"It's very easy to give in to being famous," she told Observer Music magazine

By Phil Boucher
Updated November 11, 2015 12:50 PM
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Adele is opening up about why she retreated from public life.

The British singer, 27, guest-edited the first edition of the re-launched Observer Music magazine, which will hit stands with the U.K. newspaper The Guardian on Sunday.

And in her interview with the magazine, she revealed how she coped with the fame that came with her super-successful sophomore album 21, a period in her life that she says felt “almost like an out-of-body experience.”

She added: “It’s very easy to give in to being famous. Because it’s charming. It’s powerful. It draws you in. Really, it’s harder work resisting it. But after a while I just refused to accept a life that was not real.”

As for what her life out of the public eye has been like? She’s and her partner Simon Konecki, 41, have been focusing on raising their 3-year-old son Angelo.

These days, though, she’s been busy reintroducing herself to the world with her record-breaking new single “Hello,” the first track off her upcoming album 25.

And while she’s got some high-profile appearances booked – she’ll perform her first U.S. concert in four years at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Nov. 17 and then will hit up Saturday Night Live the day after her album drops – she doesn’t have a typical rockstar routine. The biggest change in her life since she skyrocketed to the top of the charts? Now she does her grocery shopping at the upscale British supermarket Waitrose.