Nobody does a breakup quite like Adele.
While us normals are eating our feelings, posting not-so-thinly veiled deep thoughts to Instagram and fighting the urge to drunk text our ex, she’s in the studio churning out some of her most celebrated work.
And, okay, she’s admitted to not being entirely sober while doing it, but if she wants to gift us the likes of “Chasing Pavements”, “Rolling in the Deep” and “Turning Tables”, we’re not here to question her methods.
So prolific are her breakup ballads that people were concerned when she seemingly settled down for good with now-estranged husband Simon Konecki. As much as fans were rooting for the singer to have the happy ending she so richly deserved, enough expressed concerns about how her contentment might affect them, she felt the need to remind them she’s not just a commodity, but an actual person living her actual life.
“How I felt when I wrote 21, it ain’t worth feeling like that again…I was very sad and very lonely,” she asserted to i-D in 2015 of not looking to create a repeat of her second disc. “Regardless of being a mum or a girlfriend, I didn’t want to feel like that again.”
That’s not to say people were hoping she and Konecki would split. The parents to 7-year-old Angelo seemed, outwardly, at least, to have a good thing going and it’s hard not to want the best for someone who’s been open about past relationship struggles and how tough this whole love game is. Not to mention someone who’s just so darn likable.
But a little more than a year removed from their divorce announcement the Billboard chart-topper seems to be doing pretty okay.
For a self-professed homebody, who told Rolling Stone, “I’m not sure if I’ll ever not feel a bit overwhelmed when I go to places where there are loads of stars,” her social calendar seems to be filled—more often than not with the type of celeb-filled outings the singer-songwriter inexplicably worries she’ll be kicked out of. “She’s so busy, but her life is better-rounded than it was before,” an industry source told People.
This year alone, before social distancing made any plans irrelevant, the fun-loving Brit enjoyed a New Year’s holiday in Anguilla with pals James Corden and Harry Styles, made a surprise appearance (dressed in gold) at both Madonna and Beyoncé‘s post-Oscar fetes and gifted the guests at friend Laura Dockrill‘s February wedding with an impromptu performance.
And fans are so waiting-on-pins-and-needles excited for her follow-up to 25—hello, she’s turning 32 today—a simple Instagram Story from her makeup artist is enough to send them all into a tailspin.
As for the British transplant, now loving her life in Los Angeles, it’s time with her son that whips her into a frenzy.
Time off from school last summer afforded them a trip to Utah where, a source told People, they “took a boating tour on Lake Powell and hiked the slot canyons. Adele very much enjoys U.S. nature and wanted to show Angelo around historic sites.”
But she also fit in a historic moment of her own back in her native U.K., attending the final show of the Spice World—2019 Tour at Wembley Stadium in June. “Oiii last time I saw the Spice Girls at Wembley was 21 years ago!” she wrote on Instagram. “Tonight with my nearest and dearest I cried, laughed, screamed, danced, reminisced and fell back in love with my 10 year old self.”