Intro for November 1, 2016
Adele’s tour has entered its final month. She will wrap it up on November 21 in Phoenix. As previously mentioned, she may never go on a tour this extensive ever again. And this point is hinted at a few times in her new cover feature for Vanity Fair, although she does say she’d consider a Las Vegas residency, but probably not for a few years, since Angelo is getting to be school age now.
Last year, at exactly this time, Adele covered Rolling Stone. I LOVED that interview. I loved it so much. It was how authoritative she sounded. It was how confident she was – not confident for the sake of being confident, for the way it reads on a t-shirt, but confident because she’s done the work, she knows the work, she is the work.
This year, for Vanity Fair, what’s most notable to me is how comfortable she is. And, in particular, how comfortable she is with her success. It’s not easy for women - first to get there, to find and seize opportunity, to extract the most out of those opportunities because, as we know, we get fewer of them, and then, once those opportunities have been fully maximised, to feel like we deserved them in the first place. Adele pulls up in a Porsche. Designer bracelets hang casually off her arm. She now owns a house in Beverly Hills. She is protected by personal security. She will only let one woman in the world style her eyebrows. All of these details are listed casually in the Vanity Fair piece, during a conversation that spans motherhood, mental health, money, and more. And none of it is rationalised, by which I mean that she doesn’t go out of her way to justify the seemingly superficial markers of her success. That’s not to say that she worries about being perceived superficially. Adele speaks quite candidly about how her worldview has changed since becoming a parent, how her art has changed since becoming a parent, how some people around her have changed since she’s become a parent – and, most remarkably, since she’s become a wealthy woman. Adele can talk about all of that, authentically, and still keep whatever it is that she has to keep to herself to herself.
Adele, by her own admission, has changed. She reveals that 21 was mostly written while she was drunk, indulging – almost revelling – in her own personal drama, which, in her mind, is why it’s so good, why “I can see from an outsider’s perspective that I will never write songs as good as the ones that are on (that album)”. I appreciate that she’s sharing with us here her own musings about whether or not her creativity will be curbed by her responsibility. Adele might be more responsible now but artistic output can also come from change. And she herself has forecast it. Here’s how she describes her relationship with her boyfriend Simon Konecki:
“I have no desire to be with anyone in show business, because we all have egos. He’s not threatened by any stage of my life that I’m going for, and that’s an amazing thing. It’s the most serious relationship I’ve ever been in; we’ve got a child together and we live together. After releasing my first album, all the other people I ever was with were so insecure about themselves—they couldn’t handle it at all. When I try to describe this to my friends they don’t always get it, because they go out with people that are our age, but Simon is already who he is, and I’m still becoming who I’m going to be. He’s confident. He’s perfect.”
Who is Adele going to be? I can’t wait to find out. Or, rather, I can’t wait to hear it.
Also, one more observation: Vanity’s story on Adele opens with a quote, not from Adele, but from Beyoncé about Adele. Beyoncé is quoted TWICE in this piece – about Adele. As you know, Beyoncé talking to anyone about anything, even herself, is rare. For Beyoncé to agree to comment on Adele is noteworthy. Beyoncé considers Adele to be a peer.
Beyoncé and Adele are expected to be heavily nominated at the Grammys. I have been hoping for a Beyoncé-Adele performance at the Grammys for months. Please, please, please let this happen. Click here to read more about Adele at Vanity Fair.
Yours in gossip,