With her new album, 25, scheduled for release November 20, Adele has amped up the interviews.
This week the LGBT ally landed on the cover of Rolling Stone in a stunning just-out-of-the-shower photo that finds the singer looking fresh and fabulous.
The interview feature inside is chock-full of Adele's candid admissions, bawdy humor, and robust laughter. Some highlights:
On not being recognized when she's out and about at home in London:
"Maybe if I went out in full, done-up, hair-and-makeup drag. Which it is: borderline drag! I'm not brave enough to do it."
On music she's excited about:
"I’m just fucking waiting for Frank fucking Ocean to come out with his album. It's taking so fucking long. ... That sounds so stupid, coming from me, doesn't it?"
"People think I hate being famous. And I don't. I'm really frightened of it. I think it's really toxic, and I think it's really easy to be dragged into it."
On her fellow British superstar Amy Winehouse:
"Watching Amy deteriorate is one of the reasons I'm a bit frightened. We were all very entertained by her being a mess. I was fucking sad about it, but if someone showed me a picture of her looking bad, I'd look at it. If we hadn't looked, then they'd have stopped taking her picture. That level of attention is really frightening, especially if you don't live around all that showbiz stuff."
On the idea of bringing close friends on tour (and how they'll be compared to Taylor Swift's squad):
"I’ve heard about a squad. I wish my squad was all supermodels. We are, in our brains. I guess I have my own squad. It's not as interesting as some of the other squads that are around right now. ... But maybe Rihanna can be in my squad! That would be really cool. Oh, God. She's life itself, isn't she? I love her."
On Madonna’s Ray of Light being the "chief inspiration" for 25:
"You know what I found so amazing about that record? That's the record Madonna wrote after having her first child, and for me, it's her best. I was so all over the place after having a child, just because my chemicals were just hitting the fucking roof and shit like that."
"I was just drifting away, and I couldn't find that many examples for myself where I was like, 'Fuck, they truly came back to themselves,' until someone was like, 'Well, obviously, Ray of Light.'"
On accidentally getting the same “Paradise” tattoo as Lana Del Rey:
"She probably thinks I'm, like, some mad fangirl."
Read the rest of Adele's Rolling Stone interview here.