me, and he's the only person that tells me no. He completely rules me. He's the boss of me.") and her long-time boyfriend Simon Konecki ("He's so supportive. And that takes a very big man, because I'm very successful at what I do.").
We're glad you took the time you needed for yourself, Adele, but man are we happy to have you back.
You can read the whole feature here.