A new profile in Vogue paints British singer Adele as an extremely down-to-earth person. She talks loudly, fears performing, and take the paparazzi attention in stride. But one thing we didn’t really expect from the Grammy-winning artist was a lack of ambition, or rather, a sudden prioritizing of her relationship over her fast-moving career. And yet, that’s exactly what she says she’s pondering right now.
“I am fucking off for four or five years,” she says. “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.”
On the one hand, it sounds like she’s still going to be doing some music (“write a happy record.”) On the other, it sounds like she’s serious about taking some time off. But what’s going to happen when her label wants her to go out on tour in support of said happy record? As the profile explains, she’s signed to a smaller label (XL Recordings) which licenses her music to Sony, so she’s not under the same kind of pressure as other pop stars.
While many people are taking this quote as a sign that Adele cares more about being in a relationship than making music (can’t a person do both at once?) it sounds like it’s actually going to improve her output more than rushing to write another album would:
“I’m in it for the long run,” she says. “I don’t want to be disposable. You’re only as good as your next record. I’m not scared of losing this. I won’t come out with new music until it’s better than 21. I’m not expecting to sell as many records, but I don’t want to release shit. Also, I have nothing to write about! I’d be lying. And that would go against everything I’ve ended up building for myself. So, yeah, I will need at least three years to write a record.”
You go, girl.
UPDATE: Since the profile came out, Adele has written in her blog: “I’ve a few days off now, and then it’s the Brit Awards here at home and then I’m straight into the studio. BOYYAHH! 5 years? More like 5 days!” Carry on, then.