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Adele Addresses Why Her Marriage Failed: “I Was Unhappy. I Was Like, What Am I Doing it for?”

Adele got candid during a sit-down with in Oprah Winfrey’s rose garden, which she recorded prior to her first concert in more than four years for the CBS special Adele One Night Only.

During the chat, the singer revealed she felt “embarrassed” that she couldn’t make her marriage to Simon Konecki “work”.

“I’ve been obsessed with a nuclear family my whole life because I never came from one,” said the 33-year-old singer, who shares nine-year-old son Angelo with Konecki. “I from a very young age promised myself that when I had kids, that we’d stay together. We would be that united family.

“I was so disappointed for my son, I was so disappointed for myself, I just thought I was going to be the one that stopped doing those bloody patterns all the time,” she added.

“We were all answering these questions in this very bougie magazine, and it was something like, ‘What’s something that no one would ever know about you?’” she said. “And I just said it in front of three of my friends, I was like, ‘I’m really not happy. I’m not living, I’m just plodding along,’” she said.

She recalled a lyric from her song Love in the Dark, on the 2015 album 25: “I want to live and not just survive.”

“I definitely felt like that,” she said. “And it was when I admitted to my own friends, who thought I was really happy, that actually I’m really unhappy, and they were all aghast. I felt like it was sort of, from there, that I was like, what am I doing it for?”

She remains friendly with her ex-husband, said she trusted Konecki “with [her] life” and added he “probably saved my life”.

“The stability that he and [her son] Angelo have given me, no one else would have ever been able to give me, especially at that time in my life,” she said of her ex-husband’s purpose in her past. “I could’ve easily gone down some dodgy paths, been sort of self-destructive from being so overwhelmed by all of it. And he came in and he was stable, the most stable person I’ve ever had in my life up until that point.”

Asked by Winfrey what Konecki thinks of her new album, which plumbs her heartbreak and guilt from the divorce, Adele answered: “He knows what kind of artist I am, that I have to dig deep and tell my stories.” The new album arose from a long period of introspection and commitment to sitting with uncomfortable feelings. “Whenever I noticed how I was feeling I would sit down and I would sit with it,” she said.

“I was really ignoring myself for a long time, which was wild when I realised that.”

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