I have power over everything i do'
I didn't get off to a terribly good
start with adele.
We had first planned to meet back in august.I'd just
made the four hour journey to london to meet her at 10am when her publicist
rang, saying adele was sick, and couldn't make it.
I heard she later
cancelled a string of live performances in the us at the final hour.She won't
last in the music business.She doesn't have what it takes:The drive, the work
ethic, the single minded ambition.
And then i do, finally, meet her, and
i change my mind.The young women of the world don't need another
model like madonna:A hard working harridan whose private life is in tatters.What
they really need is someone deliciously self centred, who puts personal freedom
and happiness before success.Someone, in fact, just like adele.
never had a problem with the way I look.I'd rather have lunch with my friends
than go to a gym' we meet in a house in south london, not far from adele's
stamping ground of brixton, where her favourite night out is a meal in a
malaysian restaurant('I went to the Ivy, I hate it, I think it's s.And nobu.They
[celebrity restaurants] are all rubbish')Followed by a film(She likes gangster
movies:Scarface, the godfather;She admits the last time she read a book she was
six, and it was roald dahl's matilda)At the ritzy.
Adele is in her
uniform of black marks spencer jeans, big chunky cardigan and flats.'I'm like
Johnny Cash, cheap michael kors handbags
says.'I only wear black.'
She looks at my shoes silver strappy platforms
and her great big green cat's eyes widen.'I like looking nice, but I always put
comfort over fashion, ' she says, tucking her legs up under her, doing that big
girl thing of first pulling her cardie down over her bottom, then pulling it
across her chest.'I don't find thin girls attractive;Be happy and healthy.I've
never had a problem with the way i look.I'd rather have lunch with my friends
than go to a gym.'
I ask what size she is.'I'm 5ft 9in and a 14, 16.' Is
she under no pressure at all from the record company to go on a diet or
exercise?I tell her that when i interviewed girl band all saints at the start of
their career, i snuck a look at their diary for the coming year, and every box
had been filled in with dates, promo tours, interviews, photo shoots and daily
work outs with a trainer in a gym.
Adele snorts, and does her great big
hearty laugh, the best laugh in the music business.'You can't go to America and
be s;You could have an amazing figure and they won't buy it.I could wear a bin
liner and they'd still like me.'
Last summer, around the time she
cancelled our interview, she decided she wanted three months off:She told her
record company, publicist and manager that she didn't want any e mails, phone
calls, texts, nothing.
'It had got to the stage where friends would call,
and I'd be working in Norway or somewhere, and they'd ask me to come round and
I'd get annoyed that they didn't know I was abroad.So for three months i went to
the pub, barbecues, saw my cousins.'
She cancelled that string of dates
in the us the michael kors outlet uk
she was due to go.'I got in trouble for wasting people's time but I was
Wasn't she terrified that she would be dropped,
forgotten?The year for her was going so well:A brit critics' choice award, named
the sound of 2008 by a bbc poll, her first album, 19, at number one in the uk,
number one on itunes in the us.
'I can't be a product;No one can do that
to me.I have all the say;I have power over everything i do.When i won the brit
award i thought,"I'm going to kill myself. "'
Why?Because it seemed too
much like hard work?She nods.'If you play up to it, it is hard work.This week, i
want three days off.I tell them not to call me.'
She hasn't let success
change her:'I've never been more normal than I am now.'
What if all
this(I gesture at the people milling about for the photo shoot to accompany this
interview, the clothes, the make up artists)Disappeared?'Recently, I did the New
York show and I thought, you're an idiot [to have cancelled the previous dates],
you are throwing away everyone's dream.But i needed time off, it's good that i
I wonder where she gets her supreme, unshakable self
confidence.'I am from a huge family:There are 33 immediate family members on my
mum's side alone.I'm an only child but i have got a half brother.We are all
'I have never been insecure, ever, about how I look,
about what I want to do with myself.My mum told me to only michael kors
ever do things for myself, not for others.
'In a way,
though, my success has been for her.Mum loves me being famous!She is so excited
and proud, as she had me so young and couldn't support me [there wasn't a lot of
money to go round], so i am living her dream, it's sweeter for both of us.It's
her 40th birthday soon and i'm going to buy her 40 presents.'
bought her mother, penny, a stella vine painting for several thousand pounds,
the money going to a charity called keep a child alive.
Her mum is, was,
a sometime artist, furniture maker and masseuse, and is going to decorate
adele's new flat.'It's just a one bedroom flat in Notting Hill above a shop.My
dad [her stepdad;Her parents split up when she was very young and her real
father was never part of her life] works for wickes, so i should be able to get
cheap diystuff.I get lonely sometimes, but i love it.'
tottenham, north london, adele laurie blue adkins was the only white pupil at
her primary school, which is partly why she grew up loving soul music.When she
moved, at 11, to south london with her mum and stepfather, she went to a 'crap
comprehensive' before winning a place at the brit performing arts school in
croydon, the one that gave us amy winehouse and leona lewis.Her friend posted it
on myspace and the independent xl record label, home of the white stripes,
spotted it.They called her in.
'I thought I'd be offered a job as an
intern, ' she says.Instead, she signed her record deal at 18.
adele will be in los angeles for the grammy awards, the oscars of the music
world.She has been nominated in a staggering four categories, including best new
artist and song of the year(Update:Adele won two grammys, for best new artist
and best pop vocal performance, for 'chasing pavements' click on link below;She
is also in the running for three brit awards, which will be announced later this