Adele is a rare phenomenon in the music industry. One of the bestselling recording artists in the world, Adele made her way to the top by rejecting the industry’s fixation on image and sex appeal, and staying true to her principles at every step of the way. Her guts and gumption have earned her waves of admiration and affection from her fans, who find inspiration in her insistence on always being herself, in an industry where the pressures on women to look and act a certain way can be crushing.
For Adele, it’s always been about her passion for the music, and she refused to let others push her into the standard celebrity mold. With her courage and authenticity, she managed to touch millions, and to reflect their own hearts back at them in the piercing and soulful sound that’s her unique signature. At the young age of 29, she’s already won over a dozen Grammys, sold over 100 million records, and been twice named one of Time’s most influential people in the world.
I’ve never seen magazine covers or music videos and been like, ‘I need to look like that to be a success.’
I have insecurities of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.
Be brave and fearless to know that even if you do make a wrong decision, you’re making it for good reason.
No matter what you look like, the key is to first of all be happy with yourself. And then you know if you want to try to improve things that you don’t like about yourself, then do it after you appreciate yourself.
I’m ballsy. I have guts. I’m not afraid of anyone. I think that’s what makes me feel powerful.
I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.
Being told how to look is about being a product, and I don’t want to be a product.
I think it’s really important that you don’t think you’re great. Because once you get to that point, you just fuck everything up. You think that everyone’s going to think you’re great all the time, and that’s rubbish.
I think I remind everyone of themselves. Not saying everyone is my size, but it’s relatable because I’m not perfect, and I think a lot of people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable and untouchable.
The bigger that your career gets, the smaller your life gets.
I used to fucking love the drama of all of it, but now I’m a mum I only have so much head space. I’ve got to clear a lot of stuff the fuck out, which is really therapeutic, ’cause I can really hold a grudge. Life is so much easier when you don’t hoard your past.
I’m a feminist. I believe that everyone should be treated the same, including race and sexuality.
I don’t want to have plastic surgery. I’m going to look like this forever. Deal with it. Once you deal with it, you feel more calm about it.
I don’t think sadness is always devastating. It can be quite uplifting and joyful as well and sometimes, you have to let yourself be sad in order to move forward, so once I sort of started looking at it like that, I was quite happy to do it and also I felt like I didn’t need to let myself go this time in order to access my creativity, so that was good.
When I have nothing to say, I’d rather just not talk.