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The British chanteuse discusses "making a legacy" for her son through her comeback album 25

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated November 25, 2015 09:15 AM
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Adele is totally “overwhelmed” by the 25-fever that’s completely swept the nation (if not the world) – because, she insists, she’s really just a mom.

The British chanteuse told NPR’s All Things Considered that the response to her new album has been “insane,” but keeping her son Angelo James, 3, by her side throughout the madness has been “grounding.”

“I mean, I was prepared. I wasn’t going into it blind, you know,” she contended. “I know the difference between my two lives – and by two lives, I mean ‘mummy,’ and then me – so obviously, I was kind of braced for it. Not on this level, ’cause it’s never even been on this level.”

Adele, 27, said Angelo – whose dad is her boyfriend, Simon Konecki – accompanies her “everywhere,” though, his presence both tiring and helpful. “He just brings me back down to earth,” she admitted. “So I’m feeling pretty balanced about it, actually, and I have only him to thank for that.”

In the short time since 25‘s Nov. 20 release, Adele has already crushed records: she is officially the artist with the fastest selling album in iTunes history. Angelo, however, isn’t an owner of one of the over 900,000 copies sold through Apple’s music service.

“He likes ‘Twinkle Twinkle,’ ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat,’ ‘Batman,’ stuff like that,” Adele said of her son’s musical preferences. “He’s not interested in what I do. He knows I’m a singer and he loves it, and he’s proud. He knows that it’s going well. But, yeah, he’s not – he wouldn’t buy my record if he could.”

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For more on Adele, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.While Angelo might not yet be an Adele fan, the artist said the toddler heavily impacts her musical decisions.

“Now that I’m a mom, I feel like everything I do, I’m making a legacy for my child,” Adele told NPR. “So I try and be proper and professional with all of my life, not just my career. I think it’s really important that I’m very articulate with my feelings going forward, because he will read all about this one day, and I want him to know that I cared about how I was portrayed when he existed in my life, that I wasn’t flippant with those things. I don’t want to be a baby raising a baby.”

Adele has her own favorites (“Britney [Spears] is the queen.”), and said she often listens to music as a “fan.”

“Obviously, I hope that I bring joy to people’s lives, not just sadness,” she said, noting the often publicized emotional responses to her music. “And I find that most people feel quite relaxed around me.”

The artist, herself, has problems with relaxing: she said she gets “so nervous with live performances that I’m too frightened to try anything new.”

“It’s actually getting worse,” she admitted to NPR. “Or it’s just not getting better, so I feel like it’s getting worse, because it should’ve gotten better by now.”

She keeps it together for Angelo, though.

“The love I feel for him is so poignant and overwhelming. It takes my breath away that I am able to love someone that much, and that’s what I’ve been looking for my whole life.”