Adele Has Her Most Revealing Year Yet As She Reflects on Her Thirty Years

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Adele Has Her Most Revealing Year Yet As She Reflects on Her Thirty Years

Adele’s long-awaited 30 has ushered in 2021 with a large broken-heart emoji, but the singer has already picked up the pieces.

If you haven’t had enough feels in your heart lately…

That’s why 30 is here.

Adele’s long-awaited fourth studio album, which, like her previous releases, is named after the age at which she began writing the songs, was released in November.

19 amid the giddy anticipation that only a large amount of time and an in-depth interview with Oprah Winfrey can generate.

And, thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint in her trademark hurts-so-good way.

30 is a melodic slow burn through the highs and lows that the past few years have had to offer the now 33-year-old singer, who has weathered the end of a marriage and the simultaneous sadness and personal growth that entails, all while experiencing the joys and concerns of motherhood since we last heard from her in album form.

Angelo, her 9-year-old son, can be heard on “My Little Love,” initially telling his mother that he feels “like you don’t love me,” in a Dickensian lilt.

Which, of course, isn’t true—”Why do you feel like that? You know Mummy doesn’t like anyone else like I like you, right?” she responds—but isn’t that what kids are for, to delight and then devastate with their soul-piercing analysis, sometimes in the same breath?

“Mummy’s been going through a lot of big feelings lately,” she tells her son.

He asks, “Like how?”

“Just like…I’m a little perplexed,” she responds.

“Why?” you might wonder.

“I’m not sure.”

I also have the impression that I’m not sure what I’m doing.”

“Do you think so?”

With 30 songs of pitch-perfect emotional upheaval, punctuated by moments like this one with Angelo, Adele has created her most vulnerable album to date in what has been her most revealing year yet.

And here we were, thinking we knew everything there was to know about her heart’s inner workings.

Adele and her ex-husband, Angelo’s father, Simon Konecki, just settled their divorce in January, almost two years after a terse April 16, 2019, statement alerted the world to their separation after eight years together as a couple.

(It was planned to be a Good Friday weekend, Adele thought.)

As She Bares Her Heart on 30 Years, Adele Has Her Most Revealing Year Yet

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Inside Adele’s Most Revealing Year Yet as She Bares Her Heart on 30

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