Adele on Hopes for Her Tour, That Beyoncé Rumor and 'Unlikeable' Stars: 5 Things We Learned from Her TIME Cover Story
"I really would like to fly through the arena for the beginning, but no one's having it," she says
The English singer, 27, reveals her blunt take on everything from motherhood to social media in her new cover story, which hits newsstands on Monday. It’s just the latest in a series of surprises from the superstar, who has smashed records in both music and TV since releasing her most personal album to date, 25, on Nov. 18.
But as Time shows us, there’s still a lot to Adele that her fans have yet to discover. Read on for the most interesting tidbits gleaned from the piece – so far.
1. Adele has big plans for her tour.
Fans who managed to score tickets for Adele’s upcoming tour are in for a treat. While her record-smashing NBC special Adele Live in New York City was all about the music, Adele says her tour show will pack in some action. “I’m not just going to stand there!” she explains while laughing. However, as much as she might enjoy soaring over the stage, don’t expect Adele to take a page out of Justin Bieber‘s playbook. “I really would like to fly through the arena for the beginning, but no one’s having it,” she says.
2. She doesn’t believe in “branding.”
“It makes me sound like a fabric softener, or a packet of crisps,” Adele says of the industry buzzword. “I’m not that. But there’s personality in an artist, and if you’re expecting people to let you in and give themselves to you, you have to be a whole package.”
She continues, “I feel like some artists – and this isn’t shading any artist, just me trying to come up with my own explanation – the bigger they get, the more horrible they get, and the more unlikable. And I don’t care if you make an amazing album – if I don’t like you, I ain’t getting your record. I don’t want you being played in my house if I think you’re a bastard.”
3. Motherhood has changed her self image.
“He makes me so proud of myself, and he makes me like myself so much,” Adele says of her and boyfriend Simon Konecki’s 3-year-old son Angelo. “And I’ve always liked myself. I’ve never not liked myself. I don’t have hangups like that. But I’m so proud of myself that I made him in my belly. Cooked him in my belly and then he came out of me! This human who’s suddenly walking around and doing his own thing. I can’t wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be or what movies he likes … Whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what.”
Even at this young stage in his childhood, Adele is determined to avoid spoiling Angelo rotten. “I’m very self-conscious that I have a kid, and I don’t want him being one of those d— heads, who grows up being, like, ‘Driver, driver!'” she says.
4. Adele is obsessed with Beyoncé, but a duet with someone else was actually in the works.
One of the biggest rumors to follow Adele around is that she turned down a duet with Beyoncé. “Whoever started that rumor must have been having a laugh because anyone who knows me knows that my main priority in life outside of my child is Beyonc ,” she jokes.
Then Adele explains why 25 doesn’t feature a collaboration. “I really wanted to do a duet on this album,” she says. “I spoke to someone about it who I wanted to do it with, and we got on like a house on fire, and then we just couldn’t logistically really get it to work. I can’t say who it is because I want to do it in the future. That’s the only reason. It wasn’t Beyoncé!”
5. Social media isn’t her top priority, especially when she’s recording.
“Privacy is key to being able to write a real record, whether people like it or not,” Adele says of her creative process. “My life has changed so much, but I’ve made the realest record I can make, and it’s the real part of me. How am I supposed to write a real record if I’m waiting for half a million likes on a f—ing photo? That ain’t real.”